Ethan Gates

Librarians are awesome story:

About a year ago I was working on a research project and couldn't find a book - it was cited in another book, but had no WorldCat record, there was no online trace of its (Moscow-based) publisher, the Slavic-language specialist at the university library was even stumped. I put in a request for acquisition anyway with what info I had, because what the hell


November 07, 2018
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SURVEY OPPORTUNITY. Library, Archives, and Museum workers! Have you held a position created through grant funding (US)? Was any of the work you did digital? We want to hear about your experience as a worker:

(this is separate from forum participation)

This survey is gathering data for Collective Responsibility: National Forum on Labor Practices for Grant-Funded Digital Positions, IMLS funding number LG-73-18-0236. Help us & share the survey w/friends and colleagues.

November 01, 2018
Ethan Gates

Are there any good blog posts/resources out there you know of that are like @bitsgalore 's Preserving Optical Media from the Command line guide but for hard drives?

October 30, 2018
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RT @joshuatj No Time to Wait 3: Rough Consensus and Running Archives is happening right now.

A FREE two-day symposium focused on open media, open standards, and digital audiovisual preservation hosted by British Film Institute and

More info at

Catch the livestream at

October 25, 2018
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Vicky Steeves

Hey, qualitative researchers! Try out the first release of this *FREE* and *OPEN SOURCE* qualitative research tool, Taguette!

This is the first ever release of Taguette and dev is ongoing. You can read more: & look at the roadmap:

Installers for macOS and Windows are here: and so are installation instructions for folks on Linux!

October 22, 2018
Ethan Gates

Are there any existing/openly available controlled vocabularies for cataloging computer hardware?

October 18, 2018
Ethan Gates

Love having a whiteboard again so I can peer into my own soul

October 17, 2018
Ethan Gates

No I don't *need* to use the hockey puck mouse but how could I not

October 15, 2018
Ethan Gates

Around and around and around we go

October 12, 2018
Ethan Gates

Is it possible to have an Ubuntu desktop environment that doesn't eat ~1.5 GB of RAM out of the box *and* whose design looks fresher than 2010 or are those the options

September 26, 2018