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In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities

In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We have become all too accustomed to thinking that the full spectrum of human knowledge is at our fingertips, that a swift Google search is all that stands between us and an infinite store of information.

But the release of a trove of documents from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) demonstrates the fallacy behind this notion – the accumulated stories, data and evidence add so much detail to the narrative of this State’s difficult birth, and serves as a useful reminder that so much of our shared history is preserved in analogue, captured only on paper in storage facilities."

Karen du Toit's insight:

The important work of archivists!

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Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video

Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ant Miller (BBC Research and Development Blog):

"In this second part of the Archive Research film we take a look at the key challenges addressed by the 'preservation' work of R&D and the BBC Information & Archives teams.  With interviews from Dr Richard Wright, Adrian Williams of I&A and others, Alex Mansfield gets to the bottom of the latest technologies being used to ensure that the critical challenge of obsolescence is handled, and handled effectively and efficiency.

With huge files, and critical quality checks essential to preserving the legacy of the archive, the best efforts of engineers and archivists are being applied to saving this content for the future."

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Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog

Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...archivists were understandably confused by the sheer scale and rapidity of the changes to their world brought about by digital technology. And so a good deal of the proceedings set about addressing some of these concerns, not least the workshop organised jointly by the Technical Commission (of which I am the head) and the Programming and Access Commission, where we looked at the digital world from different perspectives and tried to offer some guidance on acquisition, management, preservation and access. (Some of the guidance we offered is now available in a few handy documents on the FIAF website).

Our fellow commission, Cataloguing and Documentation, have also worked hard to push for worldwide implementation of an important new European standard for film metadata (EN 15907:2009), and are hoping that this will become an ISO standard shortly. To boost their case, they had the British Film Institute to present their successful adoption of CEN standards in their new Adlib database (the first organisation to do so). This commission is also working on a revised set of cataloguing rules which will be compliant with this standard.

FIAF retains a very strong interest in analogue film technology, and there are many who view the demise of this traditional technology not just as regrettable, but as something to be resisted at all costs. In this context, when the Technical Commission wondered in passing whether it should investigate the feasibility of film archives manufacturing their own film stock when all the big players (Kodak, Fuji) decide to drop it, the FIAF delegates were understandably excited. Establishing a cottage industry for film stock seems implausible to many, but I suspect that unless we can come up with definitive evidence to support this view, the idea will not rest."

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