Painted lines by Heather Brown

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Painted lines by Heather Brown

  1. 1. Preservation connections Heather Brown Project Officer, SLSA, for BIM/LIM UniSA course Assistant Director, Paper, Artlab Australia Painted Lines Image: Songlines Walangari Karntwarra
  2. 2. Painted Lines <ul><li>User engagement is about connections with heritage, past & present </li></ul><ul><li>Enable us to take essence into future to inspire new ideas & opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Essence of connectedness is part of Indian cultural traditions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Painted lines <ul><li>The earth is painted with lines </li></ul><ul><li>that have been sung, danced </li></ul><ul><li>and written into existence. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>They move within themselves </li></ul><ul><li>like a current of water. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Their timeless colours </li></ul><ul><li>stand to be observed </li></ul><ul><li>by the initiate who seeks their </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>  . </li></ul><ul><li>Cont. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Painted lines cont <ul><li>These painted lines never speak of age </li></ul><ul><li>but are vibrant in their ageless sayings </li></ul><ul><li>They connect individuals, places and countries </li></ul><ul><li>with each other </li></ul><ul><li>and speak the many faces </li></ul><ul><li>of a single bond </li></ul><ul><li>where a smile, a tear, a love </li></ul><ul><li>can be held in the hands of all </li></ul><ul><li>who walk the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>© K. S Brown </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Connections in the ‘traditional’ world <ul><li>Despite these connections – preserving cultural heritage is challenging </li></ul><ul><li>With tangible heritage – due to nature of materials themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Case Study 1 – the Lost Connection </li></ul><ul><li>(The story of the pots) </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO Memory of the World Program </li></ul>http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php
  6. 6. Connections in the ‘digital’ world <ul><li>Digital world at first glance – even more about connections </li></ul>
  7. 7. Connections in the ‘digital’ world <ul><li>Case Study 2 – leveraging user engagement </li></ul><ul><li>(The Australian Newspaper Digitization Program http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Key Australian newspapers digitized from mf </li></ul><ul><li>Correction of scanned text </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Crowd sourcing’ </li></ul><ul><li>Over 9000 people correcting over 12.5 million lines of text </li></ul>
  8. 8. Connections in the ‘digital’ world <ul><li>Yet, with all connections, digital world is complex to connect, sustain & preserve over time </li></ul>Australian Computer Museum Image courtesy of Michael Carden, NAA
  9. 9. A connected approach to preservation management <ul><li>IFLA Definition > </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Includes all the managerial </li></ul><ul><li>and financial considerations… </li></ul><ul><li>including storage and accommodation provisions, staffing levels, policies, techniques and methods involved in preserving library and archival material and the information contained in them.’ </li></ul><ul><li>IFLA Principles for the care and handling of library material www.ifla.org/VI/4/news/pchlm.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>world is part of this but it is not all of it </li></ul>
  10. 10. A connected approach to preservation management <ul><li>Connected approach within each of worlds of > </li></ul><ul><li>traditional preservation </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>digital preservation. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Timing – preservation decisions </li></ul><ul><li>early in life cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Significant progress > </li></ul><ul><li>technological strategies , refreshing, migrating, emulating, replication </li></ul><ul><li>Special planning tools e.g. PLATO </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist systems e.g. ROSETTA </li></ul>
  12. 12. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Connected frameworks > </li></ul><ul><li>OAIS & DCC Curation Lifecycle models </li></ul>
  13. 13. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Specialist – Quality assurance & auditing frameworks – TRAC & DRAMBORA </li></ul><ul><li>PREMIS data model & dictionary </li></ul>
  14. 14. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Interconnected understanding of digital preservation e.g. Cornell model </li></ul><ul><li>3 legged stool </li></ul>
