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AVP Webinar Series: Fixity

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

This is the recording of an AVPreserve webinar given on the topic of the Fixity application by Amy Rudersdorf on February 8th, 2017. Webinar description: How do you […]

AVP Webinar Series: Exactly

Friday, January 20th, 2017

This is the recording of an AVPreserve webinar given on the topic of our Exactly tool by Chris Lacinak on January 19th, 2017. For organizations challenged by remotely and safely transferring born-digital material from a sender to a recipient, we invite you to join our workshop on Exactly.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Metadata is nine-tenths of possession.

Friday, March 18th, 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 that will help them find and use the content.

What is the chemistry of digital preservation?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

If we know our collections at the elementary levels, we can be better equipped to care for these collections, to design preventive preservation techniques, to perform conservation treatments when necessary, and to ensure the long-term accessibility of our records in the face of continued technological obsolescence and change.

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 […]

Don’t Blame Poor Records Management On Overpreservation

Friday, March 7th, 2014

There’s been a lot of good discussion lately about the meaning of the word archive(s) and its use by those outside of the profession. Much of this discourse is focused on the relation of the issue to the profession, questioning what impact the broad (and what some might think as improper) applicatio

Three Views Of Digital Preservation

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I worked on a large inventory project with a group of media production units in the Department of Defense a few years ago. We were at one of the storage facilities and a shipment of albums that had been on a base in Spain came in that day. As we were opening one of the couch-sized boxes to get an es

Materialism, Morality and Media Culture

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Plastics!

Film buffs know what this means. As in One Word. As in selling out one’s soul to live the life of a corporate middleman. As in a lifetime of creating cheap, soulless, synthetic replicas formed from deadly chemicals.

Film (and other media) buffs also ought to know what this means on a

Are The Aesthetics Of Decay And The Aesthetics Of Preservation Compatible?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

If decay is a beautiful thing, why are we working so hard to preserve all this archival material?

A facetious statement, perhaps, but an exaggeration that underscores the fact that aesthetics guide many of the decisions we make as archivists and preservationists. We may claim it is for research,

The Present Analog Dark Age

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The great thing about predicting doom and gloom is that the end times are always imminent, but never quite here. The natural state of a threat is to loom. If it actually ever happens — hey, you’re prescient! If not, well, there’s still the possibility…

The death of film has been a productive a