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Indiana University’s Time-Based Media Digitization Project

On Tuesday, October 1, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a comprehensive time-based media* digitization project during his State of the University address. According to President McRobbie, the goal of this initiative is to “digitize, preserve and make universally available by IU’s Bicentenary (consistent with copyright or other legal restrictions) all of the time-based … Continue reading

Digitization and the Preservation of Knowledge

Below is an excerpt from Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie’s State of the University address, delivered Tuesday, October 1, 2013. This excerpt discusses the time-based media digitization project highlighted in the following post. Digitization and the Preservation of Knowledge “For over 25 centuries, the great universities of the world have always had three fundamental … Continue reading

New York University Libraries: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Last fall, I returned to New York University to take on the role of managing the film, video, and audio preservation program within NYU Libraries. Previously, I had served as a graduate student worker in the preservation media labs while attending the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Master’s program, so in many ways it … Continue reading

The Library of Congress Unveils National Recording Preservation Plan

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 and covers infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies. The plan derived … Continue reading

On Addressing a White Elephant: Developing Audiovisual Preservation at the Cornell University Libraries

Since taking over management of the Digital Media Group at Cornell University Library in 2005, a/v has felt like my own personal white elephant in the room. I knew that at some point (always “very soon”) I was going to have to deal with it, but didn’t have the staffing, resources, or know-how to really … Continue reading

Capture Metadata and Wild Obsolescence: Media Preservation at the University of Virginia Library

Hello, all you media preservation-curious readers! I currently serve as the Audiovisual Conservator in the Preservation Services department at University of Virginia Library. As I am the only staff member in our department who explicitly works with conservation and preservation of legacy audiovisual materials, I find myself moving between film and magnetic media projects as needs … Continue reading

On Death and Media Preservation (Why Things Are Not As They Seem)

Guest Series Introduction While we’re not ready to call it a trend just yet, the Indiana team has noticed movement on media preservation issues at a number of academic institutions, particularly within library systems. Maybe it’s hiring a media preservation specialist, building a digitization lab, or developing an outsourcing workflow but the intent is the … Continue reading

An Hour in the Life of a Project

It’s the middle of summer and campus is quiet. Despite the seeming inactivity, I realize that nearly all Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) hands are on deck, so I begin asking everyone what they are working on. With summer break in full swing we have not been communicating as regularly through this blog and I figure … Continue reading

Extracting Audio From Pictures (Summary)

Some of the world’s earliest disc recordings, dating from the late 1880’s, exist today only as pictures in books or magazines. The discs themselves were lost long ago, leaving little hope that their sounds could ever be heard again. But sound media historian Patrick Feaster has developed a method for extracting sound from these prints, … Continue reading

Extracting Audio from Pictures

Three years ago, a survey team identified a staggering 569,148 time-based media objects on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University—that’s over half a million sound recordings, video recordings, and reels of film. The earliest items documented in the survey report date back to 1893. However, that report doesn’t mention what might be considered IU Bloomington’s … Continue reading

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