From the Cowbird make over: Today, it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to the new Cowbird — simpler, faster, more minimal, more essential, and, we think, even more beautiful. … But what we’re most excited about is handwriting — a simple way for you to turn your own handwriting into a font, and use it in your stories.
‘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.
Their latest edition is dedicated to ‘visualising the archive’, good collection of the usual suspects (Drucker, Kirschenbaum, Nowviskie, Schreibman, Rockwell, Sinclair is the A list, with Manovich popping up too). Useful as quick taster of how the digital humanities mob are thinking about archives and visualisation.
Straight email dump: From: Daniel Pitti Subject: Public release of IATH’s Social Networks and Archival Context Project I hope some of you will be interested in the early research and development results of the Social Networks and Archival Context project. … Direct access to the prototype system and a detailed description of project work to date may be found at http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/prototype.html Additional information about the SNAC Project may be found at http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/ Please feel free to share this information with colleagues who may be interested.
And Google or someone will do something to let you know that what you’re doing needs to be, well, clever, to matter. … Choose a gallery, choose a painting, zoom.
While our project is not really about this, after all the video material is not so much research data in the usual sense but a combination of archival and media artefacts, the broader issues around data maintenance, cost, and maintenance are important as we are generating a lot of files, and storing and delivering them costs money. The link is directly to the pdf: http://www.beagrie.com/KeepingResearchDataSafe_UserGuide_v1_Dec2010.pdf
While we are not really into taxonomies in a formal way for this project, apart from what is being produced in the formal digitisation of video, getting a handle on what they are, their relevant contexts and the like is useful. Those who come from disciplines and professions that rely on taxonomies often talk a different episteme to those that come from what I’d think of as the new/social/internet media disciplines and practices.
Blog that has pretty good documentation and collection of material that came out of the Reimagining the Archive Symposium held recently at UCLA.
Compression software estimates that 1 hour of video = 880MB Clip Two Video: H.264, 24 frames per second, automatic (natural) keyframes, data rate restricted to 1000 kbits/sec and multipass encoding enabled. 720 x 405 pixels (16:9) Audio: MPEG4 Low Delay AAC, 48.00 kHz. … Compression software estimates that 1 hour of video = 439MB Clip Three Video: H.264, 24 frames per second, automatic (natural) keyframes, data rate restricted to 800 kbits/sec and multipass encoding enabled. 360 x 202 pixels (16:9) Audio: MPEG4 Low Delay AAC, 48.000 kHz.
arts-humanities.net – Another key resource for the digital humanities, with links to many projects searchable via ‘methods’ and ‘tools’. There are many connections with what we are doing, and it is well worth checking out in more detail. This, from the website, gives some idea of the breadth of what it covers: Method Categories * Communication and collaboration Ways of… Read more →