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  • Van Gogh Museum chief: it’s critical to diversify our income streams

    September 8, 2015

    Axel Ruger on Van Gogh’s allure, new business opportunities and why more leading cultural figures should be on the boards of major businesses.

    Source: 
    www.theguardian.com
  • The Last Audio Cassette Factory

    September 8, 2015

    Springfield, MO-based National Audio Company opened in 1969 and when other major manufacturers abandoned tape manufacturing for CD production in the late 1990s, the company held on tight. Now, the cassette maker is pumping out more cassettes than ever before.

    Source: 
    www.bloomberg.com
  • Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to Create a New Video Format

    September 1, 2015

    THE LIST, WITH a few notable exceptions, is a roster of some of the biggest names in tech: Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix are teaming up to revamp the way video works over the Internet.

    Source: 
    www.wired.com
  • AMIA Film Preservation Conference: Speakers Warn That Indie Films Are in “Danger”

    August 22, 2015

    Many independent movies made in the digital era are in “danger” of not being preserved, warned speakers on a panel that paid tribute to The Film Foundation’s 25th anniversary, Friday evening at The Association of Moving Image Archivists' (AMIA)35th Reel Thing symposium for Hollywood’s motion picture restoration and...

    Source: 
    www.hollywoodreporter.com
  • “SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage” last call!

    August 19, 2015

    Registration for SOIMA 2015 in Brussels has been extended to 23 August. This international conference will be festively opened at the MIM, the musical instruments museum, on Wednesday 2 September 2015 with an eco-acoustic concert by David Monacchi.

    Source: 
    www.soima2015.org
  • EUscreenXL Aggregation reached – and surpassed – its halfway mark

    August 12, 2015

    EUscreenXL Aggregation has reached – and surpassed – its halfway mark. Anyone with an internet connection and a computer, or mobile device, can now search Europeana.eu to find more than 540.000 television and radio programmes, newsreels, home movies, amateur films and other contextual material, related to the...

    Source: 
    blog.euscreen.eu
  • The Challenge of Finding the Right Users for your Content

    August 12, 2015

    If you are working in digital cultural heritage, you probably know the following dilemma: The world wide web is full of carefully curated, high quality content: scientific paper databases, sounds archives, historical photographies and much more. However, a large part of these treasures remains largely untapped, for...

    Source: 
    eexcess.eu
  • Louis le Prince shot the first film – but did he invent movies?

    August 4, 2015

    Louis le Prince shot the first film – but did he invent movies?

    Source: 
    theconversation.com
  • Museums are becoming more playful in how they ask us for money

    August 4, 2015

    On the 46th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum launched their phenomenally successful Reboot The Suit crowdfunding campaign, the Smithsonian’s first attempt at garnering micro-payments through the site....

    Source: 
    theconversation.com
  • A Decade After Katrina, IT Leaders Share Lessons Learned

    July 28, 2015

    As the 10th anniversary of Katrina approaches, many are reflecting on the disaster recovery best practices derived from one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes to hit the nation. The coastal cities and towns in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have learned that continuity of operations planning isn’t a...

    Source: 
    www.statetechmagazine.com
  • 1,000,000 Minutes of Newsreel Footage by AP & British Movietone Released on YouTube

    July 28, 2015

    This release of “more than 1 million minutes” of news, writes Variety, includes archival footage of “major world events such as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.”...

    Source: 
    www.openculture.com
  • Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People

    July 28, 2015

    The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25-years-old this weekend, and given its impact on breaking down the barriers disabled people face over the last two and a half decades, it deserves to be celebrated. The ADA offered disabled people unprecedented protections against discrimination and jumpstarted a wave of...

    Source: 
    www.wired.com
  • Mozilla is so fed up with Flash, it told its Firefox browser to block it

    July 15, 2015

    Mozilla has temporarily blocked Flash in Firefox while waiting for Adobe to release patches to fix yet more serious security holes in the Swiss-cheese-like plugin. These holes can be exploited by criminals to hijack PCs and infect them with malware; details of the bugs emerged from leaked Hacking Team files.

