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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PBCore events at AMIA 2014

Are you headed to Savannah for AMIA this year? Want to get the scoop on current PBCore-logoFinalPBCore developments?

If so, go ahead and block off your schedule for Friday, October 10 from 11am – 1pm — it’s going to be a PBHardcore couple of hours!

First, members of the AMIA PBCore Advisory Subcommittee will lead a session titled “Pursuing PBCore: The Revitalization of a Schema and Community.” Casey Davis will introduce the session and speakers and generally introduce the current efforts of the recently established PBCore Advisory Subcommittee. Jessica Bitely will report on the results of the PBCore User and Non-user Survey, highlighting some of the suggestions from the user community as well as the misconceptions brought to light by non-user respondents. Jack Brighton and John Passmore will present on how PBCore is used at their organizations, and Mary Miller will discuss why her organization doesn’t use PBCore. Dave MacCarn will lead a Q & A.

Following the panel session, the PBCore Subcommittee will convene its Business Meeting from 12pm – 1pm. All conference attendees are welcome to join! Bring your brown-bag lunch (and your opinions!) and hear from members of each team discuss the specific efforts of the five established teams — Schema, Education, Website, Documentation, and Communication. The meeting will include 30 minutes for open discussion.

Looking forward to seeing you in Savannah!

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3rd American Archive Meet-up: September 17 at 2pm EST

Don’t miss our third American Archive Meet-up! We’re excited to continue this series of informal video conference calls, which provide participants a venue to share their experiences and challenges, as well as ask the AAPB team any questions.

Our next meet-up will take place September 17th at 2pm EST.

For the first half of this meet-up, Laura Sampson will discuss the Stations’ Archived Memories (SAM) at Rocky Mountain PBS. Volunteers with SAM help the station preserve its history by identifying photographs, collecting memorabilia, conducting oral histories, and archiving the station’s materials. It’s a very impressive operation, that, as of May 2014, has:

  • archived and electronically preserved 48,482 photographs
  • archived and electronically preserved 14,134 station documents
  • archived and electronically preserved 3,159 memorabilia items
  • conducted and electronically preserved 190 oral histories
  • inventoried 10,344 local production videos and tapes

During the second half of the meet-up, the AAPB team will give a virtual walkthrough of the Archival Management System (AMS), which stations use to access their digitized content. This will give stations that haven’t tested the AMS a chance to get their feet wet, and for stations who’ve been having trouble with the system to ask questions.

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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Voices of Minnesota with Sara Evans and Rosalie Wahl

This summer I’ve had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with a lot of the content that’s been digitized for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It’s full of gems, and I’m so excited about the possibilities that it offers for discovery, research and education! When I opted to share a clip from Minnesota Public Radio‘s “Voices of Minnesota”, I learned that MPR was equally excited about re-discovering their content and sharing this program.

The program includes interviews with Sara M. Evans, a pioneer in the development of women’s studies movement in American, and former justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. The interviewers themselves have each shared an introduction below, and you can listen to the program here: Voices of Minnesota with Sara Evans and Rosalie Wahl.

I’m looking forward to learning how MPR and other stations might re-discover and re-purpose their content now that it’s preserved in a new context, alongside an array of valuable stories in the AAPB! Enjoy!

Executive Editor and Host of American RadioWorks and former MPR reporter, Stephen Smith, who interviewed Sara Evans:

Historian Sara Evans was influential in establishing the field of Women’s Studies in the American academy. She started teaching in the 1970s, when there were relatively few female historians at American colleges and universities and when the study of women in history was considered a fringe discipline.

Evans says she was part of a new generation of scholars in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s who were inspired by the women’s movement to revolutionize historical practice. She is the author of six books, including Born for Liberty: A History of American Women and Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End. I interviewed Evans on a summer day in 1995 in the living room of her home near the University of Minnesota, where she has taught since 1976.

