Digitally preserving your archival materials provides a multitude of benefits. First and foremost, your history is saved for future generations — pretty important, if you ask us. If natural disaster strikes or your materials simply decay over time, you have the next best thing to the original. You also have the ability to share your history with the world via a digital museum. Accessibility and transparency have never been more important than they are in the 21st century.
The world of history is deeply intertwined with the world of memory. Part of the reason I’m so passionate about saving history is that I witness how easily it can be lost forever.
When we conjure thoughts about the roles individuals played during World War II, we often think of men on the frontlines and women at home working in factories. We often overlook the contributions made by the 200,000+ women who served the U.S. military during that time.
As HistoryIT celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2021, we want to take the time to share how amazing our team of history savers is. In this blog series, you’ll get to know each member of our organization who makes HistoryIT’s history-saving work possible. We’d like to introduce you to Judy Netherland. [Read more…] about Meet a History Saver: Judy Netherland
Data about data — it’s so meta. Metadata are terms used to describe an archival asset — names, dates, location, condition or any relevant information about the item. Traditionally, historians use metadata to index and organize their collections. But in digital preservation, with a proper strategy in place, metadata becomes a magical tool that connects every element of your digital collections and creates an interactive experience.
One of the most fulfilling parts of our jobs at HistoryIT is sparking the curiosity in someone to go explore a piece of history previously unfamiliar to them. The accessibility and searchability of the digital museums we build for our clients provide entry points for users to learn about any number of items, ranging from traditional events to biographies to the history of snowboarding. It only takes one little nugget of information to start someone off on their own personal journey of historical research.
“Bigger than boxing. Larger than life.”
Those are the words announcing the September 19th premiere of the new Ken Burns documentary on PBS about Muhammad Ali. As the PBS website notes, “Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.” [Read more…] about Making Muhammad Ali’s Legacy Accessible
If you were to take some time to walk around and ask people if they believed anything is free, the overwhelming majority would answer no. Most of us understand that there really is nothing free in life. Everything comes at a cost, yet there is one idea that persists — open-source software is free.
As HistoryIT celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2021, we want to take the time to share how amazing our team of history savers is. In this blog series, you’ll get to know each member of our organization who makes HistoryIT’s history-saving work possible. We’d like to introduce you to Daniel Orr, our Digital Imaging Manager.
Back-to-school season is an exciting time. It marks the beginning of what will surely be a memorable year filled with unique moments, big decisions and the inevitable late-night study sessions. It’s also an opportunity to seize the fresh-start momentum and establish new initiatives for the year.