Earlier this month, the AAPB team traveled to beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia to attend the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference. AAPB team members Karen Cariani, Casey Davis, Lauren Sorensen, and Sadie Roosa gave multiple presentations and coordinated events throughout the conference, including Karen’s presentation on WGBH’s new open-source digital repository, HydraDAM; Lauren Sorensen’s Github 101 presentation and her coordination of the annual DLF/AMIA AV Hack Day; Casey’s presentation and committee updates on the work of the AMIA PBCore Advisory Subcommittee; and Sadie’s leadership and coordination of the AMIA News, Documentary, and Television Committee meeting. And on the last day of the conference, Karen, Lauren, and Casey — along with AAPB participants Margaret Bresnahan from Minnesota Public Radio and Nadia Ghasedi from Washington University’s Film and Media Archive — gave a presentation on the progress of the AAPB initiative.
Karen, AAPB Project Director at WGBH, kicked off the presentation by providing an overview of the current grant project’s goals and timeline, as well as goals for the future of the AAPB initiative.
Casey, AAPB Project Manager at WGBH, followed Karen’s presentation by giving an update on the efforts to date at WGBH, including the near conclusion of the digitization project; WGBH’s experience of digital media failure when contributing WGBH files to the AAPB; challenges regarding the submission of digital files from other stations; outreach; PBCore efforts; navigating issues regarding access to the collection; and project proposals.
Lauren, Digital Conversion Specialist for the AAPB at the Library of Congress, then discussed the AAPB work happening at the LOC. Lauren explained collaborations with WGBH on improving metadata and cataloging; PREMIS modeling for preservation metadata at the LOC; mapping PBCore to LOC’s MAVIS system; and the development of a preservation plan.
Then, Margaret Bresnahan (MPR) and Nadia Ghasedi (Washington University) described their experiences as an AAPB contributing institution, including MPR’s participation in the Content Inventory, Digitization, and Born-Digital phases of the initiative, and Washington University’s participation in the Born-Digital phase of the initiative as an academic institution.
The team received excellent feedback from the audience and from AMIA members throughout the conference, and we look forward to sharing more updates on the project at next year’s conference in Portland, Oregon!