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  • Film Fading to Black

    October 18, 2011

    While the debate has raged over whether or not film is dead, ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have quietly ceased production of film cameras within the last year to focus exclusively on design and manufacture of digital cameras....

  • Digital Preservation and Access to Cultural Resources: ICT Call 9 Information Day 15 November 2011, Luxembourg

    October 12, 2011

    This event addresses researchers interested in submitting project proposals to the 9th ICT call under FP7, objectives ICT-2011.4.3 Digital Preservation and 8.2 Access to Cultural Resources. The information day aims at helping participants to better understand the work programme and criteria for the evaluation of...

  • Today is Digital Archives Day: Share Your Experience

    October 6, 2011

    Today is Digital Archives Day! Started by an international collaboration of digital archivists, collections experts and researchers, Digital Archives Day "has been created to raise awareness of digital archives among both users and managers. By collectively documenting what we do, we will be answering questions like...

  • Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive - Project by the Internet Archive

    October 3, 2011

    The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis....

  • Just under a month to go - October 27th is UNESCO World Day for AV Heritage

    September 29, 2011

    In order to recognize and support the importance of moving images and audio materials as documents of world memory, and to acknowledge the increasing urgency with which these materials need to be safeguarded, in 2005 UNESCO pronounced October 27 as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Take a look at the CCAAA...

  • Home Movie Day: Saturday, October 15, 2011

    September 27, 2011

    Coming up on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 is the 9th year of Home Movie Day. Celebrating amateur film production during the 20th century Home Movie Day sets out to educate on, and in many instances create access to, the necessary tools required to care for film....

  • IBM Builds Biggest Data Drive Ever

    August 29, 2011

    A data repository almost 10 times bigger than any made before is being built by researchers at IBM’s Almaden, California, research lab. The 120 petabyte “drive”—that’s 120 million gigabytes—is made up of 200,000 conventional hard disk drives working together.   Digital Storage Ende...

  • Audio Interstitial Error Survey from AVWG/AudioVisual Preservation Solutions - August 12th Deadline

    August 5, 2011

    The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines AVWG has commissioned a project which aims to advance user capabilities to test and measure audio digitization systems that are deployed in archival or preservation settings. One area of investigation is the development of a solution for detection and reporting of ...

  • Funding for sustainability: How Funders' Practices Influence the Future of Digital Resources (June 2011)

    July 5, 2011

    With support from the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance, Ithaka S+R conducted a study to examine the ways that both public and private funding bodies in academic and cultural heritage sectors are defining sustainability and encouraging the digital resources they help to create to endure and continue to provide...

  • Follow the 1st Digital Agenda Assembly for Europe: Brussels June 16 + 17, 2011

    June 15, 2011

    Tomorrow commences the 1st Digital Agenda Assembly for Europe. Running on June 16 and June 17 in Brussels, with 24 parallel workshops over the 2 days and a number of plenary sessions. Either present at the Assembly, or participating over the web, you can follow the various sessions on Twitter with #daa11eu being the...

  • Desmet Collection of EYE Film Institute Netherlands Inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

    June 7, 2011

    The Desmet Collection at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands has been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. This was announced yesterday by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, in Paris. The entire collection will become part of this prestigious UNESCO programme that assists countries in...

  • European Commission Releases Report from Future of EU Digital Preservation Research Workshop

    May 27, 2011

    On May 4-5 in Luxembourg, PrestoCentre had the opportunity to participate in a workshop exploring the accomplishments, outcomes and activities funded under the ICT Programme of the European Commission. It was attended by 61 representatives from universities and research centres, memory institutions, industry and...

  • European Commission Proposes to Adopt Changes for Orphan Work Use

    May 25, 2011

    The European Commission released yesterday a provisional version of the 'Proposal for a: DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on certain permitted uses of orphan works'....

  • Ian Hargreaves Report: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth

    May 20, 2011

    In November 2010 the Prime Minister David Cameron announced an independent review of how the Intellectual Property framework supports growth and innovation. Chaired by Professor Ian Hargreaves and assisted by a panel of experts, the review reported to Government in May 2011. The Review makes 10 recommendations...

  • 8th Orphan Film Symposium - Call for Presentations

    May 19, 2011

    NYU and Museum of the Moving Image host on April 11-14, 2012, the 8th Orphan Film Symposium, the biennial gathering of scholars, archivists, curators, and media artists devoted to saving, screening, and studying neglected moving images. Proposals of 500 words that include the screening of rare, rediscovered, or...

  • Digital Agenda for Europe Video Contributions - Deadline May 31st

    May 18, 2011

    Making the Digital Agenda a reality is a collaborative effort of citizens, companies, NGOs, and governments. 

The EU Commission calls for short videos to be posted on YouTube by May 31st, on what you are actually doing to make it happen and what you think you need to achieve a greater impact. Videos will appear on...

  • Last Day to Retrieve Your Materials from Google Video as it Becomes Defunct Video Hosting Service

    May 13, 2011

    Today is the last day that users who have material on Google Video are able to retrieve their videos via download, before the hosting service is shutdown for good. Google sent users an e-mail of their video service in April, coaxing them to  transfer their videos to Google-owned YouTube. With no more hosting, Google...

  • Launching History Through Sound - Library of Congress Plays the National Jukebox

    May 12, 2011

    On May 10, 2011, the United States Library of Congress, with Sony Music Content, launched  the National Jukebox, an online destination for historical sound recordings. Digitizing 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925, the National Jukebox is ‘the largest...

  • European Commission Releases Report on Digitisation in Europe

    April 7, 2011

    The Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission made its Second progress report on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and on digital preservation in the European Union publicly available last week, providing a useful overview of both projects and issues in...

  • DropBox Beats Amazon's New Cloud Based Music Locker

    April 3, 2011

    Amazon beat Google and Apple to the punch with its launch of a much awaited cloud based digital music locker on Tuesday, which lets its members upload their digital music files. The files can be either MP3 or AAC and can be uploaded in their original bit rate, then played back on their Android device or on any...

  • DISH Call for Proposals Opened

    April 1, 2011

    Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is a bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and the strategies that heritage institutions can follow. DISH 2011 will be held December 6-9, 2011, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The call for proposals for conference papers is now open until May 22.     Digita...

  • AMIA 2011 Call for Proposals Now Open

    April 1, 2011

    The annual AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) Conference will be held on November 16-19 2011 in Austin, Texas. The Conference Committee encourages papers, panels and posters on all issues to do with audiovisual archives. Proposals can be submitted until May 10, 2011. ...

  • Institute of Network Cultures Presents Video Vortex Reader II: Moving Images Beyond YouTube

    March 12, 2011

    The Institute of Network Cultures published the latest INC reader #6, Video Vortex Reader II: moving images beyond YouTube during the Video Vortex #6 conference today. Video Vortex Reader II is the Institute of Network Cultures’ second collection of texts that critically explore the rapidly changing landscape of...

  • 7-Year Limit set by European Commission on Works Digitised by Google

    March 10, 2011

    Today, the European Commission issued a report calling for a 7-year limit on exclusivity deals that companies that digitise works from public bodies, including AV archives and libraries, should allow other companies and institutions to commercialise those materials. At the end of seven years, other groups would be...

  • Storage Firm EMC Digitizes CCP Archives

    March 7, 2011

    Storage firm EMC recently unveiled a massive digitization project that would convert the entire audio-visual collection of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) into digital format to preserve the nation’s cultural treasures and make them accessible to the world online....