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  • New BFI Filmography reveals complete story of UK film 1911-2017

    September 29, 2017

    The BFI has launched the BFI Filmography, the world’s first complete and accurate living record of UK cinema, which means everyone – from film fans and industry professionals to researchers and students – can now search and explore British film history, for free.

  • The Web Site “Centuries of Sound” is Making a Mixtape for Every Year of Recorded Sound from 1860 to Present

    September 26, 2017

    The vibrations of the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad in Manhattan, a recitation of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," the announcements issuing forth from an inventor's attempt at a talking clock — a mix that provides the closest experience we can get to traveling in a sonic time machine. 

  • New suite of apps offers access to Irish film archive

    September 5, 2017

    The Irish Film Institute's Film Archive has launched a suite of apps to enable people to access its digital archive of film from anywhere in the world for free. Thousands of minutes of content, including Irish made films, shorts, documentaries, animation, advertisements and newsreels owned by the IFI are all available.

  • Explore the Early Years of Technicolor Film in 40,000 Documents

    August 29, 2017

    Over 40,000 documents related to the early years of Technicolor film are now available to explore online in high-resolution. The George Eastman Museum’s Technicolor Online Research Archive (TORA) was launched this month, with newly digitized technical drawings, photographs, notes, correspondence, and other rare...

  • How Do People Dance? Choreometrics on Film.

    August 22, 2017

    The Association for Cultural Equity in New York, which musicologist Alan Lomax founded to explore and preserve expressive traditions such as music and dance, received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore and care for a set of “choreometric” films that Lomax and two colleagues made.

  • Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

    July 12, 2017

    It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge. It is now the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where it can be retrieved at will and multiplied indefinitely as the host divides and grows.

  • MLAF, Standardized Link Container opens up More Connections between Media

    June 30, 2017

    Multimedia Linking Application Format (MLAF) has standardized a "bridget." This links bridge points between digital media resources potentially including time-period segments.  

  • Introducing Automatically Matched Subtitles

    June 29, 2017

    BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach now subtitle all new content before it is uploaded and this is the result of a number of pieces of work across BBC R&D and the wider BBC aimed at finding cost-effective ways of increasing the quality and availability of subtitles.

  • Silent Film Makes Noise

    June 23, 2017

    After years of poking around, Hanover film archivist John Tariot tracked down Where Are Your Husbands?, a 20-minute silent film that Van made under his Georges Mills film company in 1919. The film was among a stack of unidentified reels that been sitting in Library of Congress vault in Virginia.

  • The Great 78 Project

    May 15, 2017

    The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. The project will bring to light the decisions by music collectors over the decades and a digital reference collection of underrepresented artists and genres.

  • Mass digitization of Canadian public broadcaster’s audiovisual archive

    May 14, 2017

    CBC/Radio-Canada will digitise 720,000 physical media assets (audio and video) while Radio-Canada will digitise more than 650,000 assets that include audio, video and film.

  • Internet Archive wins Webby Lifetime Achievement award

    April 25, 2017

    The Internet Archive received a prestigious Webby award for its commitment to making the world’s knowledge available online and preserving the history of the Internet itself.

  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Launches Crowdsourcing Game

    April 20, 2017

    The online game allows members of the public to help AAPB professional archivists improve the searchability and accessibility of more than 40,000 hours of digitized, historic public media content.

  • Easier Access to EBU's Media Intelligence Service

    March 29, 2017

    The Media Intelligence Service is the market research unit of the EBU. 

  • DAS Program Released

    March 29, 2017

    The 2017 DAS program includes: MTV: Archiving the History of Music Television Automated Metadata AI and its Role in Managing and Archiving Digital Assets Netflix: Cloud-based Media Management and Distribution

  • Creative Partnership between Kingston University and British Film Institute (BFI)

    March 23, 2017

    Kingston University London is partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) on a new pilot which allows students to reuse material from the world's leading moving image archive as part as their degree. It marks the first time that the BFI has licensed its archive for reuse by university students on a course...

  • A Library of Congress Lab: More Use and More Users of Digital Collections

    March 15, 2017

    The National Digital Initiatives division of the Library of Congress seeks to facilitate even more use of the Library’s digital collections. Emerging disciplines — like data science, data journalism and digital humanities that take advantage of new computing tools and infrastructure — provide a model for creating...

  • The Soviet View: A Major Archive Comes Online

    March 13, 2017

    The British Film Institute is collaborating with an imprint of SAGE Publishing to issue a three-part set of rare film footage, Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda. The BFI National Archive, and Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE Publishing, which issues digital primary source collections for...

  • Slides: Data Science at the British Museum

    March 6, 2017

    How do you transform a traditionally un-data-orientated organisation into being data-driven armed with data science processes and plenty of enthusiasm?...

  • BBC RemArc - How BBC Archives can help people with dementia

    March 2, 2017

    The BBC Archive just launched an updated, improved version of BBC RemArc - the BBC Reminiscence Archive - which is designed to trigger memories and reminiscences in people with dementia. On the BBC R&D Blog an article was published on why it was built, how the project came about, and what lessons were learned in...

  • DPC: Digital Strategy for The National Archives

    March 1, 2017

    The Digital Preservation Coalition has been working to develop a new Digital Strategy for The National Archives. Like the National Archives, archives worldwide are grappling with the issues of preserving digital records and the need to be relevant to our audiences: public, government, academic researchers and the...

  • Blog: Saving At-Risk Audiovisual Materials

    March 1, 2017

    Many audiovisual collections are considered at risk. Years of data could be lost through deterioration of the original media unless it can be transferred to more durable digital formats. Libraries and other cultural institutions are rediscovering the value of these collections and are taking steps to preserve the...

  • NEDCC Announces New Audio Preservation Services

    February 16, 2017

    With the assistance of AVPreserve, NEDCC has completed a year-long business planning study to expand its digital audio preservation service. NEDCC is now investing in the additional facilities, equipment, and staffing to offer reformatting of audio content on a variety of other obsolete media, such as magnetic and...

  • Sleep Mode: the Art of the Screensaver

    February 14, 2017

    Sleep Mode has been developed in dialogue with the internationally renowned internet artist Rafaël Rozendaal. In his artistic practice Rozendaal addresses the anonymous and fleeting status of the typical, computer-generated image and communicates his fascination for the subversive, playful and diffuse character of...

  • FADGI’s 10th Anniversary: Adapting to Meet the Community’s Needs

    February 6, 2017

    Started in 2007 as a collaborative effort by federal agencies, FADGI has many accomplishments under its belt, including the widely implemented Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (newly updated in 2016); open source software, including OpenDICE and AutoSFR and BWF MetaEdit; file format...