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Top 10 Audio/Visual File Formats Established in the Aughts

Friday, December 18th, 2009

10. www.fileinfo.com lists 202 video file formats.

9. They also list 337 audio file formats.

Top 10 Media Preservation Related Standards Established in the Aughts

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Archivists have to know a lot. Probably a lot more small details than any one person can keep in mind. (Do you have all of the Kodak edge codes memorized?) Standards, guidelines, and best practices provide necessary reference and give a structure to our work that we need.

Top 10 Media Preservation Related Texts Published in the Aughts

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The texts below contain words enough, so I’ll try not to add more to your burden. Criteria called for something more than articles, though not necessarily books; something […]

Top 10 Library of Congress Subject Headings Added in the Aughts

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Though The Library of Congress Subject Headings and similar stricter taxonomies have gotten a bad rap from the tagging / folksonomy crowd, there is something necessary and wonderful […]

Top 10 Documentaries Using Archival Footage in the Aughts

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

…The difference in this case is that there was plenty of back history to search through that should have given fair warning when engaging Werner Herzog… preservation is not always in the maintenance of the “object” itself, but also of its context and its experiential nature… Unless you feel like getting elected to Congress and rewriting American copyright law you should be scanning regional film festivals for the next time this screens… Morris excels at exposing the human side of oddballs, geniuses, and monsters…

Top 10 Film Restorations / Reissues of The Aughts

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I was so shaken after seeing the restored print that I had to walk home from Manhattan to Brooklyn just to soothe my emotions….there is a daring confrontation to keeping the camera rolling through a long take…An audacious mix of genres peppered with a dry black humor, it’s like an Eastern Bloc version of a Russ Myer movie…something that can run through Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker to RZA-ODB-GZA is pretty powerful…