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Media Preservation Web Sites
The following list provides links to the home pages of comprehensive
web sites that deal with media preservation. (See also Medium-Specific
- AMIA : www.amianet.org
- The Association of Moving Image Archivists focuses on archiving
through acquisition, preservation, and exhibition. It offers workshops,
publications, and meetings to promote preservation activities
and to educate the public. The AMIA
Compendium of Moving Image Cataloging Practice contains case
studies on cataloging.
- The guide’s Introduction, Appendix A (Participating Organizations),
and Appendix E (Local Guidelines and Examples) may be previewed
online. A very useful Video
Preservation Fact Sheet is also available on the web site.
- Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC : www.bavc.org
- Since its founding, BAVC has supported the independent media
community as a noncommercial media access and training center.
In the early 1990s it expanded its focus into the video preservation
field. The coalition’s preservation services include consultation,
cleaning and transfer, correction services, and more. BAVC’s
interactive DVD entitled Playback guides viewers
through the technical aspects of video preservation. This site
contains a wealth of preservation information, as well as a glossary
and extensive links.
- Conservation OnLine (CoOl): http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/
- A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University
Libraries, CoOl is a rich site of conservation/preservation information.
Topics include audio materials, digital imaging, electronic materials,
suppliers, and more. Links are grouped under the headings “Individuals
& Organizations” and “Resources at Other Sites.”
New resources on the site include “Preservation/Conservation
Presentations & Training Tools”, which links to
lectures and PowerPoint presentations, and “Preservation
of Motion Picture Film” (palimpsest.stanford.edu/bytopic/motion-pictures)
which provides information sources on a wide range of topics related
to film preservation.
- Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC): www.dpconline.org
- DPC is an organization addressing the preservation of digital
resources in the United Kingdom. This site provides an online
edition of the DPC handbook, Preservation Management of
Digital Materials, and a list of pertinent events (predominantly
in the United Kingdom and Europe) and links.
- Experimental Television Center—Video History Project
- An ongoing research initiative of the Experimental Television
Center, the Video History Project is dedicated to the documentation
and preservation of video art and community television. The site
includes Video Preservation—The Basics ,
which introduces the pertinent issues of preservation, from cleaning
to storage to cataloging. The site also includes glossaries, a
bibliography, and links to other organizations and sites of interest.
- International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary
- INCCA is an international membership organization designed to
facilitate communication among groups invested in the conservation
of contemporary art. Their web site provides information on preservation
education programs around the world, ongoing and completed conservation
projects (some of which are accessible online), and upcoming conferences,
meetings, and workshops. It also offers an extensive database
of relevant publications. Links include sites on media art, theory,
and collections, and limited conservation links.
- The National Television and Video Preservation Foundation
- The NTVPF is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization
dedicated to the preservation of and access to television and
video projects in the United States. The foundation awards grants
to individual public and nonprofit archives that currently consist
of preservation services donated by commercial video and audio
facilities, storage companies, consultants, and film laboratories.
For grant guidelines, go to www.ntvpf.tv/html/grants/guide/guidelines.html.
The site includes links to preservation resources for television
and video, definitions, identification information, and standards.
In the future the site will document the projects that NTVPF grants
- Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI):
- Part of the National Library of Australia, PADI is dedicated
to the preservation of and access to digital information. This
thorough site is organized into two main areas. The first, Resource
Types, includes event listings, preservation strategies, bibliographies,
journals, and more. Digital
Preservation Topics includes general resources, rights management,
digitization, and an extensive formats and media section covering
the preservation of audio and audiovisual material, e-mail, networked
digital material, physical format digital material, and more.
The site also has a comprehensive list of links to glossaries
that contain terms relevant to digital information.
- SOLINET : http://www.solinet.net/preservation/preservation_home.cfm
- Based in Atlanta, Georgia, SOLINET is a membership organization
of libraries and other information organizations in the Southeast
United States. It looks to expand the region’s access to
global information resources, while also fostering access and
preservation of local resources. The site includes news, workshop
schedules, a searchable vendor database, disaster recovery referral,
and a link to SOLINET’s publications page. It also offers
an information listserv for preservation news of interest to libraries
and archives. The list is open to the public. To subscribe, go
- Variable Media Network : http://www.variablemedia.net/
- The Variable Media Network is a preservation project on installation
and new media (and other ephemeral art) administered by the Guggenheim
Museum and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. This web site provides
project case studies (past participants included Bruce Nauman,
Jan Dibbets, and Nam Jun Paik) and links to the Variable Media
Questionnaire, transcripts from the VMN March 2001 conference,
and downloadable PDFs of the latest VMN publications. The
Through Change: The Variable Media Approach can be
downloaded from the web site.
- Video Art Denmark : www.videoart.suite.dk/
- This major site for video art in Denmark includes important
links to The
Danish Video Art Data Bank and Video
Art/e-monitor. The Danish Video Art Data Bank is an extensive
English-language site on video preservation organized almost like
a book. In addition to case studies of preservation (for example,
one on the work of Nam Jun Paik), priority planning, and passive
or active damage prevention, the site includes an exploration
of ethical issues in preservation, a discussion of the Guggenheim
Variable Media Questionnaire, and an examination of the artist’s
intent versus the archivist’s intent. Video Art/e-monitor
is the online newsletter of the Danish Video Art Data Bank and
offers information and news about the international video art
world. Issues 9 through 13 deal specifically with video preservation.