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Saturday, May 31 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Electronic Media Session) Sustainable Digital Preservation for Audiovisual Content

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Preserving digital time-based media and born-digital art is resource-intensive. Digital content can be the result of analog to digital transfers, or be born-digital. To preserve these works into the future, conservators must be familiar with proprietary file formats, systems used to create and render content, and production workflows behind content creation. Performing managed digital preservation actions are more complex than with static content: files are larger, making fixity checks and storage requirements intensive; the analog-to-digital preservation process must be carefully tracked through metadata; and proprietary formats must be migrated to newer generations or open formats while being mindful of content file interdependencies. Many museums and custodial institutions, as well as the creators themselves, lack infrastructure and staff expertise to perform managed digital preservation actions on this content. This paper will provide an overview of the issues surrounding preserving digital time-based media, and describe the Audiovisual Archive Network (AVAN), a non-profit digital preservation service for educational, arts-based, cultural heritage, and government organizations and also for individual creators.

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Linda Tadic

Executive Director, Audiovisual Archive Network
Linda Tadic is Executive Director of Audiovisual Archive Network, an independent non-profit digital library and preservation service for historical sound and moving image collections. She consults and lectures on digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, and... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
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