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PrestoCentre Newsletter
Issue 15, September 2014

Upcoming event
Preservathon November 13 & 14:
Preliminary list of speakers now online
Ever heard of a Hackathon? — where “hack” is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, and “-thon” refers to a marathon (we’re talking about multiple days rather than hours). The PrestoCentre is now introducing a series of Preservathons: two-day, hands-on workshops on digitisation, storage, MAM, procurement, SLAs — you name it.

Don’t miss the next Preservathon: Reserve the date!
On 13 and 14 November, a new Preservathon is scheduled, concentrating on the procurement of digitisation solutions and tools. Digitising analogue AV collections has been a challenge over the past decade or so. Since then, a great amount of knowledge and experience has become available on the technology and format choices and the challenges regarding selection and workflow. The Preservathon will give you a hands-on learning experience helping you increase your understanding of the more obscure pitfalls of preparing a large-scale digitisation project.

Participants may bring their own case to the Preservathon. The location is VRT, Brussels. PrestoCentre Members receive a 10% discount on tickets for this event.

Continue reading and sign up for the Preservathon


Webinar on Quality Control
Webinar on October 20th:
Essence Quality Control for AV Archive Digitisation,
Migration and Exploitation
Unfortunately, we had to postpone Peter Schallauer's webinar on essence quality control. The webinar will now take place on October 20. Registration is open, so subscribe now!

About the webinar
The webinar is an introduction to essence (baseband) quality control (QC) in the context of audiovisual preservation. It will start with the role of essence QC in the use cases video archive digitisation, digital migration, content selection and use. Currently available and emerging functionalities will be presented. Strategies for cost-efficient implementation of essence QC will be introduced, and showing how this can be achieved by automation and efficient interactive essence QC.

Read more about the webinar and sign up

Past events
Presto4U Workshop: Digital AV Archiving Workflows

Mikko Kuutti and Thomas Christensen. Image: Erwin Verbruggen

On September 22 and 23, Presto4U organized a workshop in Copenhagen. The theme: Digital AV Archiving Workflows. Erwin Verbruggen (Research & Development at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) was one of the attendees and he wrote a blog on this event. You can read it on the PrestoCentre website and even access the presentations.

Go to the blog

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Upcoming workshop
Future-proof AV Content for Education and Research
This 2 ½ day Presto4U workshop (November 6 - 7) covers the main issues and challenges surrounding the digital preservation of audiovisual content in the academic domain. The workshop is organised by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Venice IUAV and Italian broadcaster RAI. 
The programme of this workshop is now online.

Read more and register now

Other upcoming events
October 22: webinar Managing digital rights metadata with semantic technologies

Hosted by Henry Stewart Group, this free webinar will discuss the advantages of using new semantic technologies to manage digital rights metadata.

Key issues to be addressed:
•    Common techniques and limitations of storing digital rights data in a DAM
•    Common digital rights data points
•    Key concepts in semantic technology
•    How to model digital rights semantically
•    Demonstration of querying digital rights metadata in a DAM

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October 27: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. We will plan activities around this special day, so save the date! 

More on Audiovisal Heritage Day

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