AVPS Founder and President Chris Lacinak will be co-presenting the workshop “Got Metadata? Historical, Cultural, and Future Issues of Information Association for Archiving Audio Materials” at the 131st Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention taking place in New York this week. Along with workshop Chair Thomas Ross Miller (New York University) and co-Panelist Holger Grossmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT), the session will “[explore] the past, present, and future of metadata standards in archives and preservation” with case studies that show how “metadata is an integral component of preservation and an essential part of the audio object” and that “meaningful access depends on effective linkage to information stored as metadata.”
As a follow up to the ARSC Technical Committee research study he led and AVPS’s work with the Federal Agencies Digitization Working Group, Chris’ presentation will focus on the use and persistence of embedded metadata in content digitized from analog audio sources. Chris’ article published in this summer’s International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal discussing this topic and the ARSC-TC study gave an eye-opening look at how various audio processing and editing tools handle digital files and the implications they may have on the fidelity of archival materials in a digital preservation environment. Important stuff, this. Check out the article or come see us at the Convention.