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August 18, 2014

Say you decided to encapsulate your church's history in a single container. What items would you choose to show future generations, and where would you store it all? Most challengingly, how would you protect the items from air, water, animals, and forgetfulness--the four horsemen of failed time capsules?

Alex Denson of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, contacted me months ago to ask if PHS had any advice on the process. As Alex said, "everyone who does a time capsule is a novice, because you only do one in...

April 4, 2014

On April 1st, we updated our 60-year old microfilming program and officially went digital. Microfilm used to be the only way to permanently preserve records, but technological advances have made digital preservation a good alternative and far superior in its usability, cost, and space saving benefits. Furthermore, microfilm can still be used in conjunction with a digital preservation program by...

March 15, 2014

 

Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Wordpress, Yelp, YouTube, and Google have become essential tools for communicating with larger audiences. If you're like many people you've accepted terms of use for dozens of such online services--some of which may cause you problems down the line, especially if you've created an account on behalf of your organization.

Social media platforms are notorious for lengthy terms of service (ToS); besides Tumblr's latest revision, I've yet to find a ToS that is inviting or exciting to read. Still, when pushing your...

February 13, 2014

On January 23, 2014, PHS helped to coordinate the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Philadelphia Regional Meeting at the Library Company.  Launched in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is a collaborative effort among more than 100 government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation's digital...

January 10, 2014

Recently a patron contacted us because a few external reference links that were sent to him just a few months ago no longer existed. Most of us encounter this issue now and then whether we are users or administrators of websites: link rot.

Link rot (or linkrot), also known as link death or link breaking, is an informal term for the process by which hyperlinks (either on individual

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