Category Archive: Preservation

File Naming in the Digital Age

File Naming in the Digital Age by Dean Rehberger and Brendan Coates Librarians and Archivists know well the importance of consistent file naming.  When dealing with thousands (if not millions) of digital objects, having names that are both machine and human readable can keep a world close to chaos, stable and usable. However, many of …

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Noise Reduction and Restoration for Oral History

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Case Study: Noise Reduction and Restoration for Oral History–The Stars of Ballymenone by Doug Boyd I am going to talk about a powerful example of using noise reduction tools for oral history, merging technology and tradition. First, some background.  Ballymenone is a district located in the north of Ireland in County Fermanagh. In 1972 it …

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Transcripts, Time-Coding, and You

Case Study: Transcripts, Time-Coding, and You by Michael Sesling Director, Audio Transcription Center In full disclosure, we’re a transcription service that’s been in business for 46 years, and we specialize in academic level oral history transcription. As the Director of the Audio Transcription Center, I am routinely in meetings with Sandy Poritzky, the owner who …

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Curating Tribal Collections

Case Study: Curating Tribal Collections by Elizabeth Lowman and Robin Kilgo Collections with cultural sensitivities face many problems with the decisions surrounding dissemination and curation. With tribal collections, the content is culturally sensitive for many reasons, which will be covered in this essay. Some tribal collections are in the unique position to be considered proprietary; …

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Born Digital Accession Workflow

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Case Study: Born Digital Accession Workflow: The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries by Doug Boyd and Sara Abdmishani Price The accessioning process for born digital material has grown much more complex than with the analog process.  No longer are we accessioning a homogenous format such as the audio cassette.  …

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Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough?

Case Study: Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough?  Digital Video Preservation in the Age of Declining Budgets by Doug Boyd Digital video is a very large, complex and expensive format to curate on a large scale with no codified professional standards for preservation. This case study explores the efforts of the Louie B. Nunn …

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The Digital Mortgage

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The Digital Mortgage: Digital Preservation of Oral History by Doug Boyd From the moment an interviewer presses the record button on an audio or video recorder, the interviewer becomes the curator or caretaker of a precious and fragile unique item. Ideally, at the moment of creation, the digital file has begun its journey from the …

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Shifting Paradigm-Intellectual Property Issues

A Shifting Paradigm: Intellectual Property Issues for Oral History in the Digital Age by Sheldon Halpern With binary coding, electrons as messengers, and the hard-fought mathematical adaptation necessary for control, we can now do almost everything in regard to information…. And because potential has always been the overlord of will, and as the new machines …

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Digital Video Preservation and Oral History

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Digital Video Preservation and Oral History by Kara Van Malssen Preserving digital video requires addressing the entire life cycle of the content, from pre-production, to capture, edit, archiving, and providing access. Decisions made at the point of creation have implications for the other stages down the road. It is important to understand these implications and …

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Preservation of Analog Video through Digitization

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The Preservation of Analog Video through Digitization by Scott Pennington and Dean Rehberger For many of us, having videotape on the shelf seems like a good way for us to preserve our oral histories.  Tapes are tangible.  Unlike the seeming gossamer quality of digital files, VHS tapes seem to have solidity — we can hold them …

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