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Exactly

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Building on work originally begun by the Gates Archive, AVPreserve and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries developed Exactly to meet the growing need for archives to acquire born digital content directly from donors and to begin the activities of establishing provenance and fixity early in the process of acquisition. Read more about how the Nunn Center is using Exactly here.

For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We are all aware of the expectation from the general public that EverythingEver is digitized and available online already. This is of course frustrating because, 1) when presented with the reality there is often a negative reaction from the public, […]

Preservation Fragments #1

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Obsolescence and Our Relationship with the Material There are many reasons things end. Many of those reasons are not bad. Change is the nature of existence, the nature of growth. Real archiving and preservation should acknowledge this, sometimes tacitly on […]

Make It Happen

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Now is the time. If you think about it, really, the crisis is over. The issued have been identified and sufficiently fretted over. It is time to act to unhide audiovisual collections, to reformat them, and to move ahead with good digital preservation practices in place.

Estimating Duration of Open Reel Audio

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

UPDATE: Find a simple Excel spreadsheet Duration Calculator here. One of the biggest pains of trying to gain intellectual control over physical AV collections is determining the duration of open reel audio. Depending on recording speed, tape thickness, and track […]

Making African Academic Resources Accessible

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Audiovisual preservation is a global concern. Yes, there is very much a local or personal flavor to it, with the widespread existence of regional archives, historical societies, institutional collections, and oral histories or homes movies well beyond large research repositories. However, when we lo

The Cost of Inaction: A New Model and Application

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Physical audiovisual media collections are at risk for extreme levels of loss if action is not taken to preserve them in the next 10-15 years. Most archives are well aware of this critical issue, but are unable to move forward with preservation projects because it is difficult to quantify the intell

We Do Not Preserve, We Sustain

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

So it’s Preservation Week — the true Old Home Week (ba-dum-dum!) — and even though the P word is a part of our company name, I am predictably nitpicky (predictably, and perhaps wearisomely, at least to my office mates, the poor kids) of its use for this celebratory week. Now, of course, preservati

An Introduction to Optical Media Preservation

Friday, April 18th, 2014

As the archival horizon moves forward, optical media will become increasingly significant and prevalent in collections. This paper sets out to provide a broad overview of optical media in the context of archival migration. Author Alex Duryee begins by introducing the logical structure of compact dis

New Catalyst Case Studies in Audiovisual Preservation

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

What happens to a collection when its sole caretaker is suddenly out of the picture and has left no documentation? This is an all too common occurrence with archival collections, and the problem is compounded with audiovisual collections where content may not be accessible and identifiable, producti