  15. 15. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Collaboration – the essence of connections </li></ul><ul><li>e.g., Open Planets Foundation, IIPC, DPE, PORTICO etc. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Digital Preservation Management <ul><li>Summary> effective digital preservation management is interconnected, not just a technological problem </li></ul><ul><li>Still in early stages of development </li></ul>Image: courtesy Steve Knight NLNZ
  17. 17. Traditional preservation management
  18. 18. Traditional preservation management <ul><li>At most complex level – ‘curative’ conservation treatment (intensive care) </li></ul>Image: Mumbai University Library
  19. 19. Traditional preservation management <ul><li>Environmental control </li></ul>Images: State Library of South Australia & National Library of Australia
  20. 20. Traditional preservation management <ul><li>Integrated pest management </li></ul><ul><li>Makes environment unattractive </li></ul><ul><li>to pests </li></ul><ul><li>Interconnect with traditional </li></ul><ul><li>techniques e.g. </li></ul>Neem leaves- repellent
  21. 21. Reformatting (copying) <ul><li>Digitising, microfilming, photocopying </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the content c.f the artefact </li></ul><ul><li>But too often reformatting is managed in isolation </li></ul>Image: Mumbai University Library
  22. 22. Connections between digital & traditional <ul><li>Connecting digitising with preservation of originals> fumigation conservation, housing, environment etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Synergies are critical for India > ms & often high value on artefact </li></ul>
  23. 23. Case study 3 – traditional preservation – a connected approach <ul><li>Artlab Australia > connected approach integrating cleaning, stabilising, housing & digitising </li></ul><ul><li>www.artlabaustralia.com.au </li></ul>
  24. 24. Case study 3 – traditional preservation – a connected approach <ul><li>Artlab Australia – connected approach to preservation of opaltype photographs </li></ul><ul><li>www.artlabaustralia.com.au </li></ul>
  25. 25. Case study 3 – traditional preservation – a connected approach <ul><li>Artlab Australia – connected approach to preservation of opaltype photographs </li></ul>
  26. 26. A connected approach to preservation management <ul><li>Connected approach between each of worlds of > </li></ul><ul><li>traditional preservation </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>digital preservation. </li></ul>
  27. 27. A connected approach to preservation management <ul><li>Preserving both the digital </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>the traditional </li></ul>
  28. 28. Case study 4 – the dance and the missing link <ul><li>Thailand Fine Arts department </li></ul>
  29. 29. Case study 4 – the dance and the missing link <ul><li>Missing > the preservation of ‘born digital’ images </li></ul>
  30. 30. Benefits of higher level connections in practice <ul><li>Integrated disaster plans – digital and traditional format > better informed priorities & actions </li></ul><ul><li>Role of mf in digital preservation – digital to mf </li></ul><ul><li>(long term storage) and back again – suitable for non-dynamic digital materials </li></ul>
  31. 31. Benefits of higher level connections in practice <ul><li>Connected resourcing for sustaining both digital and traditional preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Connected policies – digital and traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated education for preservation – traditional and digital </li></ul>
  32. 32. Summary <ul><li>Same painted lines that connect traditional and digital heritage provide framework for integrating preservation of heritage > </li></ul><ul><li>digital and traditional formats </li></ul><ul><li>Image: </li></ul><ul><li>Songlines </li></ul><ul><li>Walangari Karntwarra </li></ul>
  33. 33. Summary <ul><li>Connections within the digital and traditional worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Approach is strategic, attuned to risks and opportunities </li></ul>
  34. 34. Summary <ul><li>Connections between the digital and traditional worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Maximises opportunities to sustain painted lines of both worlds. </li></ul><ul><li>Aligning preservation on both worlds. </li></ul><ul><li>Especially relevant to India with its ms traditions </li></ul>
  35. 35. Summary <ul><li>Higher level holistic & connected approach will better enable us to sustain the painted lines of our heritage – past, present and future </li></ul><ul><li>Connect us in ‘a single bond’ so that: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ a smile, a tear, a love </li></ul><ul><li>can be held in the hands of all </li></ul><ul><li>who walk the earth.’ </li></ul>

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