Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Metadata is nine-tenths of possession.
March 18, 2016

In a sea of digital information, it is no longer about who owns the hardware. The physical location of the server is not what defines possession. Possession is restricted to those with the appropriate metadata (e.g., credentials, permissions), which grants them access; and, the ability to derive value is constrained to those who have metadata ... read more

What is the chemistry of digital preservation?
February 18, 2016

When we develop preservation strategies for paper-based materials an essential consideration is the underlying chemistry of the physical materials themselves. Paper is an organic compound, made of cellulose fibers, or, sometimes, a mix of cellulose and lignin fibers. Cellulose is a polysaccharide of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, C6H10O5. ... read more

The Creator and The Archivist
January 6, 2016

A significant portion of certain Archivist's job is processing collections -- the activity of arranging and describing materials that have been deposited with an archive. At times this is simple. For the most part it is difficult. Consider your own paper and digital files, and imagine someone who doesn't know you personally sifting through those ... read more

My Digitization Vendor Always Sends .md5 Files As Part Of Their Deliverables
December 5, 2015

A file's checksum is a specially generated hash based on a computation of all of the individual bytes that make up the file. A variety of algorithms exist that can be used to perform this computation, e.g., MD5, SHA-1, or SHA-256. For example, an MD5 checksum is a 32-bit string that may look something like ... read more

Looking Ahead on the 25th Anniversary of AMIA
November 19, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), I was asked to share some thoughts this morning about the future of AMIA. There are many ways to run with this thought. I have chosen to pose and respond to the question: What do we need to do as a community in ... read more

Your Inaccessible, Undocumented Collection Is Not Used & Therefore Has No Value
September 28, 2015

No, A/V is not the challenge. The challenge is how A/V materials have been managed in archives. The challenges are not inherent. The challenges have been embedded... read more

New York AV Archives Week Party
September 4, 2015

New York Archives Week is set to take place October 14th-21st, with special planning from the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (NYART) here in the City, including the annual awards ceremony to take place on October 15th. This year AVPreserve will participate by hosting an Archival Audiovisual Screening Night Party in our ... read more

Reading In: Analyzing Embedded Metadata in Digital Images
July 6, 2015

When the news came out about accused South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof’s website and the photographs that had been posted there, I visited the site and downloaded the package of digital images out of curiosity, as an archivist, to take a look inside the ... read more

Selecting A Tool For Inventory & Assessment
June 30, 2015

Perhaps because archives generally deal with unique materials, the internal thinking tends to be that their needs for collection management are unique -- particular to the scope of the collection and to the history and character of the institution. Not that I entirely disagree with this. Whereas things like ISBNs and Library of Congress Call ... read more

Announcing the Release of AVCC Inventory & Collection Management Tool
June 29, 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of AVCC, an open-source web application for the rapid inventory of physical film, video, and audio materials. Developed with funding from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board – in addition to funding support from the Metropolitan New York Library Resource Council and ... read more