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In Search of the Last Great Video Store
A few months back, I had a very specific movie craving — I wanted to watch FRESH HORSES, a 1988 romantic drama most notable for reteaming Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy after PRETTY IN PINK.
p:The-Black-List-Blog  film  digital-media  f:article  a:Kate-Hagen  archival 
6 weeks ago by andrewjbates
An archive of 489,506 Irish abortion tweets from the period around the 8th referendum in Ireland
ireland  history  analytics  archives  archival  repealthe8th 
10 weeks ago by jm
Archiving the 8th
'archiving & collecting the 2018 referendum':
This site was set up as a voluntary effort to answer some of these questions, and to quickly compile information on all known archiving and collecting activities happening nationwide, on both sides of the referendum campaign. It’s still very much a work in progress but the aspirations include:

to provide an immediate, temporary resource to consolidate information on who’s archiving the 8th, and offer contact details
share resources and suggestions, particularly for people wishing to donate material
identify potential gaps or opportunities in collecting
support networking of folks around the country engaged in archiving the 8th
share models of protocols and examples of other ‘rapid response’ collecting elsewhere
repealthe8th  history  archives  archival  2018  referenda 
11 weeks ago by jm
How to Store Vinyl Records Like An Archivist - Discogs Blog
Find the proper, recommended, government-approved guidelines for how to store vinyl records as recommended by the Library of Congress.
archival  archiving  vinyl  storage 
12 weeks ago by rdump
Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted With Our History
the internet is messing with human cognition in ways that will take decades to fully understand. Some researchers believe it is altering the way we create memories. In one study, researchers told a group of people to copy a list of facts onto a computer. They told half the group that the facts would be saved when they finished and the other half that the facts would be erased. Those who thought that the facts would be saved were much worse at remembering them afterward. Instead of relying on our friends and neighbors — or on books, for that matter — we have started outsourcing our memories to the internet.

So what happens if those memories are erased — and if the very platforms responsible for their storage are the ones doing the erasing? That scenario is a threat everywhere, but particularly in countries where the authorities are most aggressively controlling speech and editing history. We say the internet never forgets, but internet freedom isn’t evenly distributed: When tech companies have expanded into parts of the world where information suppression is the norm, they have proven willing to work with local censors.
Those censors will be emboldened by new efforts at platform regulation in the US and Europe, just as authoritarian regimes have already enthusiastically repurposed the rhetoric of “fake news.”

The reach and power of tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are so new and strange that we’ve barely begun formulating a response. But we can learn from the activists already doing it; from Mosireen, or the team behind the Syrian Archive — six people, with a budget of $96,000, who are preserving thousands of hours of footage from their country’s civil war. The archive recently published the Chemical Weapons Database, documenting 221 chemical weapons attacks with 861 verified videos, implicating the Assad regime in a pattern of war crimes and putting the lie to armchair investigators helping to propagate conspiracy theories in the West. One of its cofounders recently told the Intercept that he spends nearly all his time making sure videos aren’t deleted from the big tech platforms before he gets a chance to download them.
censorship  syria  chemical-weapons  assad  history  youtube  video  archival  mosireen  the-syrian-archive  archives  memory  facebook 
may 2018 by jm
The Joy Reid fight reinforces how critical the Internet Archive is to modern politics - The Washington Post
What the Wayback Machine provides, in essence, is a third-party archiving service that largely escapes the influence of the content creators. If you publish a blog on a blogging platform (or a tweet on Twitter, etc.), you still have the power to go in and remove or alter what you’ve written. The Wayback Machine makes it much more difficult to cover your tracks, should you wish to. As more people who grew up creating content for the Web enter positions of authority in media and politics, that archive becomes more important.

If the Wayback Machine hadn’t indexed Reid’s site, her words might have been lost. Or if someone had stumbled onto her old blog post, her expert’s argument that the post was fraudulent in some way might carry more weight. But with that index timestamped more than a decade ago, the argument is substantially undercut.

