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Workshop on multimedia archives

From: Anne Muller <ecpa>
Date: Friday, October 19, 2001
Multimedia Archive Preservation:  A practical workshop
Organised by IASA, FIAT, PRESTO, ECPA, and more
London, UK
May 22-24, 2002

Overview:  80% of audio and video archive content is at risk,
according to the results of EC project PRESTO.  Unless preservation
procedures are funded and implemented--quickly--unique heritage and
commercially valuable material will be lost.  This workshop will
provide, in a concentrated three days, the combined experience of
ten major European broadcast archives, and the new technology
developed by PRESTO.

What we will cover:

    Funding: sources of funding; a model business case; benchmark

    Selection: criteria; prioritisation; life expectancy and
    condition monitoring

    The preservation factory: how to process the most material with
    the least labour; how to control quality; how to manage
    metadata; what to include and (exclude) during preservation  to
    maximise access and future use

    Sustainability: the "total cost of ownership" of archive
    material; technology for automation of quality monitoring and
    data update; media life expectancy; what formats to choose

    Online and Internet: how to build new technology into a
    preservation project--without blowing the budget;

    The small archive: how to be efficient on small-scale projects;
    special funding for private and historical collections; sources
    of support, advice and resources; out-sourcing options

    Commercial resources: information on technology and facility
    houses specialising in multimedia archive preservation;
    comparative costs; how to manage quality and cost;  do's and
    don'ts of working with contractor

    New technology: advances in mass storage, process automation,
    automatic quality control, and asset management; what it is,
    what it really can and cannot do, costs and benefits.  Also new
    technology developed by PRESTO and by related EC projects.

You also get:

    7 tours of actual preservation projects for audio, video and
    film in the London area

    7 a copy of the PRESTO Multimedia Preservation Handbook

Cost: 250 euros for the three days, which includes three lunches and
one formal dinner, but does NOT include accommodation.  For members
of PRESTO, IASA, and FIAT  the cost of the conference itself is free
but there will be a 50 euros charge for the lunches and dinner

Accommodation: block bookings will be available in nearby hotels;
estimated cost is 125 euros per night single, 160 euros per night

PRESTO is a project sponsored by the Cultural Heritage sector of the
IST programme of the European Commission.  The main partners are BBC
(UK), RAI (Italy) and INA (France).  Seven more major broadcast
archives form the PRESTO user group.  This workshop is a "PRESTO
special" of the series of technical meetings organised annually by
IASA/FIAT, hosted on this occasion by BBC Information and Archives.
Guidance and support is also provided by ECPA (all acronyms decoded

Where:  Central / West London venue, including tours of London-area
preservation projects

When: May 20-24, 2002

Registering: Send no money now.  Space is limited to 80 delegates,
as we don't think we can create a workshop environment with more
than that number.  Priority will be given to members of IASA/FIAT,
and to the PRESTO user group.  Please register your firm intention
to attend by 30 November and we will send you a bill in January

How to register:

1) Preferred method: send an email to:

    richard.wright [at] bbc__co__uk
    adrian.williams.01 [at] bbc__co__uk

Please give the following information

    1.  Name
    2.  Affiliation
    3.  Please state whether you are a member of IASA/FIAT
    4.  Email or postal address
    5.  If you need hotel accommodation, and for which dates
    6.  Special requirements for physical access or diet

2) Alternative: send the same information by post to:

    Richard Wright
    Technology Manager, Projects
    Information and Archives
    S120 South Block
    Reynards Mill, Windmill Rd
    Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9NQ


    ECPA        European Commission on Preservation and Access
    IASA        International Association of Sound and Audiovisual
    IFTA (FIAT) International Federation of Television Archives
    IST         Information Science and Technology
    PRESTO      Preservation Technology, a project about new
                technology and processes to make preservation
                projects more cost effective.

European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
P.O. Box 19121
NL-1000 GC Amsterdam
Visiting address:
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29
NL-1011 JV  Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
+31 20 551 08 39
Fax: +31 20 620 49 41

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