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Medium-specific Links

The following list provides links to specific Internet resources organized by medium. Many organizations and web sites provide preservation resources for video, audio, film, and digital media; the following selective list is intended to point the reader to particularly robust medium-specific links. To browse through a list of comprehensive media preservation web sites, go to Media Preservation Web Sites.


AMIA Video Preservation Fact Sheet:
The Association of Moving Image Archivists focuses on archiving through acquisition, preservation, and exhibition. Its Video Preservation Fact Sheet offers useful information in almost all areas of video preservation, including estimating tape life, reformatting for preservation, tape cleaning, a selected bibliography, and a glossary.
Bay Area Video Coalition:
BAVC has produced an interactive DVD, Playback, which guides viewers through the technical practices of video preservation. The DVD contains sections called “Analog Video Basics,” “Preservation Case Study” (an example of a real-life preservation process), and the “Eternal Frame,” a video art piece about the assassination of J.F.K.
CoOl: Video Preservation:
A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, CoOl is a rich site of conservation/preservation information. Topics include audio materials, digital imaging, electronic materials, suppliers, and more. Links are grouped under the headings “Individuals & Organizations” and “Resources at Other Sites.” The Video Preservation page includes an overview, standards, and bibliographic links as well as format identification guides and digital video-specific links.
Danish Video Art Data Bank:
The Danish Video Art Data Bank is an extensive English-language site on video preservation organized almost like a book. In addition to case studies of preservation (for example, one on the work of Nam Jun Paik), priority planning, and passive or active damage prevention, the site includes an exploration of ethical issues in preservation, a discussion of the Guggenheim Variable Media Questionnaire, and an examination of the artist’s intent versus the archivist’s intent.
Digital Video Archives: Managing Through Metadata:
A detailed exploration of the ramifications of a growing digital video archive. Of particular interest is the analysis of different approaches to metadata (for example, the Dublin Core and SMPTE Metadata Dictionary). The report also offers the Infomedia Project at Carnegie Mellon University as a case study.
Experimental Television Center:
An ongoing research initiative of the Experimental Television Center, the Video History Project is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of video art and community television. The site includes Video Preservation—The Basics, which introduces the pertinent issues of preservation, from cleaning to storage to cataloging. The site also includes glossaries, a bibliography, and links to other organizations and sites of interest.
Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling:
This report, the result of a joint project of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the National Media Laboratory, provides exhaustive information on magnetic media, including its potential problems (e.g., binder degradation, particle instabilities, substrate deformation) and how to prevent them (through care and handling, proper storage conditions, standards, temperature, and humidity, etc.) It also has a direct link to the Ampex Guide to the Care and Handling of Magnetic Tape, as well as a bibliography and glossary.
Media Alliance:
Media Alliance, an independent media arts advocacy group of service organizations, began work in video preservation in the early 1990s and published the first comprehensive study of video preservation needs, called Video Preservation: Securing the Future of the Past. Current publications, including the Magnetic Media Preservation Sourcebook , are available through the Media Alliance web site.
Television/Video Preservation Study: Volume 1: Report:
A 1997 study primarily concerned with the preservation of television programs, but also video materials, this report includes a recommended national preservation plan



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