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20yrs: 2013 Screening the Future


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This slideshare, Maintaining a Vision: how mandates and strategies are changing with digital content, is one of the 12 that I like most and is a keynote given to the 2013 Screening the Future conference in London.
It is the penultimate of 12 presentations I have selected to mark 20 years in Digital Preservation. The final one to come will be published in December 2015.
My brief for this conference keynote was to focus on how institutional responses to collection and preservation mandates are realized and stretched by the existing institutions just 'go digital' but otherwise claim 'business as usual' [or not]?
The Talk had an AV focus given the nature of the conference but I think the messages will be of broad interest. It was in three parts:
The Changes: covering how digital content (including AV content) has changed the nature of typical collections across sectors; how it has shifted the scale of available content; and how content has fragmented and the number of content creators proliferated.
The Responses: covering how we have seen in response the growth of cross-sectoral preservation exchange (different sectoral membership of the DPC; Technology Watch Reports; the national coalitions worldwide such as nestor, NCDD, NDSA, etc); the development of shared services and outsourcing (e.g. digital preservation services in the cloud); and in some cases a range of cross-sector mergers (particularly of national archives and national libraries).
What is changing? We are seeing multi-media permeating sectoral boundaries; greater shared interests and convergence of interests across different sectors; and a massive shift in the scale and management of digital media.
The responses? We are seeing new alliances and partnerships; digital preservation exchange across sectors; some mergers and partnerships across established boundaries; and more shared services and outsourcing.
Finally, if you want to know the answer to the question "When was the beginning of the Digital Age" posed in previous posts, the answer is here in slide 8

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20yrs: 2013 Screening the Future

  1. 1. Maintaining a Vision: how mandates and strategies are changing with digital content Neil Beagrie (Charles Beagrie Ltd) Screening the Future Conference London May 2013
  2. 2. Outline • My brief - institutional responses to how collection and preservation mandates are realized and stretched by the existing institutions just 'go digital' but otherwise claim 'business as usual'? • Talk has AV and long-term focus in two parts: – Changes – Responses • A personal and time-limited selection!
  3. 3. What is an AV Institution? • PrestoCentre communities of practice (1) Museums, artists, representatives (2) Music and sound archives (3) Video production and post-production (4) Footage sales libraries (5) Film collections and filmmakers (6) Research and scientific collections (7) Learning and teaching repositories (8) Broadcast (9) Personal collections • Local, regional, national institutions • Variable levels and type of AV content
  4. 4. Changes
  5. 5. Changing Content - Archives • Records of public enquiries are a significant part of National Archive accessions – • Increasingly these are digital and multi- media. Records from MV Derbyshire Public Inquiry include: – A number of virtual reality reconstructions of the sinking of the ship – More than 200 hours of underwater video footage – 100,000 still images of the wreck site – Deep Ocean Survey digital records
  6. 6. Changing Content – journals
  7. 7. Changing Scale
  8. 8. Changing Scale
  9. 9. Changing Scale - Fragmentation Proliferation and sub-division of previous content – TV and satellite channels, academic journals, etc
  10. 10. Democratisation – Microsoft MyLifeBits video capture c.2003
  11. 11. Changing Scale - individual Real time recording – police, military, Google Glass
  12. 12. Responses
  13. 13. Publishing/Media Education Archives Libraries Science & Technology Government Research & policy Museums Data Services Cross-Sectoral Membership Responses – cross-sectoral preservation exchange •Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) membership by sector
  14. 14. Responses – cross-sectoral preservation exchange (2) •DPC Technology Watch Reports •Peer reviewed •PDF freely available •Preserving Moving Picture and Sound (Richard Wright) •Published May 2012 •6,451 downloads in 1st year
  15. 15. Responses – cross-sectoral preservation exchange (3) • These developments are happening worldwide: – UK and Ireland – DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) – France – PIN (Pérennisation des Informations Numériques) – USA - NDSA (National Digital Stewardship Alliance) – Germany - Nestor – Netherlands - NDCC – In discussion “DPC Pacific”
  16. 16. Responses – Shared Services and Outsourcing • Role of Data Centres – Jisc, MIMAS and EDINA for UK HE/FE • Widespread interest in Cloud Services for Preservation
  17. 17. Responses - Mergers • Several recent mergers of National Libraries and National Archives • Common reasons cited: – Comparable digital challenges: collection and storage of and provision of access to digital information – Pooling knowledge, skills and resources – Cost savings • Mergers in Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, proposed in Ireland • Shoah Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) agreement in 2005 - guarantee of the preservation of the archive in perpetuity
  18. 18. Conclusions • What is changing? – Multi-media permeating boundaries – Greater shared and convergence of interests across different sectors – Scale and management of digital media • Some responses? – New alliances and partnerships – Digital preservation exchange across sectors – Some mergers across established boundaries – More shared services and outsourcing
  19. 19. Questions?