"I was in the car with my wife and 15-year-old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked 'Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?' It never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she's uploaded might someday be gone…"
Excellent article on the BBC's problems with web preservation, along with a useful history lesson about the (unfortunate) re-use of videotape, and the losses that practice caused.
Richard Wright explains PrestoCentre, Presto projects, and Screening the Future conference to be held March 14-15 in Hilversum. "we are on the brink of creating something that can make a major difference to the amount of broadcasting content, and other audiovisual content, that will survive: the PrestoCentre Competence Centre, to be launched 14-15 March in Hilversum, The Netherlands at "Screening the Future"."
A Digital Library Guru Discusses New Rules on Sharing Scientific Data – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Nice piece on the demise of Kodachrome.
Personal Digital Archiving 2011 will take place February 24-25 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.
Very cool cross cut of by Active Archives of video interview collection by person and by question.
Shades of Sensecam, but as a consumer device: "Small, lightweight, hands-free cameras — worn on a headband, for example, or tucked over an ear — will record life’s memorable moments as they unfold, even if you are busy holding your infant son or erupting in cheers at your daughter’s basketball game."
I'm very curious about the Digital Public Space proposal, and would be grateful for any additional information. <br />
"Ageh doesn't want to talk about himself. He is in the very early stages of his most significant project yet: one that aims to redesign the internet. After two years analysing the content, framework and potential of the BBC's archive, Ageh's conclusion is that many of the challenges – not least rights, accessibility and the cost of digitisation – are shared by other public institutions. So his vision is to create a new "digital public space" for publicly owned content."
"IMPACT … will push innovation in OCR technology and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval, and share expertise to build capacity in digitisation across Europe." <br />
This is a good news. A competence center for book digitization ought to fit nicely with PrestoCentre (which supports moving image collections). And it ought to strengthen the position of LAMs when they negotiate with private partners.
"Publishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless 'orphaned' works." Yep.
"Unlogo is a web service, FFMPEG plugin, and AfterEffects plugin that eliminates logos and other corporate signage from videos." Nice to see this an option; disturbing to think its use might be required.
"The producers of the popular CBC radio show Spark have revealed (see the comments) that the public broadcaster has banned programs from using Creative Commons licenced music on podcasts."
For the last few months I’ve been trying to resolve an issue with Dreamhost that causes 500 internal errors to be posted to this site and into the associated RSS feed. As you can tell, I haven’t been successful yet, nor have they, but I’m hoping to get it resolved soon.
The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age
The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board released The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age. www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub148abst.html. Excellent work by Sam Brylawski and Rob Bamberger, now being picked up by AP, which notes "New digital recordings of events in U.S. history and early radio shows are at risk of being lost much faster than older ones on tape and many are already gone, according to a study on sound released Wednesday." AP also notes that the study finds "14 percent of commercially released recordings are available from rights holders."