Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

The AAPB Team wished you and yours a very happy holiday season, and a wonderful new year!

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed and supported this important project. We’ve really enjoyed working with you so far, and are excited to continue our work on into the future!

AAPB Holiday Card

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President Johnson’s Thanksgiving Speech, 1963

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone’s celebrations will be wonderful this year.

In remembrance of Thanksgivings past, we want to share this historic audio clip with you today. On November 28th 1963, newly sworn in president Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered a speech honoring president John F. Kennedy, who had died just a week earlier. His message is one of thanks and hope, as he details the coming together of the American people and the people of the world, in the face of such a tragedy. As part of his address, he says,

Portrait of President Johnson

Official White House Portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson. By Elizabeth Shoumatoff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“A great leader is dead. A great nation must move on. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. I am resolved that we shall win the tomorrows before us. So I ask you to join me in that resolve, determined that from this midnight of tragedy we shall move toward a new American greatness. More than any generation before us, we have cause to be thankful, so thankful, on this Thanksgiving Day. Our harvests are bountiful, our factories flourish, our homes are safe, our defenses are secure. We live in peace. The goodwill of the world pours out for us. 

 

 
 

Listen to the entire speech: 

This audio came to the AAPB as part of a WGBH radio broadcast that was recorded onto ¼ inch audio tape. It was digitized as part of the 40,000 hours of digitization funded by CPB.

This post was written by Sadie Roosa, AAPB team member at WGBH.

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Interim Access Portal

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce our new (interim) discovery portal to access inventory records.

Interim Access Portal Homepage

Homepage of the Interim Access Portal

These records were created during the CPB-funded and WGBH-managed American Archive Content Inventory Project (AACIP), an inventory effort to gather item-level PBCore data from legacy at-risk audiovisual assets obtained from public media stations across the nation: from KEXP in Seattle to Unalaska Community Broadcasting to Ozarks Public Broadcasting. Public media stations then selected video and audio from their own collections for digitization, many local programs never seen before except by immediate geographic communities.

While the American Archive of Public Broadcasting wraps up the digitization of these 40,000 hours of selected content, begins cataloging the digitized material and developing our digital archive website, we’re excited to offer access to the almost 2.5 million records collected as part of the AACIP, now available through the Interim Access Portal.

An example of search results from the Interim Access Portal.

An example of search results from the Interim Access Portal.

Almost all of these records were created before stations or archivists had the capability of playing back the content stored on increasingly obsolete video and audio formats. The now-in-progress digitization of 40,000 hours of this content will allow catalogers to view and fully describe the content. So if you don’t find what you’re looking for now, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. This data might be irregular at the moment, but we’re excited to expose it to the public for faceted browsing, and let you track our progress as we go forward in improving our records and exposing content. In the spring, further work will have been completed and normalized data will be exposed to the public via our online digital archive, currently in the works.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the project team with any questions and research requests.

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PBCore Webinar Recording

On October 23, 2014, the AMIA PBCore Advisory Subcommittee’s Education Team offered a webinar titled “PBCore: A How-to and Why-to Webinar.” The presenters offered contextual background; explained the benefits and reasons why PBCore is perfectly suited for managing audiovisual collections; offered step-by-step guidance on inventorying av assets and getting started with PBCore; and described the use of PBCore in different settings, such as asset management, digital preservation, archival description, and use with other schemas such as PREMIS and METS.

The PBCore Advisory Subcommittee is encouraged by the recent invigoration among archivists, librarians, and others managing media collections who are beginning to deal with their deteriorating av collections, as well as the digital video and audio collections, and we are confident that PBCore has a place in these efforts. PBCore is uniquely suited to provide a standard way to record and manage metadata for video and audio.

We look forward to providing more opportunities like this webinar in the future, as well as improving the schema over the next few months, clarifying and improving documentation, creating our new website, and generating new PBCore resources.

Many thanks to all of those who attended the webinar, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the presenters whose email addresses I have listed below:

Casey E. Davis, WGBH | casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org
Maureen McCormick Harlow, PBS | mmharlow [at] pbs [dot] org
Sadie Roosa, WGBH | sadie_roosa [at] wgbh [dot] org
Morgan Oscar Morel, George Blood Audio Video Film | moran.morel [at] georgeblood [dot] com

Enjoy the recording and please feel free to share it among your colleagues and networks!
(The chat text is best readable when the video is viewed in full-screen.)

PBCore: A How-to and Why-to Webinar | Recording from 10/23/14 from American Archive on Vimeo.

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Report of the AAPB Rights Meeting

Last month, staff from the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) and Office of the General Counsel (OGC) met in Boston with WGBH Media Library and Archives staff and counsel from WGBH Business and Legal Affairs, as well as Representatives from the Cyberlaw Clinic and Fellows community at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society for a two-day brainstorming session to strategize regarding rights clearance for the American Archive for Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The AAPB Project Team anticipates that the outcomes of the meeting can serve as a model of how digital audiovisual archival rights can be managed.

Planning is at a very early stage, and will evolve based upon both technological and legal constraints.  The early sketch is that AAPB would employ several interlocking layers of rights clearance: obtaining permission from originating stations and rights holders; identifying public domain materials; and using copyright law exemptions including fair use, the library and archive exemptions, and existing provisions unique to public television and to the Library.

The preliminary access model is that there would be three basic levels of access to the American Archive.  First would be the open web, which would include public domain materials and materials for which the Archive (through WGBH and the Library) has obtained full permission.  Some materials at this level would be downloadable; most would be streamed.  The metadata for the entire AAPB would be in this level.

The second level would be an online virtual reading room, restricted to educational and scholarly uses.  Users would be required to register on the AAPB website, and would be presented with terms and conditions, including the use restriction and the requirement that the user comply with copyright and other legal restrictions.  This level would include materials that are permissioned for this reduced access.  It would also include materials that the legal team has determined may prudently be presented for educational and scholarly purposes under fair use and other legal doctrines.  For example, many historic news broadcasts may fall into this category. Materials on this level would be streaming only.

A third level would be materials that would be available only on Library and WGBH premises.  This is the most restricted level, and materials would likely migrate to less restricted levels as they are analyzed and as permissions are obtained.

The AAPB Project Team is excited to begin implementing this model through rights clearances and developing the technological infrastructure over the next several months. We will continue to provide updates as the work moves forward.

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AMS up and running

Good morning AAPB participants: the AMS is back up and running! Let us know if you have any trouble accessing your records or viewing or listening to your media. Feel free to contact the AAPB Project Manager anytime at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org.

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AMS is undergoing maintenance

Dear AAPB Participating Organizations:

Please be informed that the AAPB team is conducting some maintenance on the AMS server, so access to records will not be available during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AAPB Project Manager at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org. We will provide an update on the blog as soon as the AMS is back up and running.

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause!

 

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Don’t Forget: Meet-up Wednesday at 2pm EST

This Wednesday, September 17th, we’re hosting our third American Archive Meet-up. It’s going to be a great discussion, that you won’t want to miss! Laura Sampson will be sharing the amazing Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) project at Rocky Mountain PBS. We’ll also be providing a virtual walkthrough of the Archival Management System (AMS), which stations are using to access their records and digitized content. As always, this will be an open discussion for sharing everyone’s questions, challenges, and solutions.

If you’re interested in joining the meeting, please fill out this RSVP form. We’re using this GoToMeeting link. Use your microphone and speakers or call in using your telephone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 928-756-309
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 928-756-309

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