Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation:

Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation: 

This report investigates procedures to reformat sound on analog carriers to digital media or files. It summarises discussions and recommendations emerging from a meeting of leading audio preservation engineers held January 29–30, 2004, to assess the present state of standards and best practices for capturing sound from analog discs and tapes.

This report is one of several studies that CLIR is undertaking on behalf of the Library of Congress and the National Recording Preservation Board.

Source: Presto Centre

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BBC helps produce First World War Moocs

BBC helps produce First World War Moocs 

By Chris Parr

Four UK universities are teaming up with the BBC to produce massive open online courses about the First World War

The universities taking part (see box below) will have access to rare video, audio and imagery from the BBC, some of which will not have been aired for decades. It is hoped that the process will allow the BBC to explore how it can work with British universities to enhance the quality of the UK’s online learning.

At a launch event at the BBC’s Old Broadcasting House in London on 23 July, FutureLearn chief executive, Simon Nelson, said that many Moocs had been “rightly criticised as just being a repackaging and redistribution of the traditional lecture format”, and that some universities were using the internet to “pump out videos”, rather than using their courses to tell a story. He said he hoped that working with the BBC would help institutions to be more creative.

The four WW1 FutureLearn Moocs:

  • Aviation Comes of Age
    University of Birmingham, from 20 October
  • Changing Faces of Heroism
    University of Leeds, from 27 October
  • Paris 1919: A New World Order?
    University of Glasgow, from 13 October
  • Trauma and Memory
    The Open University, from 3 November

Source: Times Higher Education

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BBC spent more than £200k on private detectives post-Savile ‘to assist in extracting archived emails’

BBC spent more than £200k on private detectives post-Savile ‘to assist in extracting archived emails’ 

The BBC spent more than £200,000 on private detectives to assist with the Pollard Review into the Jimmy Savile scandal, it has emerged.

The Daily Mail has reported that US firm Kroll and “a number of other third parties” were paid for investigations after the Savile scandal in 2012.

The £227,292 was paid for “technical support to assist in extracting archived emails”, but the BBC denied that this equates to “spying on staff emails”.

Staff contacted for the Pollard Review into the Savile scandal were warned that an “electronic search of the BBC archive may be undertaken”.

Source: Press Gazette

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Preserving Born Digital News at Digital Preservation 2014

Preserving Born Digital News at Digital Preservation 2014 

 by Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post from Anne Wootton, CEO of Pop Up Archive, which makes tools for preserving and creating access to digital spoken word; Edward McCain, the Digital Curator of Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri; Leslie Johnston, Direction of Digital Preservation at the National Archives and Records Administration; and Aurelia Moser, a librarian-journalist and current Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow.

This is true at small regional newspapers struggling to maintain a web presence and keep digital backups of their articles, images and videos. It’s also true at the biggest national news organizations building interactive news apps and data-driven journalism projects.

Important initiatives like the National Digital Newspaper Program (a partnership of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities) are helping save the legacy of print journalism for future generations. Educopia published a guide to digital newspaper preservation for libraries and cultural heritage institutions this year.

But what about the digital news being created today, especially given its state of continual flux and evolution?

Source: Signal

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Scoring, Not Storing: Digital Preservation Assessment Criteria at #digpres14

Scoring, Not Storing: Digital Preservation Assessment Criteria at #digpres14 

The following is a guest post by Seth Anderson, consultant at AVPreserve.  This is part of an ongoing series of posts to highlight and preview the Digital Preservation 2014 program.  Here Seth previews the session he organized, “Digital Preservation Audit and Planning with ISO 16363 and NDSA Levels of Preservation,” scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 from 10:45-noon.

The idea of the trustworthy digital repository is now old enough to vote. It has been 18 years since this concept was introduced by the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information in the 1996 report, “Preserving Digital Information,” (PDF) and during that time, our field has defined and refined what it means to digitally preserve. In 2014, the digital preservation community has now reached a level of maturity that allows us to evaluate preservation environments and services for their “trustworthiness,” thanks to resources, guidelines, and standards such as the international standard for trustworthy digital repositories (ISO 16363) and the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation. These have become go-to resources for myself, my colleagues at AVPreserve, and many others in the field when assessing existing preservation and planning for new or future capabilities.

Source: Signal

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July Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

July Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter 

The July issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation newsletter is now available!

In this issue:

  • Featuring “Digital Preservation and the Arts” including Web Archiving and Preserving the Arts, and Preserving Digital and Software-Based Artworks
  • An Interview with Marla Misunas (and friends) of SFMOMA, part 2
  • Community Approaches to Digital Stewardship
  • Exhibiting GIFs, with Jason Eppink
  • NDSA News with the latest reports
  • Residency Program updates
  • Conversation Corner, interviews with Ted Westervelt, Lisa Gitelman and Shannon Mattern
  • Upcoming events

Source: Signal

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End-of-Life Care for Aging, Fragile CDs and Their Data Content

End-of-Life Care for Aging, Fragile CDs and Their Data Content by Mike Ashenfelder

Many institutions and individuals that use CDs as a storage medium are now concerned because information technologists have deemed the medium to be unsuitable for long-term use. As a result, institutions are racing to get the data off the discs as quickly and safely as possible and into a more reliable digital storage environment.

Two years ago, Butch Lazorchak wrote about the Library of Congress’s Tangible Media Project and its efforts to transfer data off CDs for just that reason. And last month The Atlantic profiled Fanella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress, about the Library’s research into the physical and chemical properties of CDs and how CDs age.

At the upcoming Digital Preservation 2014, John Passmore, archives manager at New York Public Radio, will give a presentation about NYPR’s experiences in transferring the contents of their archive of over 30,000 CD-Rs. Passmore said that some of the older discs exhibit “end-of-life symptoms,” which creates an urgency at NYPR to move the content off the CD-Rs and into the organization’s asset management system. [Trevor Owens interviewed Passmore earlier this year on the subject.]

Source: Library of Congress

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