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The University of Maine’s Digital Curation program has already earned acclaim from its students, while the Education Advisory Board recognized it fulfills “a growing need in the public and private sectors” as employer demand for digital curation professionals has grown 60% from 2010 to 2013. Now, professors in the program have earned major awards that recognize their unique contributions to the field.
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By Jon Ippolito

PrintAmong the joys that came with winning the inaugural Thoma Foundation Prize for arts writing last April was discovering the work of my co-winner, Joanne McNeil. Once I got over the shock of being recognized as an Established Writer–”establishment” being a point of view I’m rarely associated with–I took the occasion to read what I could find by the Emerging Writer who shared my award. I like what I found.
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espenschied_dragan_dig_teleconfIf you’re over 30, chances are you’ve stumbled on a CD-ROM, game cartridge, or floppy disk in a box that you’d like to access but can’t, because you’ve long gotten rid of the hardware that went with it. Maybe you imagined your local library or museum has been stockpiling vintage Ataris and Mac 512s, but even they will be hard-pressed to keep obsolete hardware running in the long-term.

What if running those old programs were no harder than launching a Web browser? Last week Dragan Espenschied presented this option in a teleconference organized for students of the University of Maine’s Digital Curation graduate program.

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ZAK virtual reality labThe German town of Karlsruhe is no stranger to advanced technology, as home to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the ZKM Center for Art and Technology Karlsruhe. In his keynote for the November 2014 Digital Archiving conference at the ZAK Center for Digital Tradition (CODIGT), Still Water Co-Director Jon Ippolito presented advanced technologies as both the means for and object of novel preservation techniques. Emerging in Europe and the Americas, these new strategies harness everything from emulation to crowdsourcing to virtual reality.

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Digital Curation at the University of Maine

Good news for out-of-state and international students interested in the University of Maine’s online Digital Curation graduate program.

The University has extended its long-distance discount to students who enroll in the Certificate by this spring.

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Education Advisory Board (EAB) logoThe University of Maine’s online program in digital curation has been growing quickly, with applications to the graduate certificate tripling over the past two years. It’s good timing, because US employer demand for digital curation professionals grew 60% from 2010 to 2013. That’s according to a report just out from the Education Advisory Board, which features the University of Maine as one of the only institutions in the world offering such a program.

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Still Water Co-Director Joline Blais and Still Water Research Fellow gkisedtanamoogk both spoke at Building Sustainable Communities: International, National and Local Perspectives, held at the University of Maine from 24-25 October 2014. Both veterans of the LongGreenHouse project, Blais and gkisedtanamoogk brought long-term yet pragmatic visions to this gathering of lawmakers, architects, engineers, and activists.

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Jon Ippolito in Mexico City, 2014Professionals across the spectrum of cultural heritage institutions are struggling to keep up with an increasingly digital landscape, as confirmed by the 30-odd contributions to Mexico’s first Symposium on Audiovisual and Digital Archiving (SIPAD). Today’s curators and conservators have their hands full coping with constantly changing video formats and Web standards, not to mention convincing legislators and administrators to support the enormous effort and time required to bring collections into the 21st century.

On the eve of Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead, a handful of presenters at this event organized by at the National Institute of Anthropology and History suggested that a solution for exhausted professionals may come from unexpected sources. In his concluding keynote for the week-long conference, Still Water co-director Jon Ippolito urged professionals to learn from the surprising successes of amateurs in rescuing artifacts that would otherwise have been lost to obsolescence.

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Digital Curation at the University of MaineAfter observing the impressive response to its fledgling Digital Curation program, which has already been called “a national standard for the study of digital curation,” the University of Maine has approved a special discount for out-of-state students. In-state tuition for our Digital Curation graduate certificate is one-third the cost of out-of-state tuition–and anyone who enrolls this month can qualify for this huge discount.

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dartmouth_logoStarting this September, Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell will be starting a full-time position with the Dartmouth Research Commons at Dartmouth College. Bell will be spearheading the development of an innovative institutional repository for this elite university as well as galvanizing digital collaborations with humanities faculty across campus. Fortunately for us, Bell will continue to teach digital collection and exhibition as a UMaine Assistant Professor of Digital Curation.

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