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Beyond the Fat Wire

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NISO Digital Preservation Forum: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources

[Note: slides have moved here]

A couple of weeks ago I attended the NISO Digital Preservation Forum in Washington, DC -- an excellent event. There were about 100 attendees, with all sessions in one room and seating at round tables -- perfect for meeting and talking to people, for taking notes or getting out a laptop, and generally more comfortable than rows of chairs.

Presentations are now available for download on the forum agenda page. All were interesting and informative, but particularly so were Evan Owens' "Long-Term Preservation and Standards: An Uneasy Alliance", Lucille Nowell's "The Data Preservation Imperative: A Global Challenge", Katherine Skinner's "The MetaArchive Cooperative: A Collaborative Approach to Distributed Digital Preservation", and Deborah Thomas and David Brunton's "Mitigating Preservation Threats: Standards and Practices in the National Digital Newspaper Program".

Deborah was sitting at the same table I was, and in chatting, she talked about their pilot project putting Library of Congress images on flickr. She said they've had a hugely successful response, judged by hits, favoriting, and commenting. She also said they've gotten valuable information from flickr users, correcting or adding information about the images they'd posted.

All in all, this was a terrific event. Can't say I'd recommend the hotel though.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Posts temporarily unpublished

I'll republish elsewhere later...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Usability of Usability events

Last time I was at one of Jakob's events, I complained about usability issues related to the event itself.

This time, the event itself is ok, but the venue is another story.

Of all the hotels in San Francisco, they chose one:
  • with no casual dining options. In fact, since I brought jeans, knit shirts, and black sneakers, I might not even pass the hotel restaurant's dress code.
  • without a coffee shop/kiosk/whatever
  • with a single set of restrooms (which can each accommodate about 5 people at a time for the respective genders -- and that includes those waiting in line) to serve two meeting rooms each with a capacity of a couple hundred)
  • which is located at the top of a hill, the final grade of which has got to be 45 degrees (and, if there were attendees with mobility problems, how were they supposed to go get lunch within one hour?)