Digital audio and video permeate every aspect of our social experience - capturing familial memories, communicating news, documenting civil rights abuses, and weaponizing political campaigns. To many individuals, archiving is a mystery. To many organizations, it is a challenge. Born digital audiovisual collections are increasingly at risk of loss due to rapid format obsolescence, proliferation of content without sufficient preservation planning, and popular software-as-a-service archiving models limiting the public's knowledge and participation in the archiving process.
Three fundamental questions will be addressed: What constitutes an archive of born digital AV? How can a person or small organization curate and steward a born digital AV collection for preservation and access? How can archiving born digital AV be practical, efficient, and cost-effective? The workshop curriculum will include characteristics of born digital AV, how methods of generating born digital AV influence archiving, efficient and practical digital tools, preservation strategies for retention and access, and ethics and privacy.
Tools and services that will be covered or referenced include but are not limited to VLC, QuickTime, iTunes, Windows Media Player, MediaInfo, Handbrake, MPEG Streamclip, FFMPEG, Adobe Media Encoder, Exact Audio Copy, VOB2mpeg, Guymager, Forensic Toolkit, IsoBuster, Toast, cloud-based archiving services, and online video platforms for access.
Instructors will support Mac/PC attendees.
About the Presenters
Stefan Elnabli is UC San Diego Library's Media Curation Librarian and digital reformatting operations supervisor, providing strategic direction in the Library's development, management, and preservation of moving image collections. Elnabli's engagement with visual culture spans the areas of cinema studies, archival preservation, and film programming/projection. His past appointments include positions with WNET Channel 13 Digital Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Doc Films at the University of Chicago, and preservation units within major university libraries including New York University, Stanford University, and Northwestern University. Elnabli holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University.
Annalise Berdini is UC San Diego Library’s Digital Archivist, providing library-wide expertise on workflows, tools, and best practices to support the management and preservation of born-digital content. She previously served as Manuscripts/Archives Processor for Special Collections and Archives at UCSD, Project Assistant and Processor for the PACSCL/CLIR Hidden Collections Project in Philadelphia, and worked on the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.