Digital preservation is more than technology

Digital preservation is more than technology

By Joshua Ranger, senior consultant with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions

 Yes, it’s early July, but I am going to talk a bit about April’s NAB and a discussion that evolved from the show. I love the NAB conference; always have. I wound my way into media archiving and preservation after starting off as an audio engineer. That work and that career decision are still at the core of the passion I have for the work I do now. I love archival consulting, but man, give me a pile of equipment, a wiring diagram and some cables to run, and I’ll throw on my tie gun holster and be there.

I still get to do that on occasion with various clients, but I spend a bulk of my time critically assessing the systems, formats, tools and workflows under consideration in preservation environments, comparing where they succeed and where they fail in meeting functional requirements, and what degree of success or failure is needed or acceptable.

Which is one reason I love NAB (Oh, and the NAB app, too. What a useful tool that was this year. Thanks, NAB!). The chance to check out all that amazing gear and see what fascinating technology is in development without immediately analyzing (and problematizing) the impact on archiving is a pure joy. Though this year there were a number of promising trends toward more intelligent storage solutions and trends that better support a preservation environment.

Source: Post Magazine

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