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PrestoCentre Newsletter
Issue 8, March 2014
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The world economy will eventually recover but that doesn't mean we should be going back to business as usual. More than ever, organisations like PrestoCentre need to be able to prove that membership provides a sustainable return on investment. Although we haven't moved away completely from paid membership, we have remodelled our membership categories allowing for new reduced annual dues from May 2014 and clearly reflecting your archive's stage of digital maturity and long-term sustainability. You will receive more information when your membership expires.

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Past Events
Watch now: Webinar on Exchange of Video Assets
On March 25th, PrestoCentre and Presto4U organised the webinar "Exchange of Video Assets - Best Practices and Standards in Different Organisations" presented by Peter Holm Lindgaard (TV2), Joan Leese (VET Post-Production and Training UK) and Dimitri Traas (Infostrada). The webinar has been recorded and is now online available for playback.

This webinar poses several questions and answers on the importance of best practices and standards in the exchange of video assets across a diverse range of organisations within the media industry. How are assets and media files exposed, exchanged, compressed, adopted? How is metadata used in order to ensure information flow and reuse of data? How are media files captured and adopted? The objective of the webinar is to promote best practices through the eyes of business minded experts, i.e. to demonstrate how production and post-production professionals with preserved collections are making more positive benefits by using specific tools and workflows.

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Upcoming Events
Webinar: Why preserving contemporary music productions is so difficult
The fifth webinar in the PrestoCentre and Presto4U webinar series will take place on Tuesday April 8 dedicated to the Music and Sound community.

Music productions, ranging from commercial recordings to contemporary electroacoustic music, use technical devices to combine, adapt and mix the sound components that will produce the final version of music. The result of the work is kept in complex environments, which are often re-accessed for new mixes or versions, and need to be preserved and kept accessible through time. Not only the constitutive elements need to be preserved, but all the associated knowledge that will permit in the future to understand the components and the way they should be organised for a new production. No efficient tool exists today to take care of these environments and this lack constitutes a major issue for the musical production industry as well as for contemporary creators who aspire to a future existence for their works.

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PrestoCentre Publications
Discover the Preservation Case Studies for Archives
In 2013 PrestoCentre started publishing new training material, called "Preservation Case Studies for Archives". Currently five issues are available and new issues will be added to the series during 2014.

The Case Studies are an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way.

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Presto4U Status Update
Status Update Presto4U

26 March 2014 | On 6 March 2014 the first project review meeting with the European Commission took place in the Tate Modern. The work package leaders presented the year one results and as part of the review Pip Laurenson (Tate) organised a trip to the Tate Modern Archive Centre to see the current ingest, transcoding and digitising operations for the long term preservation of their high value video art collections.

After successfully completing the year 1 review, work has begun for the assessment of additional research outputs in year 2. We have started to refine the assessment criteria based on the lessons learnt from the year 1 assessments and are making improvements to the methodology. Work on creating a concrete dataset for Presto4U has also begun and the licence terms for the distribution of this content will soon be negotiated. We will be conducting a second tech watch at NAB 2014.

Work on the software tools catalogue is well underway. The team has been responding to results from the software tools catalogue survey to create a catalogue that responds to the needs of the audiovisual community, and we plan to launch the catalogue in the very near future. The Standard Register continues to develop and grow. A recent collaborative partnership with APARSEN aims to foster interoperability across projects.

On March 10th, the third Presto4U webinar took place “Expressing Preservation Requirements on Audiovisual Collections”. Carlo Meghini (CNR-ISTI) gave an introduction to expressing digital preservation requirements in the context of audiovisual collections, with a special emphasis on the approach followed by the Presto4U project. The fourth webinar "Exchange of Video Assets - Best Practices and Standards in Different Organisations" took place on March 25 and was presented by Peter Holm Lindgaard (TV2) with co-presenters Joan Leese (Managing Director of VET Post-Production and Training UK) and Dimitri Traas and Marco Van Norel (Infostrada, Netherlands). The webinars are recorded and will soon be available online for playback. In the meantime we continue to work on future webinars.

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Featured Blog
Digitising Audiovisual Collections - Outsourcing vs. In-house Approach
By: Luca Bagnoli

Digitisation requires expertise and modern technology. It can be built up and established in-house, but it’s also available from a large number of specialist providers. Our individual requirements, the scale of the project and the resources that are available in-house (staff, infrastructure, etc.) will determine whether and to what extent we should make use of external services. For owners of personal collections, there are a few questions which need to be considered when addressing the long term preservation of audiovisual content (photographs, films, sound recordings , etc..). Does one have the skills to carry out the work?  Can I do the entire work by myself? What are the benefits of investing in specific equipment and what will the return on investment be for a small personal collection? What are the advantages of outsourcing all the work (or part of it)?, Do I adopt a hybrid intermediary approach using advice and consultancy from other small collection projects and the professional digitisation companies?

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Library Highlight
Feet On The Ground: A Practical Approach To The Cloud
When evaluating cloud storage providers, it is dangerous to assume such services are only storage and therefore uncomplicated or that requirements for storage are obvious and therefore inherently met by the service provider. Experience with any technology selection will prove the opposite. No two services are the same and the variance between services often represents the difference between successful implementation and a failed initiative. Never purchase a service without proper vetting; uninformed decisions risk loss of time, money, and even assets. These nine assessment criteria will help you get started in asking the right questions and making a practical, informed decision on using cloud storage for archival or preservation needs.

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Upcoming Events
April 2-5: Museums and the Web 2014 – Museums and the Web is an annual conference featuring advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage. MW offers a range of professional learning opportunities, from plenary sessions to un-conference sessions, from formal papers to informal networking, from museum project demonstrations to commercial exhibits, from professional debates to lightning talks, from how-to sessions to crit rooms and the Best of the Web awards.

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April 2: Managing Digital Preservation – This event will focus on the issues that managers face when implementing digital preservation in their organisation. It will explore the tension between stable business processes and the introduction of new technologies. Many managers have a responsibility for digital preservation but they are not necessarily a technical expert in the field.Different guest speakers from the field of Digital Preservation will give their view om managing digital preservation. The focus will be on the challenges for the organisation in the implementation of new tools and solutions in digital preservation and sharing practice. What should be maintained and what should be altered in order to preserve?

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