As a part of our residencies, we were required to teach a webinar on a topic of our choosing. Across the cohort, we came up with a variety of topics. If you missed out, the webinars are listed below.
Challenges of Removable Media in Digital Preservation – Eddy Colloton, January 12, 2017
Removable storage media could be considered the most ubiquitous of digital formats. From floppy disks to USB flash drives, these portable, inexpensive and practical devices have been relied upon by all manner of content producers. Unfortunately, removable media is rarely designed with long-term storage in mind. Optical media is easy to scratch, flash drives can “leak” electrons, and floppy disks degrade over time. Each of these formats are unique, and carry with them their own risks. This webinar, open to the public, will focus on floppy disks, optical media, and flash drives from a preservation perspective. The discussion will include a brief description of the way information is written and stored on such formats, before detailing solutions and technology for retrieving data from these unreliable sources.
Demystifying FFmpeg/FFprobe – Andrew Weaver, January 26, 2017
The FFmpeg/FFplay combination is a surprisingly multifaceted tool that can be used in myriad ways within A/V workflows. This webinar will present an introduction to basic FFmpeg syntax and applications (such as basic file transcoding) before moving into examples of alternate uses. These include perceptual hashing, OCR, visual/numerical signal analysis and filter pads.
Intro to Data Manipulation with Python CSV – Adam Lott, February 23, 2017
Archivists frequently inherit huge amounts of messy and disorganized data. More often than not, this data does not fit into established organizational systems, and manually reconstructing data can be a monumental task. Luckily, there are tools for automating these processes. This webinar, open to the public, will focus on one such tool, the Python CSV module, which can handle the large-scale manipulation of CSV data. Using this module, we will extract content from a large CSV, isolating specific assets that have yet to be digitized. Basic concepts of Python programming will also be covered, so those with little experience can follow along and create code of their own.
Through the Trapdoor: Metadata and Disambiguation in Fanfiction – Kate McManus, March 9, 2017
Within the last twenty years, fanfiction writing has transfigured from disparate communities like webrings within Geocities communities into websites like AO3, providing a more intimate and interactive space for the wide world of web communities to gather and create. Recently, professionals who work to preserve and archive pop culture have begun to open dialogues with fan writers in hope that these underground communities will share their labors of love, but doing so creates its own problems for both creators and archivists.
Tags: meta, archives, angst, rarepair
Disclaimer: Just playing in the sandbox. DO NOT SUE, I OWN NOTHING Please read and review!
ResourceSpace for Audiovisual Archiving – Selena Chau, March 23, 2017
Selena Chau (AAPB NDSR Resident, KBOO Community Radio) and Nicole Martin (Senior Manager of Archives and Digital Systems, Human Rights Watch) share their assessment and uses of ResourceSpace as an open-source tool for metadata and asset management within digital preservation workflows.
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Whats, Whys, and How Tos of Web Archiving – Lorena Ramírez-López, April 6, 2017
Basic introduction of:
– what web archiving is 🤔
– why we should web archive 🤷🏻♀️
– how to web archive 🤓
in a very DIY/PDA style that’ll include practical methods of making your website more “archive-able” – or not! – and a live demo of webrecorder.io using our very own NDSR website as an example!
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