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Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia

Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the digital age, it’s easy to forget that the millions of physical photographs that exist in the world still need a physical home — somewhere they will be cared for so they don’t fall into decay or vanish without a trace. Bill Bonner is the caretaker of National Geographic’s immense archive of vintage photos, and this video from its Proof blog takes us inside.

National Geographic is home to some 11 million photographs, eight million of which are overseen by Bonner in the basement of their headquarters in Washington DC. The collection spans well over 100 years of image making, and Bonner claims to have looked at every single image in his archive."

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A video showing some of the gems of this photograph treasure!

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Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - New York University | Bobst Library: Current Preservation Department P...

For Research Library collections across the continent, physical degradation of the media housing valuable, unique, and out–of–print video material looms imminent. Across the board, there is a pressing need to reframe principles and practices in situations where risk is defined by scarcity, and reformatting by legal and practical processes is not yet illuminated by common or best practices.

This Mellon Foundation–funded collaborative study brings together New York University's Division of Libraries with the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the circulating media collections of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola University New Orleans to collaboratively address these challenges. Additional project information, including Section 108 Copyright Guidelines, available here.

Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template -- now available

Working in collaboration with its academic partners and technical advisors, New York University is pleased to announce the release of a new publication. Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video -- specifically VHS -- to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors.  PDF available here
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Great for the upcoming World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October!

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