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The unreadable Domesday Book
One of my favorite examples of digital obsolescence on account of the physical medium used for data storage is the BBC Domesday Project. The project was a partnership between three computer companies and the BBC to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, an 11th century census of En...
Published by kvdh , on 05 April 2012, 13.54
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Survey: What Are Your Plans for Your Personal Digital Archives?
Between June 2010 and December 2011, Sarah Kim from the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin interviewed 20 people about how they manage and preserve their digital documents and I asked about their long-term plans for their digital stuff. The interviewees were from varied backgroun...
Published by kvdh , on 05 April 2012, 13.29
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BBC History of computers
Although a decade old this BBC documentary on the history of computers is still fascinating. I have to admit that because my research focuses on the first desktop computers I got really happy watching part 8 and 9 in which the introduction of the desktop computer is explained. Small steps for a few b...
Published by kvdh , on 24 June 2011, 12.06
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Personal Archiving Day 2011
Personal Digital Archiving 2011 Conference was held in San Francisco on February 24-25 at the Internet Archive. The meeting aimed to share information and build a practitioner community for ensuring long term access to personal digital information. ...
Published by kvdh , on 12 May 2011, 13.03
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25 jaar .nl
DITZITEL was 25 jaar geleden de eerste breedband interactieve informatiedienst, een combinatie van telefoon en teletekst. In september 1986 werd tijdens de Firato in de RAI in Amsterdam de dienst door VNU Nieuwe Media geintroduceerd. Kijk hier naar de Brandpunt uitzending waar de uitvinder zelf toeli...
Published by kvdh , on 07 February 2011, 15.24
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Save as....03 File formats
Software is constantly being updated, and new software may not always support files created with older versions. Therefore, bear in mind exactly what you want to store. If it's a text document, then just the content may be enough. If it's a working draft, then you will also want to save the propertie...
Published by kvdh , on 05 April 2012, 15.11
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Save as... 02 Documents
Preservation of digital records requires a different approach to paper storage, because a digital file consists of a series of ones and zeros—the bit stream. This always needs a specific combination of hardware and software in order to be read. Damage to the bit stream and fast technological advanc...
Published by kvdh , on 05 April 2012, 15.03
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Save as... 01 Digital preservation
Preservation of digital records requires a different approach to paper storage, because a digital file consists of a series of ones and zeros—the bit stream. This always needs a specific combination of hardware and software in order to be read. Damage to the bit stream and fast technological advanc...
Published by kvdh , on 05 April 2012, 14.48
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Concise Guide nr 3
Very proud to present to you the latest addition to the Concise Guide archiving for Designers selection. Barcelona's Design Museum, centre and laboratory DHUB translated the Guide to Spanish and Catalan. We took the chance to update the  English text and all languages will be made available on the D...
Published by kvdh , on 07 February 2011, 15.57
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Bewaar Me - vijf vuistregels
Op 5 november sprak ik op de Premsela conferentie Bewaar Me - over het bewaren van vormgevingserfgoed. In mijn sessie besteden we aandacht aan het bewaren van digitale vormgevingsarchieven. ...
Published by kvdh , on 05 November 2010, 07.31
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Q&A Erik Adigard
Erik Adigard is a communication designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work ranges from branding, interaction design, immersive installations and video to consulting and design strategy. Better known projects include many visual essays for Wired magazine, websites for WiredDigital, the bra...
Published by , on 26 September 2011, 02.55
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Q&A Piet Schreuders
Piet Schreuders (1951), graphic designer since 1975, editor-publisher of magazines De Poezenkrant and Furore, art director of VPRO Gids, researcher and writer. www.pietschreuders.comImages courtesy Piet Schreuders. All rights reserved ©Piet Schreuders. ...
Published by , on 10 September 2011, 09.24
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Q&A Max Kisman
As an analog graphic designer I first got interested in using computers when I saw a music video that used pixelation in its imagery. It was the early 80s and at the time I was graphic designer for Vinyl Music magazine. I used computer prints in an experimental "computer issue" (see elsewhere on this...
Published by , on 10 September 2011, 08.11
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Digital Death Day
While we pay most of our attention to preserving our valuable digital data luckily other smart people think beyond this and concern about our digital afterlife. Last Digital Death Day held on 20 May 2010 in London brought together the businesses of social networking, data management and.... death car...
Published by kvdh , on 12 May 2011, 12.38
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Forgotten and found. The 1984 Apple Macintosh pricing list.
In 1982 Vinyl music magazine was designed using rudimentary computer printouts for its typography. The Apple Macintosh wasn't available then. Vinyl's design was experimental, clumsy, but it contained the idea that magazines might as well be computer generated. See the article on Vinyl, magazine for...
Published by , on 09 November 2010, 01.32
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