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Christopher Lacinak

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Chris founded AVPreserve in 2006 with a focus on empowering organizations to maximize the usability of their data for distribution, education, research, monetization, marketing, and business intelligence – both in the immediate present and over the long-term.

Manipulating Data in OpenRefine

Monday, April 27th, 2015

In this tutorial, we explore how to understand and apply features of the OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) tool in an archival context. OpenRefine can enable organizations to clean up, merge, and manipulate their metadata so that the information can be better integrated into workflows and across systems. OpenRefine is “a free, open source power tool […]

Managing Data in Spreadsheets

Monday, April 27th, 2015

In this tutorial, spreadsheets are positioned as a mechanism to help practitioners manage metadata more accurately, efficiently, and effectively. Limited resources create a reality where spreadsheets are an interim alternative to preferred metadata management tools like databases and database applications, and become the default for capturing, editing, storing and reporting information. There are many opportunities […]

Pixels, Lines and Bits: An AV Preservation Primer

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

On Thursday April 16, 2015, Kathryn Gronsbell spoke at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Brooklyn. The event, “PIXELS, LINES, AND BITS: An A/V Preservation Primer for Artists”, was a discussion around personal archiving and preservation approaches for artists interested in stabilizing their work so that it can be available in the […]

Barcode Scanners, MiniDV Decks, and the Migration of Digital Information from Analog Surfaces

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

by Dave Rice and Stefan Elnabli – October 28, 2010 Due to the susceptibility and challenges of both digital and analog carriers, data must be periodically moved from one carrier to another within a preservation process. When analog data is migrated from its original carrier to a new digital carrier, the analog data is ultimately […]

AVPS Holiday Cards

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

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Digital Tape Preservation Strategy: Preserving Data or Video?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This paper examines preservation philosophies and strategies applied to large scale video collections that are both born-digital and tape-based. Technically and philosophically different approaches may be applied to migrating born-digital, tape-based content with decisions ranging from deck selection and choice of output to specifications of the resulting file. At the core of this is the […]

Project Outsourcing: Navigating Through the Client/Vendor Relationship to Achieve Your Project Goals

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

A guide and checklist to help clients successfully work with vendors

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) 2009 Strategies for Preserving Born Digital Audio

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

A presentation focusing on obsolescence monitoring and normalization as strategies for managing born digital audio

Digital Asset Management with Free and Open Tools

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

David Rice and Mike Castleman represented Democracy Now! at the 2008 AMIA Digital Asset Symposium presenting on the integration of open source technology and Free Software in efforts to record, disseminate, and archive moving image media. The presentation included references to Tools for Recording: dvgrab, cron, vidiTools for Transcoding and Wrapping: ffmpeg, mplayer, MP4Box, ffmpegX, […]