Knight News Challenge Round 2 | Pop Up Archive

Pop Up Archive has entered the mix for the second round of the Knight News Challenge. This challenge is all about data. We at Pop Up Archive have gone one better;we’re all about metadata. That’s right, data about data. Check out our application at  Knight News Challenge Round 2 | Pop Up Archive. Like it, share it, Tweet it.

Knight News Challenge Round 2 | Pop Up Archive

Notes on Format Obsolescence

In a post from 2007, Digital preservationist David Rosenthal argues format obsolescence is a “serious and ultimately fatal problem”:

The most important threat to digital preservation is not the looming but distant and gradual threat of format obsolescence. It is rather the immediate and potentially fatal threat of economic failure. No-one has enough money to preserve the materials that should be preserved with the care they deserve. That is why current discussions of digital preservation prominently feature the problem of “sustainability”.

Rosenthal writes about two main activities of repository ingest: preservation metadata and format migration tools. This is why we love places and projects like the Internet Archive and LOCKSS.

Notes on Format Obsolescence

We’re excited to share our Master’s thesis report with you!

And we are also honored to share this news with you: in addition to $14,000 in funding from an honorable mention and the people’s choice award in the Berkeley Big Ideas competition, Pop Up Archive was also the recipient of the I School’s James R. Chen Award for Enhancing Information Systems this year. We even took home an unexpected bonus prize for this cool video made for us by the talented Mario Furloni.

Read all about it here!