Digital Conversion Interest Group (ALCTS PARS - Preservation and Reformatting Section) Community
Panelists share their experiences working within the ever-expanding field of audiovisual digitization, presenting perspectives from both vendors and institutions. A range of topics will be addressed, including the standards and technical specifications behind the projects. Topics may include equipment, workflows, file formats, metadata, codecs, wrappers, file compression, and storage.
During this Midwinter Meeting for the Digital Conversion Interest Group, we are shifting focus from previous discussions on digital conversion as a whole to examining audiovisual digitization specifically. We have invited panelists to provide insight into how the landscape of audiovisual digitization has changed and continues to change, and how vendors and institutions are adapting to changes such as increased demand, advances in preservation, and the rise of born digital content. This year’s panel is designed to represent both the vendor and institutional perspectives on these topics, and how decisions are made regarding digital audiovisual production.
After hearing from our panelists, we will turn to the audience for questions and open discussion about the future of audiovisual projects from a cultural heritage perspective, and if audiovisual digitization is within reach of smaller academic institutions.
The session will focus on digital conversion projects at Northwestern University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As with previous sessions, we'll end this meeting with some guidelines for small and mid-sized institutions.
Betsy Kruger, Head of the Digital Content Creation Unit at the University of Illinois, will present on a project to photograph and create 3-D interactive models of rare musical instruments in their Sousa Archives, Center for American Music. The talk will focus on workflow issues, imaging equipment and software, file formats, and the Java viewer.
Carolyn Caizzi, Assistant Head of Digital Collections at Northwestern University, will discuss the NUL digital production team's use of FADGI and GoldenThread/DICE software in its digital imaging workflow. Caizzi will address the process the team used to evaluate scanners, providing information about the diagnostic tests that were performed, the process of identifying samples, and the sequencing tests used. The FADGI guidelines, and GoldenThread/DICE software allowed NUL to improve their digital image collections and workflow.
Stefan Elnabli, Moving Image and Sound Preservation Specialist in the Digital Collections department at Northwestern University Library, will address the life of an audiovisual reformatting project, from assessment and inventory, through digitization, preservation, and access. He will focus on two collections, one audio, and one film, and will describe the process of choosing standards and workflows within institutional limitations.
David Mindel, Digital Collections and University Repository Librarian from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will conclude with advice for smaller institutions.
ALCTS PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 604
Panelists share a range of digitization projects with a focus on the standards and technical specifications behind the projects. Specifics include file formats, metadata, codecs, wrappers, file compression and storage.
The Midwinter Meeting for the Digital Conversion Interest Group continues addressing the question of how small institutions, and institutions on tight budgets, can move forward with digital projects to preserve their material.
Hannah Palin, Film Archivist for the University of Washington Libraries, will address the challenges of working from grant-to-grant. Palin works in what is known as the DIY archive at the University of Washington Libraries. The archive brings moving image materials into the mainstream through creating collection guides and posting films to their Digital Collections site; this work is completed all without a direct budget. Palin will address how they implement best practices under budgetary constraints.
The conversation will then turn towards a comparison of types of workflows. Christopher Masciangelo will share his experience as a Digital Conversion Specialist at the World Digital Library, at the Library of Congress, discussing the pros and cons of a range of digitization processes. This will lead into general discussion about workflows at your institution.
About the speakers:
Film Archives Specialist
University of Washington Libraries
Hannah Palin, Film Archivist for the University of Washington Libraries, has been working on grant-funded moving image preservation projects at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections for the past ten years. In her role as Film Archives Specialist, Hannah has overseen work on numerous projects including grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Washington Preservation Initiative, the Apex Foundation, the Allen Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Digital Conversion Specialist
World Digital Library
Library of Congress
Chris Masciangelo is a Digital Conversion Specialist at the Library of Congress, working as part of the World Digital Library (WDL) content management team, as well as a participant in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). He has been involved professionally with digital conversion activities for the last 5 years and has worked on numerous projects including the New Jersey Digital Highway, New Jersey Environmental Digital Library, and a mass digitization project at Rutgers University. He is familiar with the various aspects of digitization, and last February traveled to Doha, Qatar to give an instructional presentation about digitization to some of WDL's Middle Eastern partners.
The Annual meeting of the Digital Conversion Interest Group will focus on the challenges of operating as a "one-person shop". Speakers will present on a range of topics, including the management of digital content; file format conversion; continuing education; and dealing with multimedia. Time will be devoted to discussion after the presentations, and audience members are encouraged to come prepared to share their own experiences and success stories.
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Meeting of the PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group to present topics on interest. Preservation professionals are increasingly charged with varied and complex collections that include a growing amount of moving image material. Furthermore, limited resources and technical learning curves contribute to the challenge of preserving these materials.
This session will provide practical information on the preservation of moving image materials. A panel comprised of experienced professionals will address such topics as standards and technical specifications, file formats, codecs and wrappers, metadata, data storage, and delivery for access. The session will provide equal parts theory and application, with an eye to what small to mid-sized institutions can do to implement these strategies.
This will be an opportunity to learn more about general technical matters surrounding these complex challenges, as well as an opportunity to bring specific questions and success stories to what will be a mostly “town hall” style meeting.
Time will additionally be allotted at the end of the program for discussion of the Annual Meeting’s agenda.
Please join us for the ALCTS/PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group meeting on Saturday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel (Capitol)- BR H/J
Peter Alyea, Digital Conservation Specialist at the Library of Congress, will be sharing the Library's latest research into 3D imaging and digitization of analog audio discs. The research revolves around a system called IRENE, which can transform damaged and old records into digital audio. IRENE has the potential to help preserve thousands of records which are currently unplayable via a conventional needle and turntable.
For more information about the IRENE project, please visit http://irene.lbl.gov/
Also see NPR's report on the project at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11851842
Leslie Johnston, Manager of Technical Architecture Initiatives with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), will address an overview of the program’s current initiatives, including distributed preservation, use of “the cloud,” and the documentation and validation of file formats.
New co-chairs wanted:
We will also be electing new co-chairs. If you are interested, please attend the meeting or you may contact: Janet Ahrberg at email@example.com or Preston Cabe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Conversion Interest Group Meeting at Midwinter
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Speakers: Chris Lacinak, Founder and President of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions; Adam Corson-Finnerty, Dir. Of Special Initiatives & Board Relations, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libraries; and Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, CEO and Founder of Kirtas Technologies
Topics: The challenges and solutions of born-digital audio/video formats conversion to modern formats is addressed. And learn how the University of Pennsylvania Libraries partnership with Kirtas Technologies resulted in making over 200,000 titles available for scan-on-demand and purchase. This is the first step in a board program to “monetize content” from Penn’s 6,000,000 volume collection.