When the Worst Happens: On long and short-term disasters and their impact on preservation thinking

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Keynote presentation delivered at Screening the Future 2013 (#stfcon) at the Tate Modern in London, May 8, 2013.

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When the Worst Happens: On long and short-term disasters and their impact on preservation thinking

  1. 1. WHEN THE WORST HAPPENSON LONG AND SHORT-TERM DISASTERS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PRESERVATION THINKINGKara Van MalssenAudioVisual Preservation SolutionsScreening the Future8 May 2013
  2. 2. by MTAPhotos via Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mtaphotos/8149552042/
  3. 3. by David Shankbone via Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/shankbone/8145644147/
  4. 4. credit: Justin Lane/EPAhttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-live-updates-2/
  5. 5. [Video removed to reduce file size. Watch it here:http://vimeo.com/53849333]
  6. 6. JONATHAN MINARD
  7. 7. HOT OFF THE PRESS!http://bit.ly/11F3vuO
  8. 8. THE VERGEHYPERALLERGICO’REILLY RADARBRIAN LEHRERWALL ST JOURNALhttp://hyperallergic.com/60598/eyebeam-hurricane-sandy-flooding/http://bit.ly/107CX8phttp://radar.oreilly.com/2013/01/eyebeam-update-two-months-after-sandy.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14F3Azvodbwhttp://on.wsj.com/11HibcS
  9. 9. http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/15/3876790/eyebeam-hurricane-sandy-digital-archive-rescueSystem restore: How archivistssalvaged 1,500 volumes of digitalart from Sandy’s floodwaters
  10. 10. http://vimeo.com/53849333
  11. 11. http://hyperallergic.com/60598/eyebeam-hurricane-sandy-flooding/
  12. 12. by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt via Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kulturarvsprojektet/6498637005/
  13. 13. According to tradition, [the Great Library of Alexandria inEgypt was] destroyed in a fire. Depending on whosestory you believe and which villain you want to blame,this fire happened anywhere from 47 BCE to 641CE. Or perhaps the Great Library fell on hard timesand gradually lost its collection over the centuriesto deterioration, theft, and other unspectacularcauses. In any case, it’s so thoroughly lost that no oneeven knows what happened to it, and with it a hugeamount of ancient literature vanished.—Gary McGrathFiles that LastApril 2013“
  14. 14. ROI
  15. 15. ROI
  16. 16. COI
  17. 17. COI= cost of inaction
  18. 18. “It may be possible, with enoughwork, to read almost anything,but there comes a point whereit’s not economically feasible.”—Gary McGrath. Files that Last. April 2013
  19. 19. Disaster became the impetus. Ourorganization’s long-delayed plans tosecure a collection stored on unstableformats now had critical urgency.—JONATHAN MINARDquoted in “After Sandy, Eyebeam is Thriving”Hyperallergic, 18 April 2013http://hyperallergic.com/69094/after-sandy-eyebeam-is-thriving/“
  20. 20. THANK YOU!kara@avpreserve.com@kvanmalssenwww.avpreserve.com

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