Monday, August 2, 2010 at 1:09PM
I attended the lecture "Open Source at the Library of Congress" presented by Leslie Johnston at George Washington University on July 15. Her presentation focused on how the Library of Congress has used and has been instrumental in creating opensource software for digitization projects, digital preservation, and information management.
The most interesting part of this presentation (for me) was the mention of BWFMetaEdit, the opensource embedded metadata editor for broadcast wave files I was introduced to at ARSC 2010. LoC contracted the creation of this program, which was available, though not formally released, as of July 15. Though I have not downloaded this program yet, I look forward to experimenting with it.
I also discovered that the Library of Congress is involved in so many electronic records management projects and digital initiatives, they archive over one Petabyte of material each year! And to think, I thought that archiving one Terabyte in a year was a lot!