PrestoCentre Newsletter
Issue 20, January 2016
PrestoCentre has undergone some changes in the past months. We have opened up the library resources and publications, sharing freely our best practices and use cases, and granting free access to our shared knowledge centre through a simpler and more robust website. 

We will keep on acting as news hub for our community of Digital Preservation professionals; we will 
  • update PrestoCentre website with events, Winter School Webinars, seminar offers and articles of interest
  • publish a bi-monthly newsletter and keep on publishing TechWatch 
  • transform PrestoCentre site into an openly accessible service, allowing all members and non-members to consult freely our archived use cases, projects’ deliverables, newsletters, etc. 
Read more about the renewed PrestoCentre.
veraPDF 1.0 Released

[Source: Open Preservation Foundation]
The veraPDF consortium announced the release of veraPDF 1.0, an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF validates all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A).

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ECB tender for Digital Archiving and Preservation

[Source: DPC Online]
The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a tender for the provision of a DAP solution to enable the business to address and mitigate the risks to the authenticity and usability of information and provide the long-term management and preservation of its digital information holdings.

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Call for Projects: FIAT/IFTA Media Studies Grant

[Source: FIAT/IFTA]
This programme offers support for research done at member audiovisual archives with the aim to study archival material or archiving practices from these institutions. Priority is given to projects that research topics that are relevant for the history of the archive institution, for European media history or for archival practice.

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Call for Papers: 1968 in the Media / Seminar Paris - March 2017

[Source: FIAT/IFTA] 
The Media Studies Commission of the International Federation of Television Archives announces its forthcoming international seminar to take place in Paris, on March 20th, 2017. The one-day seminar is dedicated to the media coverage of different political and social events that took place in 1968 across the globe. 

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Benchmarking Europeana against other Web Services

[Source: Europeana Pro]
In the months of June and July of 2016 The DEN Foundation, partner of Europeana in the Europeana DSI project, conducted a small comparative research on the cultural content information services available on the Internet. The report is online now

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Irish Film Institute launches IFI Player
The IFI Player is a virtual viewing room for IFI's remarkable collections, giving audiences across the globe instant access to this rich heritage. The material on the IFI Player has been selected to give audiences a taste of the breadth and depth of the collections preserved by the Archive.

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Call for Papers: The Reel Thing

[Source: The Reel Thing]
This call is for a special 40th edition of the ongoing technical symposium, The Reel Thing, to take place in Amsterdam over the course of three days, May 28 – 30, 2017, in conjunction with the EYE International Conference 2017.

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Job Opportunities:

PrestoCentre Publication

TechWatch Report #04

In this fourth report in the TechWatch series for audiovisual archiving, we took a close look at film scanning developments, systems for video ingest, the potential of microservices and storage providers. 
Download your free copy here.

 About TechWatch

TechWatch features technology trends and business challenges that exist in digital AV archiving. This bi-annual publication connects preservation challenges and needs of AV archives to the solutions available from industry and research.
Highlighted Event


The Winter School for Audiovisual Heritage will live-stream its guest talks in webinar form. After the talks, the live audience from the Winter School as well as the webinar participants will be able to join the Q&A session.

General information:
  • Dates: January 25, 26, 26
  • Registration deadline: January 23rd
  • Free of charge

Webinar 1: Yvonne Ng (WITNESS)
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 4pm - 5pm CET

Webinar 2: Patricia Falcão (TATE)
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 4pm - 5pm CET

Webinar 3: Josefien Schuurman (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm CET
Other events

Starting January 19th: free AVPreserve Webinars Series

February 4 - 5: FOSDEM 2017 - Brussels

February 10: ACA@UBC 9th Annual International Symposium - Vancouver

February 20 - 23: International Digital Curation Conference - Edinburgh

April 3 - 8: SEAPAVAA Conference 2017 - Manilla

Find more events in our Events Calendar

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