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- Archives Association of British Columbia—Archivist’s
- 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): www.nrfta.org.uk/nrfta/preservation.html
- 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
- 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 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: www.screensound.gov.au/screensound/screenso.nsf
- 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 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: www.videoart.suite.dk/
- This major site for video art in Denmark includes important
links to The
Danish Video Art Data Bank
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.