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Archives Association of British Columbia—Archivist’s Toolkit: _and_emergency_planning.html
This site includes links to international sites such as the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Koreno of New Zealand, and Ontario Museum Notes, which generally outline preservation policies and discuss format issues. It also has good links to general preservation sites (some included on IMAP site), including CoOl, Image Permanence Institute, and Vidipax, as well as links to preservation leaflets from other sources (NARA and LOC, among others), standards organizations, and conservation catalogs.
Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC):
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.
Film and Video Preservation at NRFTA (Northern Region Film and Television Archive):
The core activity of the NRFTA is ensuring the collection, preservation, and accessibility of moving images related to the areas of County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tees Valley, and Tyne and Wear in the United Kingdom. The site provides brief descriptions of preservation concerns and degradation issues associated with film, video, and digital media. The NRFTA preservation policy, contains interesting cataloging/assessment guidelines. The site also includes a good links page.
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. Digital Preservation Topics includes general resources, rights management, digitization, and an extensive formats and media section covering the preservation of audio and audiovisual material, e-mail, networked digital material, physical format digital material, and more. The site also has a comprehensive list of links to glossaries that contain terms relevant to digital information.
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA):
IASA was established in 1969 to foster international cooperation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. IASA supports the exchange of information within all fields, especially in the areas of acquisition and exchange; documentation and metadata; resource discovery and access; copyright and ethics; conservation and preservation; and research and publication.
International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF):
Founded in Paris in 1938, FIAF is a collaborative association of the world's leading film archives, whose purpose is to ensure the proper preservation and presentation of motion pictures. Today, more than 120 FIAF archives in over 65 countries collect, restore, and exhibit films and cinema documentation spanning the entire history of film.
International Federation of Television Archives (FIAF/IFTA):
FIAT/IFTA is an international professional association established to provide a means for cooperation among broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries concerned with the collection, preservation, and exploitation of moving-image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation.
ScreenSound Australia:
The National Screen and Sound Archive of Australia (part of the Australian Film Commission) provides information on and access to film, television, radio, recorded sound, and more, as well as an online collection database. This site has information on storage options and basic issues of preservation. ScreenSound also has academic and educational outreach programs. Their technical glossary contains over 640 common audiovisual terms, and The ScreenSound Australia Film Preservation Handbook is an extensive on-line resource.
South East Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA):
SEAPAVAA aims to provide a regional forum for addressing common issues and concerns related to the collection, preservation, and accessibility of the audiovisual heritage of member countries in the South East Asia–Pacific region.
Video Art Denmark:
This major site for video art in Denmark includes important links to The Danish Video Art Data Bank and Video Art/e-monitor. 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. Video Art/e-monitor is the online newsletter of the Danish Video Art Data Bank and offers information and news about the international video art world. Issues 9 through 13 deal specifically with video preservation.


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