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Issue 11, May 2014
Upcoming Events
Preliminary Programme Available PrestoCentre Preservathon on AV Preservation Storage Solutions
The programme for the PrestoCentre Preservathon “AV Preservation Storage Solutions” is now mainly set and online available. The Preservathon will take place on 25-26 June at Rai “Museo della Radio”, Turin, Italy.

The first day will be a hands-on workshop where teams will learn what is involved in selecting the best long-term audiovisual storage solution. The second day will host a mini-conference. This Preservathon is made possible by the Presto4U project.

PrestoCentre members receive 10% discount!
PrestoCentre membership helps archives develop through the five stages of digital maturity and long-term sustainability. Each stage can be identified by certain challenges, needs and requirements for digitisation, storage solutions, and media asset management. Our Preservathons concentrate on these three areas and support archives in finding out all about the latest  solutions and products available to the market, and about their makers and vendors. Membership is already available from 150 Euros a year. More information at www.prestocentre.org/membership/application.

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Webinar: How to help content owners to bring their collections to institutions?
Heritage institutions are increasingly interested in receiving contributions from users and content collectors. On the other hand, content holders are willing to give or to make accessible contents they have produced or inherited to institutions which can assure a long-term access and preservation of their values. This is why many initiatives have started in the last years to bring both actors together in a mutual trusted relation. What are the implications and actions of such contributions? How should institutions and users see this collaboration?

The webinar takes place on June 4th, 2014 presented by Daniel Teruggi and Luca Bagnoli from the Institut national de l'audiovisuel.

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Presto4U Status Update
Status Update Presto4U

12 May 2014 | The Tools Catalogue has recently been launched and work is underway to migrate pre-existing records into this new schema for enhanced navigation of the tools. April marked a milestone in the development of the MP-AF standard (Multimedia Preservation Application Format) with the issue of the CD (Committee Draft) at the 108MPEG meeting In Valencia. Read more in Walter Allasia’s latest blog about the MPEG Activities of the Multimedia Preservation Application Format Group. The project team is now working on the formation of the Marketplace – the junction where users can express their audiovisual preservation needs and be presented with solutions tailored to those needs. A recent brainstorm meeting (at CNR in Pisa, Italy) on scope and branding is helping to inform the functional requirements and technical build of the environment.

At NAB 2014 in Las Vegas we have successfully conducted a second technology watch. The results - the second TechWatch report - will be published shortly. On the tool assessment side, a final list of tools has been produced which will be agreed and evaluated by assessment partners over the next few months. During the process of drafting tools, it emerged that there is a clear requirement for datasets based on the type of tool being assessed. Dataset building in year 2 will be a side effect of the assessment exercise. Finally, options are being explored for assessment of commercial QC tools such that the output of the evaluation can be used as a comparison between commercial technology leaders and research outputs in this space.

On April 8th the fifth webinar took place “ Why Preserving Contemporary Music Productions is so difficult”, dedicated to the Music and Sound Archives Community. The speakers, Daniel Terrugi and Yann Geslin from INA, provided useful insights into the issues around the long term preservation of  contemporary music productions, current technological devices and the complexities of reversioning original music for future recordings.

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Featured Blog
Do broadcast archives go to heaven?
By: Erwin Verbruggen

Looking back is an activity us archivists are trained in. We don’t necessarily focus on what we can learn from the past, but on how we can better organise what has happened, so that others are able to make the best use of it. The past few months have, in archival terms, shown quite some de-organising in the broadcast archiving field. There’s two kinds of disasters an archive manager fears: the havoc wrecked by mother nature, and the havoc wrecked by budget cuts. Famously, and tragically so, recent history has brought on all too much of the former. Japan and the Filippines suffered typhoons and storms of gargantuan proportions. Lower Manhattan got caught by a certain amount of surprise last year and the Eyebeam media archive had volunteer archivist teams on the rescue to recover its independent media collections. And we all remember the Cologne city archive, which collapsed onto its own collections as a result of a construction site failure.

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Library Highlight
NDSA National Agenda for Digital Stewardship
The National Agenda for Digital Stewardship annually integrates the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions, convened through the Library of Congress, to provide funders and executive decision‐makers insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity, and key areas for funding, research and development to ensure that today's valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage.

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Upcoming Events
June 4 - 6: 2014 New York Archives Conference – Hear about the opportunities and dilemmas facing the holders of New York‘s rich documentary heritage. The Conference is offering sessions on: audiovisual archiving, preservation, and digitisation; preserving the record of the Southern tier; conducting an inventory of electronic records; archives in the public interest; oral histories; careers in archives and historical societies; how to avoid and recover from disasters; supporting the Common Core with primary resources; the Digital Public Library of America;

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June 5: 2014 DIASTOR Conference – One day conference "Film in the Digital Age"' about Digitisation, Access, and Storage of Films. The conference aims at providing information to a broad audience of film professionals (directors, producers, distributors), archivists, politicians, journalists, film scholars and historians. International experts in the field will give insights into their practices, solutions, standards and workflows. The talks will be in German, English, or French with simultaneous translation for participants.

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