Preservation of correspondence

Robert Feldman r_a_feldman at
Mon Feb 5 20:18:05 CST 2007

I sent a longer email to Al off-list, but I wanted to let the rest of you 
know about something the company I work for (Kristine Fallon Associates) is 
doing. We did a study for the Art Institute of Chicago about how their 
Department of Architecture and Design could collect and preserve the 
"digital design data" (CAD files, images, Poiwerpoints, etc.) that 
architects are using more and more. Our report is online at We are now 
just about finished creating a working prototype archival system. I'm 
programming a Web client for entering the metadata and a programmer for the 
AIC is doing the back end. We are using the DSpace archive software 
(developed by MIT and HP) as the storage mechanism.

Our approach is certainly not directly applicable to preserving software -- 
we suggest using PDF's as wrappers for a lot of data -- but I think the 
report addresses a number of important, and common, issues.


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Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 15:54:47 -0500
From: "William Donzelli" <wdonzelli at>
Subject: Re: Preservation of correspondence
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>One of the things I've been disturbed to discover is CHM appears to be one
>of the few institutions who are attempting to archive software.

CHM is a fairly unique institution, that is why. There are only a
handful of computer museums that are run like museums. Many "computer
museums" are just glorified users groups, informal circles of friends,
or just guys that like hoarding machines and docs.


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