NDSA Innovation Award

I am very pleased to be the recipient of the National Digital Stewardship Innovation Award 2012.  I would like to thank all my students who have participated in these digital preservation projects.  I would also like to thank all the organizations and individuals that have opened their doors to me and my classes, including:

The Dalton School
The Lesbian Herstory Archives
Archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs
Barbara Newman

Thank you again.

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.


Spring 2012 Courses

This Spring I will be teaching two sections of Projects in Digital Archives, and one section of Digital Libraries. Here are some of what we will be doing this semester:

Projects in Digital Archives, Fridays (Download Syllabus)
In this course, we will be working with the The Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (aka AFS Archives). AFS can trace its origins to 1914 shortly after the outbreak of World War I, when young Americans living in Paris volunteered as ambulance drivers at the American Hospital of Paris. During the Second World War, AFS ambulance drivers were one of the earliest responders to the atrocities inflicted by Nazi Germany.

Projects in Digital Archives, Mondays (Download Syllabus)
In this class we will be working with dance critic Barbara Newman to create an audio archive of the interviews from her book, Striking a Balance.). This archive includes interviews from notable members of the dance community such as Peter Martins (Ballet Master in Chief, NYC Ballet) and Tanaquil LeClercq (wife of George Balanchine and NYC Ballet). In engaging with this project, we will consider the more substantive issues of how to archive dance in the digital era, a form of performance particularly prone to loss.

Digital Libraries (Download Syllabus)
Members of the class will work on designing a new digital library project (something that does not exist), or choose to work on a project that has already been started (to varying degrees) but needs further work. Groups that we will be working with include The Dalton School, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Pratt SILS LMS Program.