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October 9, 2013

AVPreserve Participating At AMIA, MARAC Conferences

AVPreserve is excited to be participating in the upcoming Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference (November 6th-9th, Richmond, Virginia) and Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (November 7th-9th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in a number of ways.

* After beginning his term as a newly elected AMIA Board Member, AVPreserve Founder and President Chris Laciank will present about the Cost of Inaction (CoI) tool we have been developing on the panel Magnetic Media Stream: The End of Analog Media: The Cost of Inaction and What You Can Do About It along with fellow panelists Mike Casey (Indiana University) and Marius Snyder (PrestoCentre). The CoI tool produces reporting that show the negative cost impact — based on money already spent and the cost of losing decaying/obsolete assets — of not doing preservation reformatting in the near term.

* Senior Consultant Kara Van Malssen has helped arrange the first ever AMIA / Digital Library Federation HackDay — a full-day event bringing together audiovisual archivists with software and web developers for an intensive day of creativity and problem solving — and then will be on the panel From Zero to DAM! with Miwa Yokoyama (Carnegie Hall) and Eva Radding (Facing History and Ourselves) discussing their efforts to select and implement DAM solutions for digital video assets.

* Consultant Seth Anderson will be on the panel Navigating the Digital Archive: First, Know Thyself discussing the process of developing business cases around digital preservation needs, and then will present the stand alone paper Mastering Your Data: Tools for Metadata Management in AV Archives.

* Inventory Assistant Shira Peltzman will be discussing the preservation challenges of digital cinema packages in her talk Everything You Always Wanted to Know About DCPs (But Were Afraid to Ask) that follows up on her recently completed thesis work at NYU.

* At MARAC, Consultant Alex Duryee will be on the panel Refining Archival Data speaking about using Open Refine to clean up and normalize large data sets, and Consultant Kathryn Gronsbell will be on the panel Archiving, Preservation and Access of Complex Artworks with clients from MOMA, Cornell, and Eyebeam to help discuss their various preservation projects focused on complex media artworks.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for the AVPreserve crew to find out more about our AMIA House Party and MARAC Bar Night. Looking forward to seeing everyone!