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  • What it's like to get a national-security letter?

    June 28, 2013

    Libraries and archives have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organisations demanding information about a patron’s activities. Hundreds of thousands of national-security letters have been sent. Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, is one of a handful of people who can publicly discuss...

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    www.newyorker.com
  • Holographic TV might be closer than you think

    June 27, 2013

    Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab are reporting a new approach to generating holograms that could lead to color holographic-video displays that cost less to produce than existing monochromatic technology. Finally. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student in the Media Lab, began by building a prototype color holographic-video...

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    www.dvice.com
  • How Aspect Ratios Have Changed Over Time Because of Movies

    June 27, 2013

    If you haven't learned anything interesting today, watch this fascinating history lesson on how the aspect ratios we know (16:9, 4:3) became the standard of what we see. For any film geek or ratio nerd, it's a lovely trip back into time where things can become standard by just doing it for a long time. Probably the...

  • 30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are actually worth watching

    June 26, 2013

    Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the YouTube.com/movies section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime – and that’s not even counting all the full-length...

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    www.digitaltrends.com
  • Livestream Combines Live Video Broadcasting And Viewing In Its Latest App

    June 26, 2013

    Livestream has benefitted from the growth in both mobile viewing and broadcasting, but it’s decided to combine those functions into a singular app. That app also has been updated with features to make broadcasting better and to notify users when new streams from their favorite producers are actually live. When you...

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    techcrunch.com
  • Cisco Stresses Architecture For 'Internet of Everything'

    June 26, 2013

    Cisco CEO John Chambers once again pushed the message that the Internet of Everything is the next big transition for businesses. And he insisted that his company is uniquely positioned to help organisations take advantage of it. In his keynote address 25 June at the Cisco Live 2013 show in Orlando, Florida, Chambers...

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    us.news-republic.com
  • Intel employees exclusively testing mystery set-top box

    June 25, 2013

    More than 2,000 Intel employees are exclusively testing the company’s upcoming set top box and streaming service as part of what’s being called the “Black Box Project.” The trial started in March with employees based in California, Arizona and Oregon, and the current 2,000-strong testing contingent may grow further...

    Source: 
    www.digitaltrends.com
  • BitTorrent Would Really Like Everyone To Stop Suggesting It's Being Used For Piracy

    June 25, 2013

    At this point, you’ve probably read about how popular Game of Thrones is on BitTorrent — and there’s at least one article calling the show “the once and future king of BitTorrent.” Well, it sounds like BitTorrent, the company developing the open source file-sharing protocol of the same name, is getting a bit tired...

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    techcrunch.com
  • Kinograph, A DIY Digitizing Tool, May Be The Savior Of Film

    June 14, 2013

    Artist and cinema historian Matthew Epler combats the vinegar syndrome with an new invention: the Kinograph, an open source digitizing device. The Kinograph currently requires $1200, if you already have the camera, but Epler has plans to get it under a grand. In comparison, the digital preservation cost for just one...

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    thecreatorsproject.vice.com
  • Fifty Digital Preservation Activities You Can Do

    May 9, 2013

    Preservation Week 2013 might be over, but digital preservation must go on every week of the year. In truth, preservation is an ongoing, long lasting process that requires active management. Don’t despair, though. I have some helpful suggestions to help keep you in the preservation-y mood until next year.

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    blogs.loc.gov
  • BBC's troubled £133m digital video archive delays 'tapeless' future

    May 3, 2013

    A £133m digital video archive designed to ensure the redeveloped New Broadcasting House is "tapeless" is not working according to programme-makers, with old-fashioned tape editing machines having to be installed as a result. However, because the corporation's central London headquarters was not designed to...

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    m.guardiannews.com
  • New Video: Digital Preservation at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation

    May 2, 2013

    The video also shows how the Packard Campus digitizes material collections.  For example, SAMMA robots digitize videotape in batches around the clock, specially designed machines digitize rare old paper film and the IRENE system uses lasers to map the grooves of fragile recordings without risking further damage of...

