Inside Higher Education: A Race Against Time to Preserve University Media Collections

Inside Higher Education: A Race Against Time to Preserve University Media Collections. “In the basements and back rooms of universities across the country, boxes and boxes of video and audio tapes, discs and film reels sit rotting, their content slowly being permanently lost instead of saved for posterity. For institutions tasked not only with creating knowledge, but also preserving it, this is a big problem. Digitizing and preserving this so-called time-based media requires specialized equipment, skilled engineers and a lot of cash — resources that many institutions simply don’t have to spare.”