Archiving the Electronic Frontier

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For our May meetup, we have invited two Digital Archivists from the University of Texas to lead a discussion on a vast and unique challenge — preserving the huge, complex, and rapidly growing volume of information that our modern culture produces.


* Jennifer Hecker is an archivist and access strategist at the University of Texas Libraries ( where she supports scholarly digital projects and does outreach work. She also runs the Austin Fanzine Project ( and the Austin Music Documentation Initiative ( She will be presenting an overview of the archives profession, and featuring key issues and challenges in the world of digital archives.

* Jessica Meyerson is Digital Archivist at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History ( where she has developed best practices, procedures, and metadata guidelines for the Briscoe Center's digitized and born-digital resources. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on an IMLS National Forum Grant proposal to establish a Software Preservation Network, which will be the focus of her presentation.

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