Discovering Moving Images of
Choreography in the Archives:
Dance Heritage Coalition’s
Dance Preservation & Digitization
Pr...
Bay Area Video Coalition
• Background on our organization
• Social justice in technology and art
practice
• Partnership wi...
Risk factors for access to dance
heritage related video in archives
• Magnetic media obsolescence and
deterioration
• Mach...
At-risk analog video
Goals of the project
• Regional digitization hubs
• Digitization of obsolete formats
• Accessible to diverse constituency
...
Preservation  Access
• Metadata and catalog records mapped from
individual institutions to PBCore

• Tapes digitized by e...
Regional digitization hubs
• San Francisco: Museum of Performance &
Design
• New York City: Dance Notation Bureau
• Washin...
Access point
http://archive.danceheritage.or
g/
Storage system
Digital preservation of dance
heritage

• Significant properties:
• Lighting, movement, visual medium
• Lead us to uncompr...
Your input is welcome!
We want to hear from researchers about how to
make this resource better, more usable and
sustainabl...
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  • Started in 1976, preservation program started in 1994. Org as a whole – largest program is training – workforce development focus, bring tech to underserved constituencies; youth and adult training programs as well as a preservation program, which I am a part of. Our role in the project is mainly preservation focused – prioritizing the obsolescing media and focusing on transfer and digital preservation aspects of the project. We maintain servers and cloud storage for streaming as well as ingesting digitized materials from digitization hub locations in San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC. We also work with consultants to install Archivematica, open-source digital preservation system. I will go into more detail about these aspects in a moment.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/16/13 23:52) -----A lot of archives to not have access to digitization equipment and even video playback machines.
  • Many of these items contain one-of-a-kind performances and documentation vital to work of researchers and performers.As researchers, if you visit an archive, you might see tapes that look like these – or see an EAD finding aid describing tapes in a box. etc
  • To conclude and re-iterate focuses of the project.
  • Describe the flow here and follow this up with a picture of our storage system for the video digitized through the project.
  • idea behind the project is to create a preservation and access ecosystem for these types of materials.
  • Go over access to streaming videoLimited to IP address blocks in DHC member archives----- Meeting Notes (11/17/13 00:28) -----about 27,000 from dhc member archivesinputted by hand from dance company archiveslimited by ip address and log-in
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/16/13 23:52) -----drop folders are additions to archivematica that help us to contain movingimage and audiovisual specific technical metadata in our preservation framework. ----- Meeting Notes (11/17/13 00:28) -----microservices built through the project to be in line with Archivematica.
  • Focus up to now has been on the preservation aspect, so we hope to hear more from researchers about descriptive cataloging and feedback about our OPAC (online public access catalog at archive.danceheritage.org ) -
  • Dpdp cord l_sorensen

    1. 1. Discovering Moving Images of Choreography in the Archives: Dance Heritage Coalition’s Dance Preservation & Digitization Project Lauren Sorensen Preservation Project Manager Bay Area Video Coalition @laurensx @BAVCPreserve
    2. 2. Bay Area Video Coalition • Background on our organization • Social justice in technology and art practice • Partnership with Dance Heritage Coalition • Our role in the project
    3. 3. Risk factors for access to dance heritage related video in archives • Magnetic media obsolescence and deterioration • Machines for digitization and playback no longer manufactured • Experts estimate 10-15 year window to digitize magnetic media • Quickly became a priority for DHC and led to partnership with BAVC
    4. 4. At-risk analog video
    5. 5. Goals of the project • Regional digitization hubs • Digitization of obsolete formats • Accessible to diverse constituency • Access point • Metadata / catalog records • Streaming video • Digital preservation • Sustainable long-term
    6. 6. Preservation  Access • Metadata and catalog records mapped from individual institutions to PBCore • Tapes digitized by early-career professionals via fellowship program • Sent to BAVC for ingest to preservation & access repository server and off-site back-up • Access files for streaming created and uploaded to cloud service • Added to OPAC catalog record online at http://archive.danceheritage.org
    7. 7. Regional digitization hubs • San Francisco: Museum of Performance & Design • New York City: Dance Notation Bureau • Washington D.C.: Dance Heritage Coalition offices • 2 forthcoming: NEA grant • Formats needing special treatment go to BAVC fee-for-service digitization vendor
    8. 8. Access point http://archive.danceheritage.or g/
    9. 9. Storage system
    10. 10. Digital preservation of dance heritage • Significant properties: • Lighting, movement, visual medium • Lead us to uncompressed and now looking at a lossless format for preservation • PBCore as metadata standard for access site • Preservation metadata is PREMIS • Archivematica is our digital preservation system; follows OAIS framework
    11. 11. Your input is welcome! We want to hear from researchers about how to make this resource better, more usable and sustainable. laurens@bavc.org kbell@danceheritage.org lsmigel@danceheritage.org http://archive.danceheritage.org http://bavc.org/dhc Twitter: @bavcpreserve

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