Jon Udell's weekly podcast from February 16 features Dan Chudnov in a lengthy conversation about OpenURLs, COINS, xISBNs, FRBR, digital archiving, and other library geekery. This is a long, but rewarding conversation that surfaces many issues of technical librarianship into one of the technical world's A-list blogs. If you've been putting off raising your understanding of OpenURLs and related technolgies, this podcast will help contextualize contextual linking, and give you a roadmap for exploring a host of related technologies.
One of Udell's pet peeves is the difficulty of assuring the archival preservation of blogs, a medium that he, more than most, has invested in as a serious record of thought. Conventional thinking has it that blogs are ephemeral, and who really cares if they are preserved? I'm with Udell -- Blogs will become (are?) an important cultural and historical record -- even if they are ephemeral. Remember the days when libraries were wringing their collective hands about preserving slow-burning acid-paper collections? It was the so-called ephemera of earlier eras that caused the greatest concern, as these were precisely the materials that would disappear most quickly, and leave holes in the cultural record of their time. So, today -- blogs.
Udell and Chudnov pod-pine for a business model for the preservation of blogs today. Why not an inexpensive LOCKSS-like blog preservation service run by... who else... libraries? Perhaps in Dan's new role in the Library of Congress he will be able to promote such a service.
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