On July 9th, we held our first American Archive Meet-up. Thanks to all of the participating stations and organizations who made it such a success! We’re excited to continue this series of informal video conference calls, intended to provide a space for stations from across the country to connect, share experiences, and ask questions.
Our next meet-up will take place August 7, at 2pm EST.
For the first half of the meet-up, we’ll talk about the issues facing stations and other public media entities with the management and preservation of born digital video and audio files. For years, we’ve been able to sit a tape on the shelf and expect it to play 20-30 years later as long as we have a machine to play it. Born digital files are much more vulnerable, and we’re all on the front lines of having to figure out how to maintain digital files’ integrity for years to come. During this meeting, we will discuss the issues we are dealing with preserving born-digital file-based media — from preserving various formats, to selecting storage media and accommodating huge digital footprints, to generating technical and descriptive metadata to make the materials accessible in the future.
For the second half of the meet-up, Andy Lanset will discuss New York Public Radio’s outreach efforts through social media (Twitter and Tumblr), as well as the department’s landing page on the station website and a weekly E-Newsletter published since September, 2002. Both WNYC and WQXR have rich radio histories that present an on-going opportunity for research, acquisition and publication.
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.
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Access Code: 506-007-125
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