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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2012 PASIG Meeting Presentations Published

    December 3, 2012

    The presentations from the Preservation & Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in October 2012 have now been published....

  • Med-Mem opens up 4.000 archival AV documents

    November 13, 2012

    The 68% EU-funded project Med-Mem (Mediterranean Memory), was launched in October 2012. It is currently the largest online video archive of the Mediterranean area, with 4.000 audiovisual documents....

  • UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

    November 5, 2012

    The 2012 UNESCO World Day of Audiovisual Heritage was celebrated with several events organised around the globe, as an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents....

  • Cineco Film Lab files for bankruptcy

    October 24, 2012

    Cineco, one of the oldest companies dealing with film preservation and restoration, filed for bankruptcy on October 22nd, and does not intend to resume operations as of now. More information is provided in the Dutch press (only in Dutch)....

  • FIAT/IFTA General Assembly elects new President

    October 4, 2012

    The General Assembly of the  International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) elected Mr. Jan Muller (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) as the new President. Mr. Muller succeeds Mr. Herbert Hayuck (Osterreichische Rundfunk, Austria) after 4 years of service as the President of the Federation...

  • The Corporation of Public Broadcasting selects Crawford Media Services to Digitize American Archive Content

    October 1, 2012

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced it has selected Atlanta-based Crawford Media Services, a proven leader in the electronic media services industry since 1981, to conduct the digitization of audio and video content that will be part of the American Archive, a CPB initiative to inventory,...

  • The Internet Archive launches TV News Search & Borrow

    September 24, 2012

    The Internet Archive has just launched TV News Search & Borrow. This database service allows users to search (using free text) closed-captioning transcripts from TV news programmes. Results are displayed with 30-second video clips, accompanied by text descriptions and broadcast summaries....

  • International Council on Archives 2012 Congress papers posted online

    September 17, 2012

    The International Council on Archives (ICA) recently posted a full list of the papers presented at the 2012 congress meeting held in Brisbane, Australia. The meeting focused on the broader field of archives, with several paper submissions on audiovisual preservation. ...

  • Open Planets Foundation SCAPE Project Highlights Audiovisual Asset Management Tool

    September 13, 2012

    The SCAlable Preservation Environments (SCAPE) project at the Open Planets Foundation, has recently featured several blog posts highlighting digital preservation tools for scalable preservation. While most of these tools focus on file identification and verification, there is also xcorrSound tool package, which is a...