IFI Irish Film Archive publishes new Digital Preservation and Access Strategy

The IFI Irish Film Archive has published a new Digital Preservation & Access Strategy that outlines its response to the challenges and opportunities of archiving vast quantities of moving image material in a digital environment.

Over the last five years moving image production and distribution has changed from being almost entirely analogue to being predominantly digital; as the guardian of the national moving image collection the IFI Irish Film Archive is faced with the challenge of collecting, cataloguing, preserving and giving access to these digital collections for the benefit of current and future generations.

Source: IFTN

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Are we doing enough to preserve digital material for the long-term?

Are we doing enough to preserve digital material for the long-term?

Nik Stanbridge, Director of Marketing, Arkivum asks if institutions like Harvard are doing enough to preserve their digital assets

The Harvard libraries and archives contain an immense volume of digital information that has been gathered over several decades, and is therefore currently stored on hundreds of different formats that are quickly becoming outdated.

When this digital material first began to enter libraries in the 1980’s on floppy disks and tapes it was largely logged and tucked away as simply a growing collection of artefacts, and so a substantial amount of data may not have been accessed for 30 years, let alone archived or converted to a sustainable format.

Source: Information Age

See Also: Is there anything to be learnt from Harvard’s attempt to preserve its digital assets?

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Film archive saved by lottery funding

Film archive saved by lottery funding

Hours of archive film footage showing Wolverhampton life from the 50s to the 70s have been rescued from the brink of extinction, in a lottery-funded preservation project

Source: Express and Star

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Fairfax Media reaches agreement over photo archive dispute

Fairfax Media reaches agreement over photo archive dispute

Fairfax Media can finally get the remainder of its priceless photo collection digitised after US photo archivers Rogers Photo Archive went into receivership

Digitisation of Fairfax Media’s photos will resume after the company reached an agreement with the receiver of Roger Photo Archive in the United States.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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Fairfax Media’s valuable photo archives under threat after Rogers Photo Archive goes into receivership

Thousands of historic photos are in limbo as Fairfax Media tries to save its valuable archive after the US company that holds them went into receivership.

It seemed like a brilliant deal for Fairfax Media, which had to find a way to save its valuable archival photos from deteriorating but could not spend a fortune doing it.

Rogers Photo Archive in Little Rock, Arkansas, offered the solution.

That company would digitise the photos, add metadata for easy searching and then return an online accessible version to Fairfax — taking an ageing and deteriorating archive and giving the cash-strapped media company a digital library in return.

For its efforts Rogers Photo Archive would be able to sell the originals and make a profit. Except it did not.

Source: Radio Australia

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Digital Underground

Digital Underground

Who Will Make Sure The Internet’s Vast Musical Archive Doesn’t Disappear?

From the Article:
The advent of streaming was a game-changer for someone like Marshall, a connoisseur of older and emerging music surviving beyond mainstream. Material that once could only be found through diligent fieldwork — whether that meant connecting directly with far-flung communities or digging like crazy in record store bins or basement library stacks — was now immediately accessible, and framed by lively exchanges that often included the music-makers themselves. Streaming was changing music scholarship, as well as the day-to-day pleasures of any curious listener who could now instantly pursue a new fascination. The story of pop, as defined through lineage of widely familiar artists and styles (Elvis, Motown, classic rock) was now being expanded and challenged by the quickly accessible greatness of the forgotten and the marginalized (Awesome Tapes from Africa, deep Southern gospel, regional punk). Music history was bursting open, and not just for credentialed historians. Fans falling down rabbit holes could feel like experts after a long lost weekend of listening. Public libraries were digitizing, catching up to the rapid (and often copyright-careless) activities of private collectors. Specialty labels were popping up, turning preservation into a sometimes trendy and even modestly lucrative pursuit. Even as online music shook the present-day music business to its core, the vast past of music was becoming much more audible.
Source: The Record
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Could you be fined for illegally streaming movies or TV shows?

Could you be fined for illegally streaming movies or TV shows?

Streaming and sharing unauthorised copyrighted content is illegal. Katie Morley asks what will happen to culprits who are caught

You can log on to countless websites and indulge your addiction to American TV series, or see the latest films without paying a penny.

But if you have a niggly feeling that all this “free” content is too good to be true, your hunch is almost certainly correct: most websites offering free, streamed programmes are illegal.

People have been accessing movies and TV shows for free for years, but the way they do this has transformed beyond recognition.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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