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January 10, 2014

Recently a patron contacted us because a few external reference links that were sent to him just a few months ago no longer existed. Most of us encounter this issue now and then whether we are users or administrators of websites: link rot.

Link rot (or linkrot), also known as link death or link breaking, is an informal term for the process by which hyperlinks (either on individual

December 13, 2013

Standards for keeping official records under the new Form of Government are handled by stated clerks of the presbytery.  Many presbyteries are excited (or just being pushed) to move to a digital work flow.  Keeping official electronic records can be daunting because of the numerous options available. 

If a church session wants to keep its records in digital form, from start to end, it needs to ensure that the same things that lend authenticity and longevity to paper documents show up in digital documents that are being created.  As software changes the files...

August 6, 2013

For better or worse, much communication and interaction today is done on Facebook.  Old Facebook posts and pictures are like a scrapbook created by friends. It's not just about the pictures and posts you create, but the conversation with your community. Nothing about Facebook is particularly open or archival--in fact, it's something that has kept some digital archivists up late at night. Facebook has a way to download (most of) your data so that you...

June 27, 2013

A reader from Spokane, Washington, sent in the following question:

My wife is the volunteer director of our presbytery resource center.  She is concerned on how to preserve some historically signified VHS tapes.  Any tips/help on this subject you have will be appreciated.

VHS tapes are degrading at an alarming rate.

The American Institute...

May 22, 2013

Today creating content is very simple. Massive amounts of information and content is being created every day. We create so many word documents, photographs, excel files,...

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