PSN Europe: An investigation into the world of digitising and archiving

PSN Europe: An investigation into the world of digitising and archiving. “PSNEurope’s Marc Maes takes a deep dive into the world of audiovisual digitising and archiving by investigating the workings of VIAA, the Flemish Institute for Archiving, on its expansive, 12 million euro digitisation project, as well as the French-speaking RTBF and the leading Memnon Archiving services…”

NPR: Videotapes Are Becoming Unwatchable As Archivists Work To Save Them

NPR: Videotapes Are Becoming Unwatchable As Archivists Work To Save Them. “[Mary] Kidd and the others are archivists and preservationists, and they’re part of a group called XFR Collective (pronounced Transfer Collective). Most work professionally, but they volunteer their free time to do this. And while the mood is light, there is a sense of a deadline…. That’s because research suggests that tapes like this aren’t going to live beyond 15 to 20 years. Some call this the ‘magnetic media crisis,’ and archivists, preservationists, and librarians like the ones in the XFR Collective are trying to reverse it.”

Internet Archive: Dreaming of Semantic Audio Restoration at a Massive Scale

The Internet Archive: Dreaming of Semantic Audio Restoration at a Massive Scale. “The Great 78 Project will collect and digitize over 400,000 digitized 78rpm recordings to make them publicly available, creating a rich data set to do large scale analysis. These transfers are being done with four different styli shapes and sizes at the same time, and all recorded at 96KHz/24bit lossless samples, and in stereo (even though the records are in mono, this provides more information about the contours of the groove). This means each groove has 8 different high-resolution representations of every 11 microns. Furthermore, there are often multiple copies of the same recording that would have been stamped and used differently. So, modeling the wear on the record and using that to reconstruct what would have been on the master may be possible.”

Motherboard: The Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old Discs

Motherboard: The Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old Discs. “Often, it looks like a coffee stain—a noticeable discoloration that for whatever reason you can’t get rid of. Sometimes, it looks like tiny pin pricks on the surface of a compact disc. And there are other times when the whole thing changes color. In any case, when you run into what’s known as disc rot, you’re out a great album or an interesting movie.”

LOC Guest Post: Lots of Transfer Collectives Keep Cultural Memory Safe: The Importance of Community Audio/Visual Archiving

Great guest post from the Library of Congress blog: Lots of Transfer Collectives Keep Cultural Memory Safe: The Importance of Community Audio/Visual Archiving. “This year, XFR Collective is expanding its efforts to develop and make available a reproducible community archiving training and access model. We recognize that XFR’s resources alone will not be enough to provide low-cost services to all those in possession of potentially deteriorating media that falls outside of the attention of large collecting institutions. The model we are developing will be constructed in a way that enables individuals and groups with little-to-no technical or archival expertise to easily understand core principles behind audio/visual transfer technology, determine a preservation strategy within their own means and implement it quickly.”

MakeUseOf: Capture Streaming Video From Any Website With These 5 Tools

MakeUseOf: Capture Streaming Video From Any Website With These 5 Tools. “A majority of today’s internet traffic consists of streamed video. YouTube alone accounts for a big chunk of that. Over 400 hours of content uploaded every minute, an average of 40 minutes watched per session, and greater reach in the 18–49 demographic than cable TV. And then you have to consider other video streaming sites like Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vine, Twitch, etc. That’s a lot of data flowing around.”