We are back from the 2009 Association of Moving Image Archivists conference in St Louis, which concluded Saturday. By we I mean myself, my WITNESS co-archivist Yvonne Ng, and our phenomenal interns Michele DeLia, Teague Schneiter and Valentina Catena.

Randomly, here are some things I saw or heard at AMIA that I liked:

WGBH’s Open Vault and “Vietnam: A Television History” archiving Project, with next-generation tools including annotation and citation options, and especially the topic map.

The term “Image-driven scholarship.”

Chris Lacinak’s presentation on “Accessioning and Managing File-based Born-Digital Content.”

PrestoPrime’s wiki for digital preservation.

CEDAR, a “collection of Collaborative Empirical Databases to be used as an Archivists’ Resource for work relating to Moving Image and Sound Preservation and Archiving.” – a Beta project from AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.

Mediapedia: A media identification tool, a work in progress at National Library of Australia.

Indiana Museum of Art’s online real-time (sorta) Dashboard shown by Suzanne M. Fischer as an example of “radical transparency in action.”

Johan Oomen’s slides from “Inside Out and Outside In: examples of user engagement in AV archives” about Open Images.

Built 1888, last downtown factory in St Lou. Tums were invented in 1928.

DV Analyzer, a new tool from Audiovisual Preservation Solutions which does error-reporting on DV-to-digital transfers; it’s free!

MPEG Streamclip free video converter tool (as per Skip Elsheimer).

Dave Rice’s demo showing error concealment suppressed and replaced by white space – whoa!


“Streaming is for sissies.” Rick Prelinger, in “The Problem of Open Media” session.

Peter Kaufman’s statistic on rights clearance for BBC Creative Archive: 6300 staff hours to clear 524 hours of media…

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