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Monday, October 1 • 14:30 - 15:00
Overview of the initial version of IASA-TC 06 video preservation guideline

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Unlike earlier guidelines from the Technical Committee, IASA's "Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings, IASA-TC 06", is being published in stages, reflecting the complexity of this topic (much ground to cover) and the still-emerging consensus on best practices.  Posted online in mid-2018, the initial version of TC 06 focuses on video recordings on conventional carriers, i.e., videotapes.  Although the guideline recommends the conservation and retention of the original tapes, the central preservation action consists of digitization, a term that is applied to the transfer of content from both analog and (some) digital videotapes.  Future versions of the guideline will add information digital-file-based video formats and additional types of digital videotapes.  For such source materials, the preservation actions may consist of rewrapping the recording in a fresh digital-file "wrapper," or combining digital transcoding with rewrapping.
Two parts of the guideline describe relatively settled matters: (1) "what is video," which outlines the technical complexity of the underlying formats, and (2) detailed information about the conventional carriers held by many archives: ½- and 1-inch open reels, U-matic videocassettes, ½-inch consumer and semi-professional videocassettes, and the Betacam family of professional videocassettes.  The guideline also discusses matters for which there is less consensus and/or for which practices are not yet mature, e.g., the selection of digital target formats and methods for the capture of components of the video payload beyond picture and sound, such as captioning and historical timecodes.  In addition, the guideline offers a high-level overview of a preservation facility, intended to guide archivists planning either a self-operation or the selection of contractors.

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Dietrich Schüller

consultant, Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dietrich Schüller, retired director of and now consultant to the Vienna Phonogrammarchiv, has been with IASA since 1972. Starting out as cultural anthropologist – his PhD is in African History – he became increasingly involved in technical matters related to audiovisual archiving... Read More →

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Carl Fleischhauer

IASA Technical Committee
Carl Fleischhauer worked on a variety of digitization and digital preservation projects at the Library of Congress beginning in 1983. His more recent projects at the Library include the Format Sustainability Web site and coordination of the Audio-Visual Working Group of the Federal... Read More →
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Jennifer Vaughn

Editor, IASA

Monday October 1, 2018 14:30 - 15:00 GMT
Room 1: Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu Seminar Room Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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