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    blogs.loc.gov
  • We Had No Idea What Alexander Graham Bell Sounded Like. Until Now

    May 2, 2013

    Today, however, a dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Bell’s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian—a breakthrough announced here for the first time. From the 1880s on, until his death in 1922, Bell gave an extensive collection of laboratory materials to the...

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    www.smithsonianmag.com
  • Understanding User Generated Tags for Digital Collections: An Interview with Jennifer Golbeck

    May 1, 2013

    More and more cultural heritage organizations are inviting their users to tagcollection items to help aggregate, sort and filter collection items. If we could better understand how and why users tag and what they’re tagging we can better understand how to invite their participation. For this installment of...

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    blogs.loc.gov
  • Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public

    April 30, 2013

    Twenty years ago today, something happened that changed the digital world forever: CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available to use, by anybody, on a royalty free basis. That decision, pushed forward by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, transformed the internet, making it a place...

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    gizmodo.com
  • Older Personal Computers Aging Like Vintage Wine (if They Dodged the Landfill)

    April 29, 2013

    We have moved so far so fast with personal computing that older machines are acquiring a cultural patina. Everyone, seemingly, has a memory of  ”old computers,” even if some people think having a hard drive under 100 gigabytes fits the definition....

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    blogs.loc.gov
  • What Would You Do If 40 Tons of Records Arrived on Your Doorstep?

    April 26, 2013

    In 2006, the National Archives accessioned over 2700 titles from the Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC). By the time the 51 pallets (coming to 40 tons!) of motion picture and video records arrived at Archives II in College Park, a staff member with the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video branch had already...

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    blogs.archives.gov
  • Moving Image Digitization in the Real World

    April 15, 2013

    Our basic goal—to create 10-bit uncompressed files as archival masters—was based on the assumption that all items in the collection are unique and rare. A question arose when digitizing non-unique items, such as VHS recordings ofThe Tonight Show where [Robert] Altman was interviewed. The NBC Archive preserves the...

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    mediapreservation.wordpress.com
  • The Copyright Rule We Need to Repeal If We Want to Preserve Our Cultural Heritage

    March 15, 2013

    The anti-circumvention section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act threatens to make archivists criminals if they try to preserve our society's artifacts for future generations....

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    www.theatlantic.com
  • Library of Congress Announces National Recording Preservation Plan

    February 13, 2013

    The Library of Congress today unveiled "The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan," a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors...

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    www.loc.gov
  • New Film Preservation MA Program at Ryerson University

    January 31, 2013

    In September 2013, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada will launch Film Preservation as a new specialization in the Master of Arts program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. The intensive, two-year graduate program will be the first and only one of its kind in Canada. It is designed to...

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    www.imagearts.ryerson.ca
  • British and Irish traditional music online

    January 28, 2013

    150 hours of audio and almost 100 photographs from the Peter Kennedy Collection have been made available this week via the British Library Sounds website. Peter Kennedy (1922 – 2006) was one of the most important collectors of music traditions from the British Isles. Picking up from work begun by Cecil Sharp and...

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    britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk
  • World’s largest natural sound archive now fully digital and fully online

    January 17, 2013

    It took archivists a dozen years to complete the monumental task. The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a total run time of 7,513 hours. About 9,000 species are represented. There’s an emphasis on birds, but the collection also includes sounds of...

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    cornelluniversity.tumblr.com
  • Media Preservation Blog Indiana University

    January 10, 2013

    Archivists who work in higher education institutions often feel uncomfortable when confronted with the growing awareness of audiovisual collections in their institutions and the need to act. Indiana University in Bloomington confronted their problem head on by surveying the entire university, finding all kinds of...

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    mediapreservation.wordpress.com
  • National Review of Live Art Video Archive Online

    January 8, 2013

    The Department of Drama and The Theatre Collection, University of Bristol has launched the NRLA Video Archive Online, as part of the AHRC-funded Into the Future project. The National Review of Live Art (NRLA) Video Archive documents performances from the prestigious NRLA festival. Presented in over 1700 files, the...

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    dedefi.ilrt.bris.ac.uk

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