No Time To Wait! 2

Kieran O’Leary of Irish Film Archive did a perfect job summarizing the conference here, so I really recommend reading that one and only reading mine if you want a sub-par sequel. Or don’t even listen to either of us, just go watch the talks! Here you can find the schedule. Some of the major themes this year: Open source funding models So many of the talks went into the struggles of open source funding, from...
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ffmprovisr gets a redesign

Introduction If you haven’t been to ffmprovisr in a while but check it out right now, you’ll notice it recently got a makeover (go check, we’ll wait)! ffmprovisr has been looking the same since its initial inception over three years ago, as I recently noticed while looking through old images. The most noticeable difference, at first, is going to be some of the visual changes, but ffmprovisr actually got a full, comprehensive redesign in terms...
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CSS Grid and New Order

Hi! 👋 I gave my website a makeover. I gave it many makeovers! Here’s how that went for me last Sunday, bored and unwilling to do actually-productive and meaningful things. This is what I did and a love letter to CSS Grid Layout. Before First, here is what I was starting with, my previous website. Fine, minimal, Josephin Sans and Open Sans courtesy of Google Fonts, with skeleton for a CSS framework, normalize.css on top...
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Accessibility and Archivability

Okay, so this is the follow-up post to this (or, rather, that was the aperitif post to this one). I was at the Joint Meeting of New York City & Mid-Atlantic Archive-It partner groups at METRO a little while ago, and a question came up about how to best guide creators towards good practices in the website development stage, to better support future preservation efforts. There are some guides in place for this (jump to...
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How do web archiving frameworks work?

“If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” If you wish to explain how web archiving works from a technical standpoint, you must first understand the ecosystem. I was anticipating (jk - it’s live now, here!!) writing a blog post about website archivability from a development perspective (“How can I make my website more archivable?”) but realized I needed to provide an overview of web archiving in general...
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The Collection Management System Collection

Crowd-sourcing a list of digital repository options. Here is the spreadsheet! Hey hey. It seems like every couple of months, I get asked for advice on picking a Collection Management System (or maybe referred to as a digital repository, or something else) for use in an archive, special collection library, museum, or another small “GLAMorous” institution. The acronym is CMS, which is not to be confused with Content Management System (which is for your blog)....
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Thanks, team: My time at the New York Public Library

I said I wouldn’t write a cheesy (or grumpy) Medium post about me leaving my current job, so I guess it’s fortunate I have my own blogging platform and I don’t have to be a hypocrite about it! 😘 Today is my last day at the 🦁 New York Public Library 🦁, where I’ve spent the past two years as an applications developer. Like others before me (it is an honor to always be in...
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Open Source Bridge 2017

This week, I went to Open Source Bridge in Portland, OR. It’s a conference “for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.” Usually I spend a lot of time taking notes for myself and others via tweeting, but this time I decided to chill on the tweets and try to wrap things up as a blog overview instead. Day 1! Tech Reform Nicole Sanchez asked us...
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Cry Map: Greater Boston Area, ca. 2010

Last week I was describing the Greater Boston Area as a city I’ve pretty much cried all over. I didn’t live there for very long (and not consistently, either, so this time period is really little sections of mostly 2008, 2010, and 2012…I think). But when I did live there, I was notably very weepy. So I mapped it out and my description was… not wrong. I cried all over multiple cities, constantly. And it’s...
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How to livestream and record a conference when you have no money

I’ve explained this to so many people and thought about this so much that I had to check and make sure I definitely have not written about this on my blog before, but it turns out that I have not. First, what is this going to be about? This is a guide to setting up a lo-fi but totally acceptable livestreaming and conference video recording situation using affordable equipment, much of which can be found...
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Making an I Ching application in Javascript

This is the process I used to go about building a small, for-fun webpage. I hope this can help demystify the process of building a website, even if just a little bit. My first step was the figure out how the I Ching worked, which means going to Wikipedia and reading about it. This scared me a little bit, because the process is pretty complicated. You know, it’s like the O.G. algorithm. There’s an algorithm...
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Minimum Viable Station Documentation: Recipes

Last month I created and posted about a Minimum Viable Station document. There was such an overwhelming and positive response to this doc! I’m really so happy to see it expand into such a wealth of expert advice. However, I don’t want newbies to feel overwhelmed at the size of this document. I want anybody, at any level, to be able to set up their own digitization system within the constraints of their financial situation,...
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2016 Reflection and 2017 Goals: Retrospective and refactoring

Welcome to the Ashley Blewer annual report! It’s that time of year again, where I start thinking about where I was at this time last year and where I am now. Here were my goals for 2016. 2016 So. What did I do? Working Two projects I worked on shipped: LaMaMa Digital Collections and Screen Slate. Honestly I ended up doing basically zero work on Screen Slate other than attend meetings and complain about things...
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Minimum Viable Station Documentation

Hello, internet of people! Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and have started working on is the creation of documentation for people who want to set up their own analog audiovisual media digitization stations (called elsewhere as memory labs, personal archiving labs, transfer stations, et al). Aside: I’m also super influenced by my goal of supporting an in-the-works Southeast U.S. Transfer Station by any (remote) means possible. 2017 goals! I’m specifically interested...
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FACING / FEAR / FIRST

Note well: I wrote this over a year ago and forgot to post it. Here it is, right in time for it to not be near graduation-time whatsoever. But also here it is, a preparing-you-for-your-job-hunt pep talk on the internet for whenever you need it. Hello. This is a much-fuller version of professional talk that I didn’t give in anticipation of the slightly nauseated-anticipation-feeling I know is felt deep within people exiting their final semester...
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