Million minutes of archive film footage goes online

Million minutes of archive film footage goes online

A million minutes of archive film footage has gone online, much of it not seen for 50 years.

The videos from Associated Press paint a picture of London’s changing landscape and culture.


See Also The Associated Press Puts Its Vast Archive On YouTube (NPR)

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The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archive

The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archive

Seven years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preserved

In a time of ever-changing formats and a glut of unforgettable footage, archival preservation of all that tape doesn’t come cheap. That’s what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discovered when they set out to rescue its threatened audiovisual archive, reports the AFP.

In 2007, the IOC discovered a large portion of its audiovisual archive faced corrosion and destruction. Some of the film was deteriorating, and many video resources had to be transferred to other media because the equipment to play it was long gone. Saving it cost them seven years, 30 million Euro, and 100,000 hours of work. But now, they’ve rescued, digitized and conserved over 30,000 hours of video and 500,000 pictures.

Source: Smithsonian

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Is SnapChat-style digital decay on the rise – and should it be welcomed?

Is SnapChat-style digital decay on the rise – and should it be welcomed?

Data is everywhere. While your photos, documents and emails for the last two decades are probably archived and accessible somewhere, your tweets, social media updates, instant messages and blogs are not only on the internet for all time, but fully indexed and searchable by Google.

It was the fashion a few years ago to ditch worldly possessions, live out of a laptop and declare yourself a ‘digital minimalist’. There were excitable news reports on the ‘cult of less’, irritating TED talks, books and blogs, but thanks to cloud accounts, Flickr and portable HDDs it has transpired that data is just as hard to prune as physical possessions.

“Currently, ‘forgetting’ data – i.e. deliberately deleting it – routinely requires more effort than having it preserved,” says Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford and author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. “This increases the ‘cost’ of digital forgetting, and thus tilts the default towards preservation. As a consequence digital minimalists need to spend significant time and effort to get rid of data.”

Source: Techradar
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Yale project preserving Benny Goodman film and audio

NEW HAVEN >> Benny Goodman fans three centuries from now will be able to watch the “King of Swing” do his thing on classics such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” at least if Yale has anything to do with it.

The great clarinetist and bandleader died in 1986, but his collection of family-owned films lives on here, and Yale preservationists have been working to save the images on his 16-mm and 35-mm film, as well as audio tracks on magnetic reels.

Video from Goodman’s collection at Yale, transferred to new polyester film reels, should last about 500 years under the right storage conditions, said Remi Castonguay, outgoing public services project librarian at Yale’s Gilmore Music Library and the man who spearheaded the recent preservation project.

Source: New Haven Register

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Learning How to Take VHS Tapes and Archive Their Content

VHS tapes were everywhere for a long period of time, and now they have become hopelessly obsolete technology. However, the people who taped things off the television back in the 1990s and the people who have movies on VHS will still be able to archive the content on their computers today, thus putting it into a form that they will be able to use. In this video, people will learn how to do so.
Source: Worthy Tales
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Find Archive Film Footage Of Your Postcode

As part of its current Britain on Film season, the BFI has produced an interactive ‘film map’ that allows you to search for archive videos made in your local area. Tap in your postcode and the site brings up any films it has related to said location.

The collection ranges from 1895 to the present day and includes adverts, newsreels, government-made films, TV shows and movies, as well as the world’s earliest home movies dating back to 1902.

London is particularly well represented, though it has to be said that the search can yield fairly broad results at present — better to think in terms of larger areas like the East End or the City rather than your local launderette. The project is in its early stages but has grand ambitions to grow the current catalogue of 2,500 digitized archive films to 10,000 by 2017.

Source: Londonist

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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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