Like so many bully regimes before it, the Islamic State has a talent for propaganda. A big part of that effort is documenting the destruction of everything from architecture to artifacts, even if they’re unwittingly destroying replicas. In Iraq, the cultural heritage is real—and so is the threat.
The University of Iowa has an extensive and growing archive of Science Fiction and Fantasy publications, and now, they’re beginning to digitize their collection of fanzines.
Today, newsreels seem like a thing of the past—an outmoded medium that feels ancient in comparison to the way we consumer media today. But they dominated much of the 20th century, and now, the AP and British Movietone have uploaded more than one million minutes of them to YouTube.
In their battle against time, archivists have picked up a new weapon to bring back old manuscripts: dry ice.
Also, Cheese Cracker Cubes, Bacon Squares, "Frankfurters," Banana Pudding, and PEACH AMBROSIA. Wonder how that tasted in spaced-out form?
An unassuming scrapbook buried inside the archives of Sandwich, England turned out to hold quite a treasure: an original copy of the Magna Carta from 1300, one of just several that have survived all these centuries.
Once upon a time, CDs were a shiny new technology with a promise of lasting (nearly) forever. In those halcyon days of the 1990s, museums and symphonies began transferring their archives to CDs—a decision that in retrospect may not have been so wise. The catch is that some CDs are durable and others are not; we just…
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time: Instead of fragile paper or clunky disks, why not save your data to a shiny, secure CD? Fast forward a few decades and those CDs (and the data they hold) are suffering from something called "CD rot" — and researchers aren't quite sure why.
To commemorate the centenary of the Great War, the diaries of 3,987 British soldiers have been digitized and made available online. They contain first-hand accounts of trench warfare, gas attacks — oh, and that time two cats and a dog were suspected of being spies.
Digging through the archives of old libraries is a blast. Depending on the library, you'll find everything from dated architectural drawings to snippets of old children's books. You can just imagine the treasures to be found in the British Library's ancient archive. And, now, you don't even have to get your fingers…
The J. Paul Getty Museum is home to troves of fascinating historical artifacts. And last week, the museum announced a project to give the public unfettered access to it. The Open Content Program makes 4,600 high-resolution images available for free and for any use whatsoever. Here are 11 gems to help begin your…
So Amazon Glacier is here as super cheap storage for "data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable." But that's different from a lot of the storage you might have used in the past.
Before even cassettes became kitsch, we had the vinyl record. One legendary Englishman, John Peel, had more vinyl than just about anyone else. And, as one of the most influential disc jockeys ever to grace the airwaves, he often had them before everyone else.
IBM turns 100 today, but since Willard Scott hasn't paid tribute yet we'll do our part to wish America's most innovative company the happiest of birthdays. And for every Watson and ThinkPad you've already heard of, there are hundreds—thousands—of life-altering inventions for which we can thank Big Blue.
Google decided to close the doors on Google News Archives yesterday, announcing that they will no longer digitize back issues of newspapers. That means that Google won't be accepting any news about the Rapture today even for posterity's sake.
The Library of Congress announced this week that they'll be archiving every public tweet made since 2006, but they've been keeping track of some people's Twitter accounts way longer than that. We've collected some of the great tweets from yesteryear:
Maybe you'll be taking that next tweet a little more seriously, Joe Twitterer: the Library of Congress announced today that they'll be archiving every public tweet made since 2006. That's right: Twitter is now your legacy.
The Salman Rushdie archive on display at Emory, with its handwritten journals and 18GB scattered across four Apple computers, is unlike any other—you can log in to a computer, search his folders, scan his Stickies, run his apps.