I am teaching a new course this semester called Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving. We will first cover the issues around the transition from film to digital, starting with a screening of Side by Side at the Quad Cinema. We will then swing into issues related to converting video and sound, since we will be working on creating two archives that make use of this medium. We’ll also cover issues like metadata, file formats, digital rights, film preservation, and cases of digitization.
I will also be teaching two sections of Projects in Digital Archives, where will be working again with the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Download the Course Syllabi:
LIS 697-12 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving
LIS 665-01 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 665-02 Projects in Digital Archives
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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