This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archivy, but also including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!
The November/December 2015 Archival Outlook is now online.
Politics & Government
The Nix film, one of two that shows the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is lost. The family has sued NARA for $10 million, but NARA claims it does not have it.
With half of resold hard drives in a recent study still containing data from previous owners (even though 75% had attempted to erase data), secure deletion is important to understand. How does the cloud change the need?
Kudos to Jarrett Drake for alerting SAA Council that the Chicago Police Department’s contract with the city’s police union requires disciplinary actions to be deleted after 5 years. (See section 8.4.)
The Denver Post has an editorial regarding Colorado State University’s refusal to hand over an electronic – and searchable – database of employee names, salaries, and raises to a reporter investigating a discrimination claim. Colorado’s open records act only requires them to hand over a print copy.
CyArk is attempting to save Middle Eastern culture from ISIS vandalism digitally.
Odds and Ends
Someone has made a compilation of NASA and Russian Cosmonaut UFO footage. The truth is out there!