Posted by David Rowntree on Saturday, December 3, 2011,
I generally don't write reviews of films, but after being pleasantly surprised last week as I watched the multiple themes of preservation unfold in 3D in Hugo I felt it was deserved. While the plot was at times formulaic, Scorsese'sincreasing interest in film preservation and early cinema take center stage as the message permeates throughout the film. In fact, deeper meanings and understandings of life, family, and purpose are revealed through the act of preservation and exhibition/access (t...
A couple weeks ago I was working at home and had the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) plenary meeting streaming live on my computer. It played in the background, much like I would listen to music or a broadcast, as I plugged away at the day's activities. I would tune in and out of the discussion, occasionally flipping back to the window that streamed the event when something caught my attention.
I was very impressed by the comments made by a participant from the British Library and ... Continue reading ...
The KYUK Archive is a unique collection of radio and television public broadcasting and locally produced documentaries, interviews, and news. With over 5,000 tapes and videos, the contents of the Archive represent a rich documentation of the social, political, and economic life of the Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta region including distinctive and irreplaceable Yup’ik language recordings. The organization, preservation, and access of these materials will provide an invaluable resource for the maint...
Posted by David Rowntree on Tuesday, March 15, 2011,
I decided this week to repost a comment I left on a recent blog post on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art site. The contributing blogger was Rick Prelinger, archivist, filmmaker and all-around good guy. Rick is extremely well respected in the archival community for his work and thoughtful deliberation on the challenges and issues that this community faces. His post is well worth the read as he posits a new way of preserving materials through direct access.
Posted by David Rowntree on Friday, March 11, 2011,
The current condition of Hawaiian film and moving image
heritage is in a precarious state. Until recently, there was no institution
that focused its effort on preserving moving image materials. With each new
paradigm shift in media communication and technology, older formats are
neglected, destroyed, or discarded. In the transition from film to videotape, a
large amount of early Hawai’i film was neglected. Coupled with the tropical
environment of high temperatures and humidity, the overwh...
A Washington Post article I received from Nan Rubin through the AMIA listserv caught my attention last week. The article, a cursory level discussion of the Rise of the Digital Age provided a good snapshot of the enormous growth of digital information in comparison to older analog mediums. The graph is a particularly good illustration of this phenomenon.
The article introduces the term Exobytes to the "non-nerd" but more importantly, it touches upon some very real concerns surrounding the se...
Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University - October 28-29, 2010
Another full day of presentations and discussions. We began the day looking at how preservation environments use energy first looking at the variable components in a system (air handling fans, cooling/dehumidification, heating/reheating, humidification, and lighting). Next we looked at how we should best monitor and collected data and use IPI's metrics to analy... Continue reading ...