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MEP receives NEH grant to make archival civil rights footage accessible – The Media Ecology Project at Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College’s Media Ecology Project (MEP) has received Research and Development funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access office to build an accessible collection of newsfilm covering the civil rights movements of the 1950s-1980s. This research will be led by Prof. Mark Williams (Dartmouth Film & Media Studies), an expert in film and media studies, and Dr. John P. Bell (Dartmouth Research Information, Technology and Consulting), an expert on digital curation. Prof. Williams is the director of and Dr. Bell is the associate director for the Media Ecology Project at Dartmouth.

Newsfilm–often shot on site by local television news crews that only broadcast a fraction of what they recorded–is a largely untapped source that captured powerful moments throughout the emotionally-charged American civil rights era. The Accessible Civil Rights Heritage (ACRH) project will develop a test corpus of culturally significant American civil rights newsfilm compiled from moving image archives and regional historical societies across the U.S. ACRH will then explore new cataloging and access procedures that deliver high-quality, meaningful experiences to blind and visually impaired (BVI) users. Participating scholars include Jacqueline Stewart (U Chicago), Matthew Delmont (Dartmouth), and Desirée Garcia (Dartmouth). In addition, MEP will continue previous work with the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction Lab (VEMI Lab) at the University of Maine to assess adaptive technology.

Accessible delivery of online video is a challenge that higher education has struggled to meet, leading to thousands of hours of video instruction being taken offline because the schools that created it could not provide equal access to all users. BVI students in particular may have trouble fully understanding primary video sources because the text or audio descriptions associated with them rarely convey the full meaning and context of the images on screen. ACRH will study how to write video annotations that better describe the contents of evocative videos and create adaptive technology that supports playing back those annotations audibly. The resulting guidelines and technology will be published as an open resource that all schools, museums, and archives can use to make their own video collections more accessible to BVI users. ACRH is a follow up to an NEH-funded 2015 collaboration between MEP and VEMI Lab that resulted in the Semantic Annotation Tool (SAT), a plugin that web sites can use to annotate video that is compatible with screen reading software.
Dartmouth  College’s  Media  Ecology  Project  (MEP)  has  received  Research  and  Development  funding  from  the  National  Endowment  for  Humanities  Preservation  Access  office  to  build  an  accessible  collection  of  newsfilm  covering  civil  rights  movements  1950s-1980s.  This  will  be  led  by  Prof.  Mark  Williams  (Dartmouth  Film  &  Studies)  expert  in  studies  Dr.  John  P.  Bell  Information  Technology  Consulting)  on  digital  curation.  is  director  associate  at  Dartmouth.  Newsfilm–often  shot  site  local  television  news  crews  that  only  broadcast  a  fraction  what  they  recorded–is  largely  untapped  source  captured  powerful  moments  throughout  emotionally-charged  American  era.  Heritage  (ACRH)  develop  test  corpus  culturally  significant  compiled  moving  image  archives  regional  historical  societies  across  U.S.  ACRH  then  explore  new  cataloging  procedures  deliver  high-quality  meaningful  experiences  blind  visually  impaired  (BVI)  users.  Participating  scholars  include  Jacqueline  Stewart  (U  Chicago)  Matthew  Delmont  (Dartmouth)  Desir 
yesterday by jonippolito
Cool URIs don't change
“There are no reasons at all in theory for people to change URIs (or stop maintaining documents), but millions of reasons in practice.”
information  architecture  ia  urls  naming  data  preservation  theweb  links  linkrot  uri  tbl  web  server  filesystem  separation  concerns 
4 days ago by adriancooke
Preservation Acts
Toward an ethical archive of the web.
preservation  archiving  ethics  articles 
5 days ago by mikael
Sustaining DH Workshop
The ongoing sustainability of digital humanities projects is of critical concern to archivists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners alike. This NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, which will take place at five locations scattered across the United States, is designed to help such professionals create sustainability plans and address preservation concerns at any point in the life of a digital humanities project.

Oklahoma State University
Workshop Date: February 28-March 1, 2019
Call for Regional Participation Released: January 7, 2019
Deadline for Applications: January 24, 2019
Date of Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2019
Bursaries: Up to $1,000 available to cover travel and lodging for each out-of-town participant.
dh  workshop  preservation 
6 days ago by asandersgarcia
Digitally Archive and Share Historical Photographs, Documents, Audio Recordings
Digital copies of historical photographs, documents, and audio recordings are the best way to both share and preserve historical items. Handling and displaying the original items cause wear and degradation. However, the items cannot be shared if they are protected from all degradation. Good digital copies allow unlimited sharing while also preserving the original items.
One major goal of this book is to encourage people to begin collecting and archiving photographs, documents, and recordings with readily available, inexpensive technology. The costs and benefits of using more expensive technology are described, as well as guidance on how and when less expensive technology is adequate. The methods for effective use of digital technology are described for both inexpensive and expensive options.
photo  archiving  preservation  scanning 
6 days ago by euler
The Aura of Materiality: Digital Surrogacy and the Preservation of Photographic Archives | Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America: Vol 36, No 1
Through a discussion of the materiality of photographic documents and the inherent qualities of digital objects, this article examines the viability of digitization as a method of archival photographic preservation. By exploring notions of surrogacy, originality, and aura, the author presents and deconstructs the popular argument that digital versions of material photographs preserve a representation of the object’s content rather than a reproduction of its material form. The process of digitization therefore brings forth a wholly new object into existence. The author’s argument against this common perception is that, rather than eliminating the material evidence of the object’s existence, the digitization of these materials and the subsequent dissemination of photographic surrogates enhances those material qualities that are not inherently represented in the digital object.
academic  preservation  digitization  digitalpreservation  archives  photography  art  journalarticle 
6 days ago by geephroh
'Personal Digital Preservation: Photographs and Video' by Richard Wright - Digital Preservation Coalition
My purpose in this case note is to add the gory detail about digital photos and video, giving a one-person case study. I say exactly what software and processes I use (and which ones I've considered but rejected, or used and discarded), and try to be frank about successes and failures.
preservation  digital-asset-management 
6 days ago by spl
Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR)
COPTR describes tools useful for long term digital preservation. It primarily acts as a finding and evaluation tool to help practitioners discover the tools they need to perform particular preservation tasks. COPTR is collating the knowledge of the digital preservation community on preservation tools in one place. Instead of organisations competing against each other with their own registries, COPTR is bringing them together. In doing so it's objective is to provide the best resource for practit...
preservation  digital-asset-management 
6 days ago by spl
Digital Preservation Coalition
We enable our members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. We achieve our aims through advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, good practice and good governance.
preservation  digital-asset-management 
6 days ago by spl
The Archivists of Extinction | Kate Wagner
What drives these anonymous sharers to take hundreds of thousands of photographs of architecture ranging from Kmart to brutalism? It’s not some self-ennobling attempt to elevate their own standing or taste; it’s more a collective feeling of loss. In expressing this loss, they’re facing up to a fact about architecture that is too often ignored: most of us do not have the power to materially change or preserve the built environment. And though individual architects and preservationists often lurk any forum in which buildings are the topic of discussion, they, as individuals, share in this common lack of power. What’s more, those architectural professionals often understand something their respective institutions fail to grasp: that no building, even one designed by a celebrated architects, or added to the National Register, is safe any longer from the mercilessness of capital. In this scenario of the populist “us” versus “them,” the “us” is, well, us—and the image of the world we’ve constructed for ourselves. The “them” is capitalism.
architecture  culturalheritage  preservation  history  capitalism  urbandesign 
18 days ago by johans

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