Reid’s blog, though, is not currently available on the Wayback Machine. Her old blog updated the file on its server telling automated systems what can and can’t be indexed, a set of instructions that the Wayback Machine’s system respects as it gathers information from around the Web. By changing that file, Reid’s team essentially pulled a curtain down on her past writing.
internet-archive  archival  history  joy-reid  web  blogging  wayback-machine  robots.txt 
april 2018 by jm
Sometimes you find the coolest treasures where you least expect them.

Read more about this document and…
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february 2018 by AramZS
The Middle Shore
Hyperrhiz Electric, our longform imprint with Punctum Books. The Middle Shore, eds. Lara Farina and Katherine Richards, is a multimedia edited collection by medievalist beachcombers (yes, really!).
Publishing  Archival  WebDesign 
february 2018 by didgebaba
The Ira Cohen Archive | Granary Books
Ira Cohen: The Bardo Matrix, Gnaoua, and The Great Society
featuring Angus MacLise, Jack Smith, and Piero Heliczer. An archive of manuscripts, correspondence, artwork, photographs, production materials, and other documents primarily related to Ira Cohen’s publishing ventures in Tangier and Kathmandu in the 1960s and 1970s, offering a unique glimpse into the workings of a psychedelic expatriate community of poets, musicians and artists.
Archival  BeatGeneration  Burroughs  Psychedelia  Cutups  CulturalStudies 
december 2017 by didgebaba
Advances in Archival Mounting and Storage — LODIMA
But in recent years, the U.S. National Bureau of Standards found that this is not the case. They have discovered that pollutants other than acids readily pass through 100% all-rag, acid-free board, whether alkaline buffered or not, causing severe damage to the paper or artwork mounted on them. They found that while acids that either migrate to, or arise from within the storage container as a by-product of deterioration, are neutralized when they come in contact with the alkaline buffer, highly reactive oxidative gases such as ozone and peroxides, and pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, which do not become sulfuric or nitric acid until they combine with oxygen and water, are not neutralized by ordinary archival papers and boards.

BH: MicroChamber™ boards and papers contain various molecular traps and alkaline buffers. Typically, the boxboards contain both activated carbon and a specialized molecular sieve we developed specifically for these products. The MicroChamber™ products themselves actively trap pollutants.
photography  archival  advice  printing  smithsonian 
december 2017 by bwiese
f11 magazine interview with Michael Smith
MAS: We use Kodak SuperXX film. It was
discontinued in 1994. Since it was the best film
Kodak ever made - it is all straight line, with little
toe and shoulder - we purchased all that
remained. We had no money to do so, and used
credit cards to make the purchase. It took us
over five years to pay off the $85,000. Then we
had to build a 14-foot by 8-foot freezer in which
to store it.
We made all of our prints on Kodak Azo paper,
the last of the silver chloride papers, until it was
discontinued. Silver chloride papers have an
entirely different quality from enlarging papers
- there is a longer and smoother gray scale and
the paper has deeper black tones. When Azo was
discontinued we spent over five years of R&D
and finally had another silver chloride paper
made, which we named Lodima, after our
publishing company, Lodima Press. “Lodima” is
Amidol spelled backwards. Amidol is the print
developer we use. We sell Lodima paper to
photographers all over the world (including a few
photographers in NZ) who make contact prints.
Silver chloride paper is of a slow speed and is not

Materials: We dry mount all of the prints we
make in the darkroom. While doing research
for an article I wrote, Advances in Archival
Mounting and Storage: Ultimate Protection for
your Photographs, I learned that dry mounting
prints gives them a layer of protection from
pre-acidic gases, and that dry mounted prints,
when mounted on ArtCareTM board will last
longer than if they were not dry mounted. See
my article here. As a result of our own need for
immense quantities of this board, we ended up
becoming suppliers of this board to the
photography community and we call our
company Lodima Archival Materials.
contactprint  largeformat  amidol  lodima  drymount  archival 
december 2017 by bwiese

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