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  • New FIAT/IFTA Commission: Value, Use and Copyrights

    June 4, 2018

    The Value, Use and Copyrights Commission’s core objective is to gather and share experience and knowledge of all aspects in the process of opening up collections in a digital environment in order to increase awareness and grow the value of audiovisual archives worldwide.

  • Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

    May 30, 2018

    At a screening of a restoration of the 1928 silent film 'The Man Who Laughs' at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the studio revealed that it will be restoring 10 new titles in the next few years.

  • Digital Preservation Awards launched for 2018

    May 25, 2018

    The search for the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors has begun again this year, with the launch of the 2018 Digital Preservation Awards! Entry is now open for nominations as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organizations who have made significant and...

  • Christopher Nolan's Version of Vinyl: Unrestoring '2001'

    May 14, 2018

    In a world of high-definition and 4K resolution, Christopher Nolan is time-traveling to the days of analog. He restored Stanley Kubricks epic masterpiece exactly as Kubrick intended, without digital manipulation. The occasional visible scratch would be allowed to slip through. 

  • Is Technology Bringing History to Life or Distorting It?

    May 10, 2018

    From colorized photos to recreating unrecorded speeches. The digital-age ability to make history more visceral has many in the field giddy. But not everyone is embracing the magic. For many history purists, creating images and sounds that depend on guesswork rubs against cherished academic norms.

  • Historicizing Home Movie Practices: Two Complementary Perspectives

    May 10, 2018

    Recently, two doctoral dissertations on the home movie as a twentieth-century cultural practice saw the light of day. Tim van der Heijden defended his dissertation Hybrid Histories: Technologies of Memory and the Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies, 1895-2005 at Maastricht University in January. Tom Slootweg followed...

  • IASA-TC 06 Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings

    May 7, 2018

    The first part of IASA's long awated preservation guidelines are now online. It focusses on the preservation of video recordings on conventional carriers. For the most part, this means the digitization of analogue videotapes, but it also encompasses the transfer of content from some types of digital videotapes.

  • BBC Releases over 16.000 Archival Sound Samples

    April 25, 2018

    The BBC has shared a massive library of over 16.000 sound samples from its archive. It's been available to download by the general public now, under its RemArc licence terms, which limit use of the samples to "personal, educational, or research purposes."

  • Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNA

    April 24, 2018

    In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of their album Mezzanine, U.K.-based trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack transform the audio into DNA. This is the first time an entire album has been coded in molecules of DNA, preserving it for thousands of years.

  • Tate Awarded its Largest Research Grant To Date: $1.5 Million From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    March 15, 2018

    Tate has been awarded $1.5 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a major research initiative that will develop innovative models for the conservation and management of recent and contemporary works of art. The award is the largest single research grant made to Tate and is for a three-and-a-half year...

  • DIASTOR Scanner Study Available for Download

    March 1, 2018

    Started in 2013, the study of professional film scanners and their interaction with a selection of color film stocks is now completed. In the course of the project, DIASTOR investigated 7 different high-end scanners with 8 different film stocks. In contrast to previous scanner studies, DIASTOR did not focus...

  • How a British Scientist Saved Disney's Oldest Cartoons From Destruction

    February 23, 2018

    Many original Disney films were hand-painted on plastic sheets that after 80 years have started to warp, causing the paint to flake. While most artworks benefit from a dry environment, British scientists found that increasing humidity caused paint to reattach itself, thus reversing the damage.

  • VRT Preserves Its Audio Heritage

    February 22, 2018

    Nine years after the Belgian Dutch-language public broadcaster VRT decided to launch a digitization and archiving project, the massive transfer of audio-visual content is entering the final stage. By 2019, some 38,000 lacquer and shellac record sides will be digitized and stored for use and future reference. Read...

  • New Audio Digitization Performance Testing Guidelines and Software from FADGI

    February 9, 2018

    The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative is pleased to announce the release of ADCTest, an open source software application designed to facilitate performance testing of analog-to-digital converters (ADC) used in audio digitization preservation workflows. Developed by AVP in collaboration with Christian...

  • FIAT/IFTA 2018: The Archive’s Renaissance: Navigating the Future, Channelling the Past

    February 7, 2018

    In times of fake news the classic archival values of reliability and authenticity once again feature prominently: they have not been blown away by the digital storm, but are valued higher than ever before by archivists, researchers, media producers and the industry, who try to channel the content, also at high tide....

  • From Archive to Classroom: The Radio Preservation Task Force in 2018

    February 2, 2018

    On November 2-4, 2017, the second national meeting of the Radio Preservation Task Force took place in Washington D.C. Participants asked challenging questions, discussed innovative strategies, and made productive connections. The task in 2018 is to put this all this work into practice in order to continue and expand...

  • Call for papers IASA Conference 2018

    February 1, 2018

    Call for presentations is open for the 49th Annual Conference of IASA, from 1-4 October 2018, at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. Conference theme: Access and Accessibility - Archival Policies and Barriers in the Age of Global Information Exchange.*** The deadline for...

  • VRT Preserves Its Audio Heritage

    January 22, 2018

    Nine years after the Belgian Dutch-language public broadcaster VRT decided to launch a digitization project, the massive transfer of audiovisual content is entering the final stage. By 2019, some 38.000 lacquer and shellac record slides will be digitized  future reference.

  • Lasers and X-rays - Recovering Morecambe and Wise

    January 18, 2018

    After finding the last remaining copy of an episode of Morecambe and Wise's first BBC series from 1968 in a Nigerian vault, the R&D team managed to restore the severely deteriorated reel of film without unwrapping it 2using lasers and X-ray microtomography.

  • Frisian Film Archive Discovers Rare Missing Fragments From Stan Laurel Film 'Detained'

    January 15, 2018

    In the Dutch copy of the Stan Laurel film Detained (1924), a scene with special effects has been discovered which is mising in other surviving copies. The scene was found during stocktaking of old nitrate films for a large digitization project the Frisian Film Archive is involved in.

  • Shaping the Future of Audiovisual Archiving: New International Think Tank Identifies Strategic Priorities For the Field

    January 11, 2018

    The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision today is publishing its new White Paper, Towards a New Audiovisual Think Tank for Audiovisual Archivists and Cultural Heritage Professionals. The White Paper identifies strategic priorities for audiovisual archiving in the coming decade and puts forward 10 concrete...

  • Our film and video history is threatened by the rise of streaming video

    January 10, 2018

    As the mass audience gravitates toward the big streaming services, those services have more incentive to focus their streaming inventory on recent and self-produced titles. That threatens the economics of film history. The way that many movie buffs first discovered the glories of cinema history — through serendipity...

  • A New Chair for the CCAAA

    January 4, 2018

    As stipulated by its terms of reference, the CCAAA's Board is chaired on a rotating basis by a mandated representative of each of its member-associations. Rachael Stoeltje, Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, member of FIAF's Executive Committee, and a CCAAA Board member since 2015,...

  • Save your Archive: Rivonia trials soon available online

    December 22, 2017

    Since 2013, FIAT/IFTA member INA collaborates with the National Archives of South Africa (NARSSA) to digitise the audio recordings of the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trial in which the leaders of the anti-Apartheid movement were condemned to life-long imprisonment. The recordings of the trial were made on more than 50.000 so...

  • Blog: The Future of Television Archives

    December 11, 2017

    Over the last 20 years the technology of television has completely changed. Analogue transmission from huge aerials to bulky cathode-ray tube receivers has been replaced by digital transmission from aerials, satellites and fibre-optic cables, sent to flat screen LED devices. An even greater change is 'television'...