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  • Library Of Congress Launches Online Screening Room of Free Motion Pictures

    September 27, 2018

    The Library of Congress has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website.  Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully...

  • Shortlist for the 2018 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards

    September 19, 2018

    The juries of the 2018 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards have announced their shortlists. We wish to congratulate the shortlisted candidates. Read all about the projects. The winners will be announced on Thursday 11th October at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference.

  • Is it Too Late to Save Myanmar's Classic Films?

    September 10, 2018

    Myanmar's rich cinematic heritage is at the risk of being lost forever, with many old films already beyond hope of restoration. Myanmar’s merciless heat, torrential rains and stifling humidity took its toll on delicate film reels in a country that had neither the resources nor know-how to store them properly. After...

  • AI and the Archive: the making of BBC's Made by Machine

    September 7, 2018

    It had never been done before, and the idea would make many a broadcaster’s eyes go wide with wonder. Use artificial intelligence (AI) to help create two nights of experimental programming on network BBC TV on BBC Four, by delving into the treasures of the vast BBC Archive. And then dig deeper, and use AI and...

  • DNA: A Solution for All Data Storage Woes?

    September 4, 2018

    DNA, the blueprint of life, could potentially solve the problems of long-term mass storage capacity that keep archivists awake at night. But using DNA as a storage medium has potentially huge implications for archivists of all kinds, not just moving-image archivists. A dynamic new solution to storage challenges...

  • Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape

    August 29, 2018

    Indeed, tape may be one of the last information technologies to follow a Moore’s Law–like scaling, maintaining that for the next decade, if not beyond. And that streak in turn will only increase the cost advantage of tape over hard drives and other storage technologies. Even though you may rarely see it outside of a...

  • NASA reveals 19,000 hours of Apollo 11 audio

    August 28, 2018

    NASA and the University of Texas, Dallas have now released 19,000 hours of additional recordings between ground control and the astronauts on board the historic Apollo 11 mission. The hours and hours of audio encompasses every single communication between the astronauts, mission control and back-room support staff...

  • Reviving the archive with GIFs

    July 30, 2018

    A Graphics Interchange Format, or a GIF, is such an unassuming yet very powerful format spreading virally across all digital communication channels. Its raw characteristics and DIY making approach inspired Sound and Vision to explore new possibilities for opening up and reinterpreting archival audio-visual...

  • EYE Filmmuseum's newest employee is a robot

    June 11, 2018

    A computer program that works day and night creating experimental films that match early twentieth century footage with current trending events. This is Jan Bot, EYE Filmmuseum's first robot employee.

  • 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. 

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...