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Digital Media

Amigos Library Services—Imaging and Preservation Services:
A nonprofit, grant-funded service, Amigos provides preservation information, support, and training to librarians and archivists primarily in the Southwestern United States. Its Imaging Nuggets offer quick, concise information on a variety of preservation areas, including digital media preservation and bit stream preservation.

Metadata for Preservation

CEDARS Project Document AIW01:
This document produced by The U.K. Office for Library and Information Networking acknowledges many of the issues involved with metadata preservation and provides information on some of the projects and initiatives under way to address them. Although the document is from 1998, conservationists may find the outline layout of the Standards, Formats, and Initiatives section (which includes a brief description, documentation, and metadata issues breakdown) very useful.
Digital Media Manifesto:
The Digital Media Manifesto explains the goals of the Digital Media Project, a nascent nonprofit organization that hopes to bring about the realization of a global digital media community. Designed as a collaboration among nonprofits, corporations, international organizations, and other interested parties, the Project hopes “to promote continuing successful development, deployment, and use of Digital Media that respect the right of creators and business players to exploit their works, the wish of end-users to fully enjoy the benefits of Digital Media technologies, and the interest of various value-chain players to provide products and services.” The Manifesto includes an outline of the Digital Media Project’s major actions, which include the deployment of broadband access and improving the development of and access to standards, in addition to the overall work plan of the project.
DPC Preservation Management of Digital Materials:
DPC is an organization addressing the preservation of digital resources in the United Kingdom. This site provides an online edition of the DPC handbook, Preservation Management of Digital Materials, and a list of pertinent events (predominantly in the United Kingdom and Europe) and links.
The Library of Congress publication Building a National Strategy for Digital Preservation is published online at
Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI):
Part of the National Library of Australia, PADI is dedicated to the preservation of and access to digital information. This thorough site is organized into two main areas. The first, Resource Types, includes event listings, preservation strategies, bibliographies, journals, and more. The second, Digital Preservation Topics, includes general resources, rights management, digitization, an extensive formats and media section, and more.
Preservation and Archival of Newmedia and Interactive Collections (PANIC):
This site documents PANIC’s goal of seeking new preservation methods for new media . In addition to case studies and an elaboration of the group’s objectives, it has a strong links section with a wealth of resources for new media preservation projects and information. Of particular interest is the PowerPoint presentation Preservation Of New Media Art (available as a PDF).
Rhizome is an online platform for the global new media art community. One of the only online organizations looking at the preservation of web-based art, Rhizome offers a web site with e-mail discussions as well as publications and news on the many areas of contemporary art. An article by Richard Rinehart, Preserving the Rhizome Art Base, outlines the steps of web-based preservation.
ViDe—Video Development Initiative:
The Video Development Initiative (ViDe) promotes the deployment of digital video for use in research and higher education, through the promotion and development of interoperable, standardized, and cost-effective technologies. ViDe was founded by representatives from universities and education networks. Its members today include organizations and individuals interested in improving and deploying scalable, standards-based digital video architecture and services. ViDe has recently cosponsored workshops and digital video projects with the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Internet2, the Coalition for Networked Information, and leading industry consortia.
WIRED—How to Preserve Digital Art:,1284,53712,00.html
This informative article features opinions from many of the sources listed on this web site. A good overview of what is happening in the field, with direct links to many of the key players.




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