A Digital Dark Age for Independent Documentaries?

All independent documentary fans interested in the long-term availability of the medium should be concerned by a recent report from the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The report—called the Digital Dilemma 2 (DD2)—extensively investigates the preservation practices of independent filmmakers and documentarians. The results indicate that many films—both born-digital works and those produced on analog formats such as film—face a series of challenges that may diminish their future accessibility. This blog post will highlight some of these challenges, and offer some thoughts on how the field can move forward.

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Presenting at the iConference

I’m presenting a poster this week with my colleague Debbie Rabina at the iConference 2012 in Toronto. Here is a brief snippet from the introdution:

The aim of this research project is to uncover if place-based learning can increase learner engagement and understanding of historical topics. To study this, learners will use GeoStoryteller to learn about a historical topic on the places where those events occurred, and then be interviewed by the researchers. GeoStoryteller is a tool developed by the researchers that runs on smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone. It provides the user multimedia stories about the historical sites, delivered via the mobile web or through Layar, an augmented reality web browser.

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