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Punching above your weight: Leveraging online resources (SEAPAVAA22)

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The onslaught of digital materials flooding into our holding space; Digital files sitting on precarious portable hard disks, piling onto higher piles of plastic boxes with spinning disks.
These would be a familiar sight to all. Unlike analogue materials, the speed and volume grows exponentially. No one seems to have a foolproof solution for digital preservation.

Like a two-edged sword, the same digital advancement brought us the Internet. We are no longer bounded by physical boundaries. Not only we are just a tweet away, we can also finally reach beyond the confine of the audiovisual community.
The call for the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) sector to collaborate and cooperate is not new. As the world became more and more interconnected,
users of content from the GLAMR sector expect information about subjects of interest rather than the source of the information.

But where do we start? How do we cut through the noise? Who should we be listening? How can we collaborate?

This presentation hopes to shed some light by recounting AFA’s journey thus far.

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Punching above your weight: Leveraging online resources (SEAPAVAA22)

  1. 1. Punching above your weight: Leveraging online resources 5-B: BROADENING APPROACHES TO AV ARCHIVING 10 APRIL 2018 SEAPAVAA22 Joshua Ng @joshuatj Asian Film Archive
  2. 2. Who are we?
  3. 3. Asian Film Archive The Asian Film Archive was founded in January 2005 as a non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema, to encourage scholarly research on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. To Save, Explore, and Share the art of Asian Cinema asianfilmarchive.org
  4. 4. Programmes
  5. 5. Film Restoration Projects (Highlights)
  6. 6. Asian Film Archive Publications Nanyang Trilogy DVD & Blu-ray Box Set Batch ’81 Monographwww.asianfilmarchive.org/shop
  7. 7. Behind the Scenes: Digital Preservation ● Hierarchical Storage Management System ○ Quantum StorNext Storage Manager ○ 8Gb Fibre Channel. Tested to reach 700MB/s transfer ○ Hybrid Storage—QXS ○ Tape Library—Quantum Scalar LTO7. Two Copies. ● Collections Management System ○ TransMedia Dynamics Mediaflex Guardian ● AFA Labs ○ Investigate FFV1v3 for film scans in DPX ○ Determine the best way to handle DPX, DCP—BagIt ○ Incorporate checksum tools into workflow ○ FFMPEG experiments on Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
  8. 8. Where should we start? Who should we be listening? How could we cut through the noise? How can we collaborate?
  9. 9. Where should we start?
  10. 10. Channels about AudioVisual ● SEAPAVAA—SouthEast Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archives Association seapavaa.net/resource-centre ● AMIA—The Association of Moving Image Archivists amianet.org/resources/amia-resources/ amianet.org/resources/general-resources/ ● FIAF—International Federation of Film Archives www.fiafnet.org → E-Resources ● PrestoCentre prestocentre.org/resources prestocentre.org/resources/av-archiving-networks ● Restoration Asia restorationasia.org
  11. 11. Free Resources for Non-profit ● Microsoft Azure—$5000 credits for Cloud resources www.microsoft.com/en-us/nonprofits ● Techsoup—Software Donation or Non-profit rate www.techsoup.org ● Google for Nonprofits—G Suite, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofit www.google.com/nonprofits/ ● Workplace by Facebook www.facebook.com/workplace
  12. 12. Who should we be listening to?
  13. 13. Channels about AudioVisual ● SEAPAVAA—SouthEast Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archives Association @seapavaa_org #SEAPAVAAxx #SEAPAVAA22 #SEAPAVAA19 ● AMIA—The Association of Moving Image Archivists @AMIAnet #AMIA1x #AMIA17 #AMIA16 ● FIAF—International Federation of Film Archives @fiaf1938 #FIAF201x #FIAF72 #FIAF2016 ● JTS—Joint Technical Symposium #JTS201x JTS2019 #JTS2016 bit.ly/jts2016
  14. 14. Beyond Boundaries → GLAM ● Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group #PASIG2017 #PASIG201x http://www.preservationandarchivingsig.org/ ● @MuseumNext www.museumnext.com #MuseumNext ● @MuseumCN (MCN—Museum Computer Network) www.mcn.edu #MCN2018 #MCN201x ● International Conference on Digital Preservation #ipres2017 #ipres201x ● #digipres ● #avpres There’s no lack of resources!
  15. 15. How do we cut through the noise?
  16. 16. AMIA-L ● http://deepfocusresource.com/community/list-serv ● Gmail search function to help me find what I need
  17. 17. Tweetdeck tweetdeck.twitter.com
  18. 18. Twitter Lists ● archives by witnessorg twitter.com/witnessorg/lists/archives ● avpres by joshuatj twitter.com/joshuatj/lists/avpres ● digipres by todrobbins twitter.com/todrobbins/lists/digipres ● Digipres1 by DavidUnderdown9 twitter.com/DavidUnderdown9/lists/digipres1
  19. 19. Twitter Lists: Search ● Google search site:twitter.com inurl:lists <film> ● Search within twitter list query list:username/listname
  20. 20. nuzzel.com/joshuatj Nuzzel
  21. 21. How can we collaborate?
  22. 22. glammr.us—GLAMMR Mastodon instance glammr.us is a space for folks interested in productive conversation about, well, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, memory work and records. glammr.us
  23. 23. digipres.club—Mastodon instance for Digital Preservation digipres.club is a space for folks interested in productive conversations about, well, digital preservation! If you enjoy talking about how to do memory work with computers, or even with cardboard boxes of old photos, you belong with us on digipres.club. digipres.club
  24. 24. Something to think about… SEAPAVAA mailing list? SEAPAVAA Mastodon? SEAPAVAA Forum?
  25. 25. …the day of the passionate individual is here. It is only individuals working together who can build the stable and secure institutions needed to ensure the ongoing protection and accessibility of the audiovisual heritage. Ray Edmondson Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Practices, 3rd Edition 2016
  26. 26. Thank you! Joshua Ng joshua@asianfilmarchive.org @joshuatj @joshuatj@glammr.us @joshuatj@digipres.club

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