If you’re attending the Orphan Film Symposium, DPLAfest, or PBS TechCon over the next two weeks, it’s likely you’ll run into someone from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting! Members of our team will give presentations at each of these conferences, and we hope that you’ll plan on joining us at one or more of them!
Here’s a rundown of each presentation:
Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Preservation
Listening to New Histories of American Radio
Friday, April 8 at 11:30am
Alan Gevinson, Library of Congress Project Director for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, and Rachel Curtis, who serves as Digital Conversion Specialist, will discuss their collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media before it is lost to posterity. The project has digitized over 40,000 hours of programming selected by more than 100 public radio and television stations, making all content available on-site at the two institutions and thousands of hours available online. The collection includes national, regional, and local news and public affairs programs, productions documenting the heritage of local communities, and programs on education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion, and even local filmmaking. Gevinson will discuss the origins of the project, his team’s efforts to locate relevant holdings, and the logistical challenges of digitizing materials and managing online access. Rachel Curtis will discuss issues related to ingesting preservation files, working with technical metadata, and performing metadata clean-up. Rare recordings include The Evolution of Jazz, a pioneering 40-hour series from 1953 written and narrated by critic Nat Hentoff, produced by Northeastern University, and broadcast over the National Educational Radio Network; and a 1966 talk to Smith College students, broadcast over an educational radio network, by an 18th-century literature scholar who analyzes Beatles music using literary theory concepts.
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 13 – 15
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Born Digital: Lessons Learned from Phase I of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting Digitization Project
Thursday, April 14 at 1:30pm
How do you navigate the unexpected when your project is underway? Casey Davis, AAPB Project Manager at WGBH, Paul Klamer, Video Lab Supervisor for the Library of Congress, and Steve Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Crawford Media Services, will discuss the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a CPB-funded collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress, which has digitized 35,000 hours of analog material and ingested another 5,000 hours of born-digital material for access and preservation.
Managing the analog to digital workflows was reasonably straight-forward, but the ingestion of a relatively small number of born-digital files into systems presented unforeseen challenges. Simply put, files are different and come in many flavors, and a number of details not considered at the project onset created numerous workflow complexities. Processes included the development of an Asset Management System (AMS) to maintain asset records and identify file locations. Crawford Media Services managed migration workflows and coordinated the huge inventory of physical items shipped from stations around the country to their Atlanta facility, where they were digitized to project specifications. This session will discuss project successes—as well as challenges—and how they were managed. The audience will come away with details to consider when undertaking digitization initiatives of any size.
Library of Congress and National Archives and Records Administration
April 14th (LOC) and 15th (NARA)
Digital Collections Showcase #1
Friday, April 15 at 9:30am
Providing Access to Audiovisual Cultural Heritage through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
Karen Cariani, WGBH Project Director for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), and Alan Gevinson, Library of Congress Project Director for the AAPB, will discuss the AAPB, an unprecedented initiative to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media. Led by WGBH and The Library of Congress, the AAPB currently preserves 40,000 hours of digital content from nearly 100 stations across the U.S. Nearly 10,000 of these digitized programs have been made available in the AAPB Online Reading Room. The collection contains thousands of high quality regional and local programs documenting American communities during the last half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. This extraordinary collection includes local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of local communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion, and even filmmaking on a local level.