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Fear and Planning in the Archives
October 27, 2014

This time of year I always wonder if WDAVH was scheduled near Halloween because, when you look at the state of what needs to be done to preserve collections, it's downright scary. Scary like buried alive scary. Scary like scary clown scary. Scary like a sharknado, with sharks carrying chainsaws and guns that shoot knives. read more

Preservation Fragments #1
September 5, 2014

Obsolescence and Our Relationship with the Material There are many reasons things end. Many of those reasons are not bad. Change is the nature of existence, the nature of growth. Real archiving and preservation should acknowledge this, sometimes tacitly on the surface but always explicitly in some manner. Conservation. Intervention. Reformatting. Selection. Deaccessioning. Materials come and ... read more

The Things We Do #3 – Rebecca Chandler Enters The World of Collection Assessments
August 27, 2014

When I was first hired, there was some talk of me eventually helping Josh on some projects, but by June, I wasn’t really expecting much. Based on my audio engineering background I had been working mostly with our boss, Chris Lacinak, on several projects focused on planning for in-house digitization: planning timelines and workflows, budgets for equipment and staffing, generating equipment lists, and even designing digitization lab layouts and wiring diagrams (Yes!). Then, out of the blue, Josh asked me if I’d accompany him on an assessment. read more

For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper
August 25, 2014

We are all aware of the expectation from the general public that EverythingEver is digitized and available online already. This is of course frustrating because, 1) when presented with the reality there is often a negative reaction from the public, primarily that archives are lazy and behind the times, but also, 2) the perception is ... read more

SAA AV Archives Night Wrap Up
August 19, 2014

Thanks to everyone who made the First 1st Annual AV Archives Night party a success, both the archives who contributed content (program is available here ) and all of you who came out in support of the great work these archives do to preserve the audiovisual record. It was a spectacular collection of

The Things We Do #2 – Interview with Consultant Kathryn Gronsbell
July 31, 2014

The second in our "The Things We Do" series highlighting our great team at AVPreserve. In this edition, an interview with taxonomy pro and New Jersey native, Kathryn Gronsbell. Josh Ranger: So how long have you been at AVPreserve? Kathryn Gronsbell: I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary in

Making African Academic Resources Accessible
July 30, 2014

Audiovisual preservation is a global concern. Yes, there is very much a local or personal flavor to it, with the widespread existence of regional archives, historical societies, institutional collections, and oral histories or homes movies well beyond large research repositories. However, when we lo

Comparing NDSA Levels Rankings Across Cloud Storage Vendors
July 18, 2014

Seth Anderson has been compiling a series of cloud storage vendor profiles over the past year with an analytical focus on the suitability of cloud storage as a preservation environment. As the amount of digitized and born digital material archives must manage grows, the pressure from administrators

The Things We Do — Catalyst Item Level Inventory
July 15, 2014

I'm experimenting with a new series here, tentatively title The Things We Do. In part inspired by Kevin Driedger (got it right this time!) 5 Days of Preservation. In part inspired by the fact that my family hasn't a clue of what I actually do with my life (besides rock). And in part inspired b

Fixity and Filesystems: Enhanced System Monitoring via inodes
July 7, 2014

A PDF version of this article is available here. If you have explored our checksum tool, Fixity, you may have noticed that it tracks a third value alongside the expected filepath and checksum value of files. This value is the file's index location, which is crucial to the operation of the filesys

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