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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: www.amianet.org/publication/resources/guidelines/videofacts/about.html
- 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: www.bavc.org
- 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: palimpsest.stanford.edu/bytopic/video/
- 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: www.mediaart-preservation.dk
- 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: www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/index.html
- 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
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: www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub54/
- 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
- Media Alliance: www.mediaalliance.org
- 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