Religion News Service: Boston’s Catholic archdiocese expands effort to digitize archives

Religion News Service: Boston’s Catholic archdiocese expands effort to digitize archives. “When Thomas Lester began his job as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston’s archivist in 2014, he quickly noticed that many of the archdiocese’s bound archives containing centuries of records of sacraments performed by its clergy were beginning to fall apart.”

Third Sector: Fixers trustees ‘working to find suitable home’ for digital archive

Third Sector: Fixers trustees ‘working to find suitable home’ for digital archive. “Trustees at the youth charity Fixers have sought to reassure supporters that they are working with senior management to find a ‘suitable charitable home’ for its digital archive before it closes at the end of the month.”

Quartz: The early internet is breaking—meet the people saving it

Quartz: The early internet is breaking—meet the people saving it. “In 1999, Olia Lialina taught web design in Germany. In class, she’d use amateur sites as examples of what not to do. But then, Lialina realized that those pages were disappearing. So she began to collect, and, eventually, study them to understand the values embedded within the early web’s ever-present starry night backgrounds, Mail Me buttons, and welcome signs.”

Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka): Preserving books for posterity

Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka): Preserving books for posterity. “I once visited a leading public library in the city, and almost on every shelf I saw at least one brown envelope with a red sticker saying, ‘Do not remove.’ I wondered why. The librarian explained that each envelope contained the remnants of a book that can no longer bear the touch of human hands. She lowered her voice and said, ‘These books are dead, and these are their graves.’ One day I took an old tattered book to a binder. He had a close look at it and said, ‘Sorry, I can’t bind this book.’ When I asked the reason why, he said, ‘It’s dead.’ Sometimes, librarians and book binders are kindred spirits.”

State of the Planet / Columbia University: Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

State of the Planet / Columbia University: Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data . “Over the next five years, the Astromaterials Data System will collect, organize, and digitize study results not only from the samples collected by the Apollo missions, but also studies based on meteorites, cosmic dust samples, and samples from asteroids and comets gathered from outer space.”

Kickstarter Project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers

Sounds like an awesome Kickstarter project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers . “Currently, the entire collection is housed safely at our New Orleans headquarters where it will stay in the original Mylar sleeves until we have the full capability to process and re-enter it into record with our proposed unprecedented image quality and data utility. Our next major undertaking is to scan and digitize the entire New Orleans DNA holdings–over 500,000 sides of newsprint & special supplements, mostly from The Daily Picayune and Times-Picayune from 1888-1929, a collection unrivaled in both continuity and condition.”

ABC News: Decades of history could be ‘erased from Australia’s memory’ as tape machines disappear, archivists warn

ABC News (Australia): Decades of history could be ‘erased from Australia’s memory’ as tape machines disappear, archivists warn. “Australia’s memory institutions are racing to digitise their magnetic tape collections before the year 2025, when archivists around the world expect it will become almost impossible to find working tape playback machines.”