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Archive for August, 2014

For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

Monday, August 25th, 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 […]

The Things We Do #3 – Rebecca Chandler Enters The World of Collection Assessments

Wednesday, August 27th, 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.

First Annual SAA AV Archives Night Program

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

At the 2014 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Washington, DC, AVPreserve hosted our First 1st Annual AV Archives Night party at the legendary Black […]

SAA AV Archives Night Wrap Up

Tuesday, August 19th, 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

Using Open Source and Free Tools for AV Digital Preservation Workflows

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Archiving and preservation consists of technology, people and policies. For technology in particular, digital AV archives are largely indebted and beholden to a few sizable industries: cinema, broadcast, and information technology. Commercial interests catering to the aforementioned industries have

What’s the Real Impact of SHA-256?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

his white paper documents a comparative checksum test of the same files under the same conditions, leading to some surprising findings about the actual processing speeds between the MD5 and SHA-256 checksum algorithms.

What’s the Real Impact of SHA-256?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Originally published 2014.08.05. Thanks to the input of Kam Woods at the University of Maryland, an error in our original script was identified. The tests are being rerun this weekend and updated numbers and a revised report will be republished next week. We appreciate the feedback and support engen

AVPreserve Crew at SAA 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

AVPreserve consultants Josh Ranger, Bert Lyons, and Rebecca Chandler will be attending and participating in next week’s Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, Josh will be presenting on our Cost of Inaction Calculator at the Research Forum, which always bring

Archival Management System (AMS)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The Archival Management System (AMS) is a multi-functional tool that supports management of the digitization workflow, especially useful for projects involving multiple departments or organizations. Existing functions in this open source software include: 1) Aggregation and normalization or refineme

Planning Beyond Digitization: Digital Preservation for Audiovisual Collections

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

In 2011 The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, in collaboration with the audiovisual heritage network AVA_net published a collection of essays on the topic of digital preservation […]