American RadioWorks Producer and former MPR reporter, Catherine Winter, who interviewed Justice Rosalie Wahl:

When Rosalie Wahl started law school in 1962, there was only one other woman in her class at William Mitchell College of Law. There weren’t any women on the judicial bench in Minnesota.

Thirty-two years later, when she retired from the Minnesota Supreme Court, a majority of that court was female, and women were serving as district court judges throughout the state. Justice Wahl had blazed a trail.

Wahl is best remembered for being the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court. But her appointment in 1977 was remarkable not just because she was female. Wahl had an unusual legal background for a court appointee at the time. She hadn’t come up through the ranks of a prestigious law firm or held political office or worked for the state attorney general. She had been a public defender.

Wahl was a champion of the underdog. She had a deep commitment to social justice. In this interview, she talks about living in an interracial house when she was in college in the 1940s. She tells how she and her housemates participated in sit-ins at cafes and movie theaters and “swim-ins” at the pool.

Wahl’s interest in protecting the rights of the downtrodden and in ensuring equal treatment for all was reflected in her time on the bench. While on the Supreme Court, she led a task force on gender fairness in the courts and a task force on racial bias in the judicial system. She also wrote opinions that championed equal treatment under law. In one famous ruling she authored, the court said the state could not impose more severe penalties on crack cocaine than on powder cocaine, because the effect of such laws was to penalize black people more severely than white people.

In this interview with Minnesota Public Radio, she talks about the excitement of being part of a growing movement of women in the law, and about how much has changed – and not changed – when it comes to fairness to women and to African American people in the legal system.

She also shares some poetry. Justice Wahl had a longstanding interest in poetry. She’d kept that side of herself fairly private, but in this interview she reads several of her poems.

Listen to the program: http://archive.mprnews.org/stories/19950721/voices-minnesota-sara-evans-and-rosalie-wahl-midday

This post was written by Bryce Roe, intern for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting at WGBH. Interview introductions by Stephen Smith, Executive Editor and Host of American RadioWorks, and Catherine Winter, American RadioWorks Producer. 

 

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Your comments on PBCore wanted

Are you a PBCore user? Do you have opinions on how it could be improved?

The PBCore Schema Team invites all parties interested in contributing to the ongoing development and improvement of PBCore to submit their issues with the current versionPBCore-logoFinal of the standard to the PBCore GitHub issue tracker. Submitted issues may be related to any aspect of PBCore: the data model, XML schema, individual element or attributes, vocabularies, etc. We also invite you to comment on issues submitted by others.

The URL for the PBCore GitHub issue tracker is: https://github.com/WGBH/PBCore2.0/issues

Issues submitted before September 30, 2014 will be taken into consideration for the next version of the schema (estimated release March 2015). Issues will still be accepted after this date, and will be considered for future revisions.

For instructions on submitting issues to GitHub, please see this blog post on PBCore.org: http://goo.gl/9Ns6CE

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

This Thursday, August 7th, we’ll be hosting our second American Archive Meet-up. You don’t want to miss this! New York Public Radio’s Andy Lanset will be speaking, and then we’ll open the meeting up to discussion sharing the born-digital challenges we’re all dealing with. Hope you’ll join us!

If you’re interested in joining the meeting, we’re using this GoToMeeting link. Use your microphone and speakers or call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (805) 309-0014
Access Code: 506-007-125
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID:506-007-125

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AAPB Participating Organizations: Please take our Digital Preservation Survey

We want to know how public media organizations are tackling the emerging challenges of preserving digital audio and video files. If you work at a public media organization that has participated in the American Archive initiative, please take our Digital Preservation Survey- your input will help the American Archive of Public Broadcasting develop strategies to support your preservation needs! It should take about 10-15 minutes of your time. We will follow up individually with participating organizations to discuss these important questions in the coming months. Feel free to take survey now, or you can bookmark the survey and share your input at our next AAPB meet-up. Contact Project Manager Casey Davis at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org with any questions, and as always, we sincerely appreciate your time and support!

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