Hot off the email: Archives 2.0 – Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future: Save the Date! National Media Museum, Bradford, United Kingdom 25 & 26 November 2014 Later this year, the National Media Museum will be hosting a two-day conference on the strategic acquisition and management of archives by cultural institutions.This event will bring together a number of key practitioners… Read more →
This missed the cut in the edit of a book chapter for an anthology the project team is working on. Thought it ought to appear somewhere as vaguely useful to what this project has done. The Circus Oz Living Archive research team have had innumerable, and significant, discussions about content and curation — the very stuff of the archive —… Read more →
It is a methodological field, not an algorithmic process (for those that recognise it, this is from Barthes’ “From Work to Text” as a nod to the importance of grand theory to my own work) which means that it lies between the sorts of new practices that emerge when we apply novel digital techniques to things that can be treated as data using what I’d like to think of as more traditional propositions.
…Finally the more recent decline might reflect the move to a completely digital mode where, to begin with, it was trivial to record a lot (and we all did) but then storage of non–tape media (we could call it non physical but that isn’t really accurate) on hard drives was informal and may have been stored willy nilly then erased, lost, forgotten, deleted and otherwise and indirectly treated as emphemeral.
Fascinating presentation by David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London Corporation about how marginalia shifts something that is more or less anonymous (my words) into an artefact of value. (Reminds me of an old project by computer scientist and ethnographer Cathy Marshall where she made a prototype annotation program for a laptop, her method involved buying heavily annotated second hand editions of text books at university book stores, and interviewing their purchasers, to model existing annotation practices.
Very basically they built their own hardware and software to sell books, realised that what they made others would like to use, that they had a lot of it and so could offer this cheaply, and so sold it. … Offer it for sale, scale it up, and then let anyone who uses this (if they wish) use an ‘elastic’ service that automatically grows to cope with surges (e.g. a sale) and then goes back to normal the rest of the time.
Pearltrees , bookmark things you like, it makes links between what you curate (the ‘pearls’) – unlike, say, Pinterest which is more like a big flat album – it recognises a visual scale as you can move in and out of your pearl trees, it talks to Twitter and Facebook (both ways), and you can share your pearls and trees with others. … It lets me curate into my stuff things that others have found.
Then there’s the EN 15907 metadata standard for Cinematographic works , though I don’t think the project is about cinematographic works so much as records of performance (the ‘thing’ to be archived is an audiovisual record of a performance, not a videographic work or artefact). … An OWL implementation of CIDOC-CRM is developed at the Friedrich- Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in cooperation with several other institutions: http://erlangen-crm.org/ Deena Engel (New York University): With respect to capturing metadata on time-based media, you might find both information and community through the Electronic Media Group wiki of the American Institute for conservation of Historic and Artistic Works ( http://www.conservation-wiki.com/index.php?
It turns out there is no extant taxonomy for circus performance (it is not my area at all so I don’t even know if such a thing exists formally anywhere in the performing arts), and so we have started to make one. … Then we worked through what this meant, which was that this was an expert taxonomy and not really how you and I would begin to find a particular act in an archive of circus performance (after all, until I visited Wikipedia, I had no idea what ” tissu ” was in circus).
‘Building a National Strategy for Digital Preservation: Issues in Digital Media Archiving’ http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub106/video.html [accessed 27 May 2011]. … The second doesn’t have much information, and is more about archiving language, not video, but that is useful as the issues then are not artefact based, which is relevant to the problems we are investigating and facing.
I wanted to put something up here about the project in general, to give new visitors to the site a bit of an overview of what we’re doing. Â I remembered David Carlin’s recent article ‘Narrative of our project at a point near its commencement’, and have cut and pasted bits of it here. Â The well written bits are by David,… Read more →