    Source: 
    www.theregister.co.uk
  • Museums are using virtual reality to preserve the past – before it’s too late

    July 14, 2015

    Cultural institutions are steeped in history and tradition, but they are also uniquely placed to take advantage of some of the latest technology. Drones, 3D printing and augmented reality apps are just some of the tools being used to construct “virtual museum” experiences for real and digital visitors. While these...

    Source: 
    theconversation.com
  • Hear this: it’s no longer enough to just look at paintings

    July 14, 2015

    Art lovers now have the chance to listen to (yes, listen to) some well known paintings at the National Gallery. Six composers and sound artists have been asked to create music or sound installations inspired by paintings of their choice from the gallery’s collection, for its new exhibition, Soundscapes. Their work...

    Source: 
    theconversation.com
  • Marie Curie’s Research Papers Are Still Radioactive 100+ Years Later

    July 13, 2015

    When researching a famous historical figure, access to their work and materials usually proves to be one of the biggest obstacles. But things are much more difficult for those writing about the life of Marie Curie, the scientist who, along her with husband Pierre, discovered polonium and radium and birthed the idea...

    Source: 
    www.openculture.com
  • Reflection on Ten Years of Archiving the Web

    July 7, 2015

    It is ten years since the UK Web Archiving Consortium, the precursor to the UK Web Archive, launched one of the world’s first openly accessible web archives. Web Archivist Nicola Bingham wrote a blog to look up from the crawl logs and reflect on what we have achieved over the past decade.

    Source: 
    britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk
  • 1000s of unseen films about life in the UK revealed for the first time

    July 7, 2015

    BFI's Britain on Film project makes 1000s of archive films available to watch on BFI Player, giving people across the UK free access to films and TV that represent the area where they live, grew up or went to school. The huge collection includes a new discovery of the world’s earliest home movies, from 1902.

    Source: 
    www.bfi.org.uk
  • Fifth of BBC budget could go in licence fee plan

    July 7, 2015

    UK pubcaster the BBC could see around a fifth of its budget wiped away when the Conservative government announces its latest Budget....

    Source: 
    www.digitaltveurope.net
  • Researchers help reconstructing the Michelangelo bronzes

    July 7, 2015

    Engineers and imagers from the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and anatomists from Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick are helping Art historians from the University of Cambridge have been working together to try to understand how the two mysterious Renaissance bronzes were...

    Source: 
    phys.org
  • Sony Europe Ltd acquires Memnon Archiving Services SA

    July 3, 2015

    Sony Europe Ltd (‘Sony’) has announced the acquisition of Memnon Archiving Services SA, a Brussels based company providing a world leading service in the field of digitisation and digital archive preservation. Memnon’s archiving services and technologies coupled with Sony’s extensive workflow and media solutions and...

    Source: 
    www.sony.co.uk
  • Irish Film Archive publishes new Digital Preservation & Access Strategy

    June 17, 2015

    The IFI Irish Film Archive published a new Digital Preservation & Access Strategy that outlines its response to the challenges and opportunities of archiving vast quantities of moving image material in a digital environment. Over the last five years moving image production and distribution has changed from being...

    Source: 
    www.ifi.ie
  • An Ancient Alphabet for the Digital Age: Encoding digital information in DNA

    May 26, 2015

    The 21st century library is a complicated beast — constantly growing, with too many books on the brink of decay. While digital storage media such as CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and servers have allowed archivists to store huge amounts of information, these formats are not reliable in the long term: discs get scratched,...

    Source: 
    www.yalescientific.org
  • Huawei Leverages SDN for Cloud Fabric, IoT Solution

    May 26, 2015

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is making heavy use of software-defined networking (SDN) technologies in several products announced this week at its annual conference, including a new cloud fabric architecture and an Internet of Things (IoT) solution.

    Source: 
    virtualizationreview.com
  • Step into this van Gogh painting recreated with virtual reality

    May 26, 2015

    Ever wished a painting could come to life? This 3D version of a van Gogh masterpiece comes close, especially if viewed with a virtual reality headset.

    Source: 
    www.newscientist.com

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