IASA-AMIA 2010 conference

Programme: 2nd November

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

07:30-17:00 Registration
09:00-17:00 AMIA BOARD MEETING (Closed)
09:00-10:00 Training and Education Committee (meeting and paper: Teaching for the Long Run: The Maasai Cultural Documentation Training ProgramTeaching for the Long Run: The Maasai Cultural Documentation Training Program
An innovative training program initiated in 2008 by an international consortia of educational and cultural organizations aims to provide skills-based training in documentary methods and librarianship along with basic recording technology to indigenous communities. The program responds to requests from such groups that are intent on deploying these tools in capacity building and self- documentation projects. The presentation will describe the various aspects and outcomes of the pilot program which involves members of the Laikipia Maasai community of Kenya and will illuminate global debates about cultural rights, intellectual property, self-representation and cultural sustainability.
Guha Shankar (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
  Low budget and Open-Source Software for Audio and VideoLow budget and Open-Source Software for Audio and Video
Harvard and Indiana universities have cooperated earlier in a project called "Sound Directions - Digital Preservation and Access for Global Audio Heritage", the results of which are available online in the form of a booklet of 'Best Practices for Audio Preservation' as well as a toolkit. Their respective institutions continue to cooperate and develop solutions in low- budget and open-source software for audio/audiovisual heritage, which are offered here in a hands-on, how-to workshop for implementation in your archive, within the themes of preservation, access and collection management.
Bruce Gordon - Harvard University, Ed Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Alan Burdette - Indiana University - Archives of Traditional Music
  Workshop: Digital Preservation for Audiovisual Collections: OAIS and all thatWorkshop: Digital Preservation for Audiovisual Collections: OAIS and all that
Digitisation -- and Digital Preservation: strategy, workflow and architecture for digital preservation of audiovisual content. The first time in North America: information and support from the new European Audiovisual Competence Centre. Content: (1) digitisation: most audiovisual content remains on discrete carriers, on shelves. The workshop will summarise: conservation; how (and when) to digitise; formats and encodings; metadata and preservation metadata. (2) digital preservation: what to do with files (and with digital content not yet in files -- eg DV, DVD, DAT). There is extensive digital library and digital preservation technology -- OAIS and all that, but much of that technology only works on text, and needs a lot more consideration to be effective on audiovisual content. Format: a) state of the art reviews: concise explanations of best practice b) case studies: examples of the situations real archives face c) questions from the floor: participants' own situations, and questions.

Marius Snyders - National Inst. for Sound and Vision
Richard Wright - BBC R&D Speaker:
Waltre Allasia - Eurix
Nan Rubin - Community Media Services / NDIIPP Project Preserving Digital
Cataloging and Metadata for Moving ImagesCataloging and Metadata for Moving Images
A two-day workshop providing an overview of cataloging practices, content standards, and metadata schemas used in describing digital and analog materials in all media environments. Sessions will focus on management of resources through their life cycles; the differences between descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata (including rights and preservation metadata); an introduction to the use of file wrappers with examples from the broadcast industry; and a discussion of the role of the librarian in digital asset management. Sense will be made of the alphabet soup that includes FRBR, MARC, DC, MODS,METS, PREMIS, FIAT, IPTC, MPEG7, MPEG21, MXF, RDA, FIAF, CEN, DACS, and EAD. Sessions will include dynamic presentations encompassing film, video, digital, and broadcast materials with interactive exercises and clips. A special half-day hands-on session will focus on thesauri available for genre/form headings and an overview of the integration of genre/form terms into Library of Congress Subject Headings.

[Two Days] Chair:
Karen Barcellona (Academy Film Archive) Speakers:
Andrea Leigh (Library of Congress); Linda Tadic (Audiovisual Archive Network); Amy Lucker (New York University);  Rebecca S. Guenther (Library of Congress); Randal Luckow (Turner Broadcasting); Janis L Young (Library of Congress)
From Sound Waves to Sound Files and Preservation: Audio Digitization Basics for ArchivistsFrom Sound Waves to Sound Files and Preservation: Audio Digitization Basics for Archivists
Chances are if you have an advanced degree in archives, libraries or museum studies you don't have much training in sound preservation. If you studied sound or motion image, sound preservation may also be new. This workshop starts at the beginning, and takes the student through digitization ("what do all those numbers mean"), includes a session on assessment -- with a hands-on period with media, digitization and metadata!! We'll show how sound is digitized, how files are constructed, discuss metadata standards and their implementation. We'll wrap up looking at long-term planning, obsolescence monitoring, and other topics relevant to all digital preservation.
George Blood - Safe Sound Archive
10:00-10:30 Organizing Knowledge (paper & meeting)
11:00-11:30 Technical Committee (meeting and paper: Update on optical signal retrieval from mechanical carriersUpdate on optical signal retrieval from mechanical carriers
Optical signal retrieval from mechanical carriers is particularly attractive because of being a non-contact procedure by nature, which means leaving the recorded surface of the original carrier untouched. Such systems have physical limitations that confine it in a very tiny niche market, but in certain circumstances there is no other way to access a recording, and some other benefits may be considered as well. So, a small number of existing systems and new techniques are further developed
Stefano Cavaglieri - Fonoteca Nazionale Svizzera)
12:00-12:30 Broadcast Archive Section (meeting and paper: Linking ancillary information within the federated search engine of the Bavarian Radio Archives. Present state and future visionsLinking ancillary information within the federated search engine of the Bavarian Radio Archives. Present state and future visions
The development of the Bavarian Radio's federated search machine, which allows simultaneous searching in a large number of high-quality internal and external databases, proves a good example of the possibilities offered through intelligent linking of information from various sources. Information related to media assets is manifold and it is a challenge to try to pull together the most important facets and to present them to end users in an attractive and usable fashion. The wealth of additional information available through linking to verified sources in the internet makes the knowledge harvesting and presentation puzzle even more complex. Creativity as well as good communication and requirements analysis skills are paramount to developing this sort of linked information service.
Mary-Ellen Kitchens (Bavarian Broadcasting Co, Munich, Germany)
13:00-13:30 Research Archive Section (meeting and paper: User-led archiving: some thoughts and practical issues from a research archivist's perspectiveUser-led archiving: some thoughts and practical issues from a research archivist's perspective
The aim of this short introductory paper is to provoke discussion around a number of themes, including: how can/should archival administration principles (such as collection integrity) be maintained in different types of online contexts (such as collective (inter-) national web services and portals and online exhibitions? how can traditional archival activities (cataloguing and digitisation) be balanced against making meaning of user contributions via social media? how do we cope with user demands in the internet age? who are the most useful users for a research archive to target? The presentation will focus on my experiences working with a research collection of ethnomusicological archive material at the British Library
Janet Topp Fargion, The British Library
13:30-14:00 Digital Audio RestorationDigital Audio Restoration
The workshop discusses the basic approach to digital audio restoration, focussing on an archival perspective: Starting with a critical assessment of the source material and it’s artefacts, exemplified by means of measurements, spectral analyses and audio examples, the workshop outlines the implication of different signal processing procedures and compares the professional guidelines of classical restoration in cultural heritage with daily practice in the audio world. A wide knowledge about the original source and its production process, storage conditions and re-recording influences is essential to properly decide if and how artefacts should be restored in a historically and ethically accurate way. Finally the discussion addresses ethical and aesthetical questions and traces the various stages between restoration, re-issue, re-mastering and reinterpretation.
Nadja Wallaszkovits - Phonogrammarchiv - Austrian Academy of Sciences
14:00-14:30 National Archive Section (meeting and papers: Recent Developments at the Library of Congress Recorded Sound Section (Daniel Blazek, Library of Congress); The National Jukebox (Carla Anton, Library of Congress)
15:00-15:30 Discography Committee (paper & meeting)
17:30-20:00 Penn Museum After Hours Reception (Separate registration fee required)Penn Museum After Hours Reception (Separate registration fee required)
Penn Museum Archive is hosting a reception for visiting AMIA and IASA members! Featured at the reception will be an exhibition of production stills from Matto Grosso (1931), one of the earliest sync sound documentary films. A museum sponsored expeditionary film which takes place in interior Brazil, Matto Grosso will also be screened continuously on monitors in one of the galleries. Matto Grosso was restored with a grant from NFPF in 2008.

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