Author Archive for rubinn



“Intellectual Property and Copyright Issues Relating to the Preservation and Future Accessibility of Digital Public Television Programs,” is now available.  It was written and edited by Kathleen Maguire (NYU), Nan Rubin (WNET), and Kara Van Malssen (NYU) with the PDPTV Copyright Working Group. This report explores the particular set of copyright and intellectual property (IP) issues that govern [...]

After 5 years of work, we are very pleased to publish our Repository Design Report, which describes the architecture and design of the PDPTV model preservation repository! Developed by the Digital Library Technology Services team at New York University, the repository provided an important testbed and prototype for digital preservation of complex video files and [...]

Strategies for Sustainable Preservation of Born Digital Public Television is a thorough investigation into the technical, operational, and economic requirements for sustainble preservation of file-based television production. It includes a case study of the costs associated with the PDPTV prototype preservation repository at New York University. This comprensive study was researched, written and edited by [...]

News for the New Year

First of all, Happy New Year from the PDPTV gang!  There has been a lot of activity around archives and public broadcasting over the past few months, that we thought we’d share with you. 1. In November, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) held their annual conference in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.  Not only [...]

40th Annual Conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 20-25 September 2009 in Athens, Greece by Kara Van Malssen the author (left) and Karen Cariani (WGBH Media Library and Archives) in front of our poster on sustainability issues for public broadcasting preservation From 20-25 September 2009, the 40th annual conference of the [...]

Analyzing Sustainability

One of the final projects of Preserving Digital Public Television is an assessment of sustainability for television archives in the public broadcasting system. While our final report is still in process, we’ve found a number of issues related to sustainability that are not unique to moving images and television, but which seem likely to reflect [...]

Web Crawl Update

As part of our digital preservation initiative, we have saved copies of the majority of websites related to the public television system in 2007 – more than 300 websites of stations, program productions, and related organizations.  Working with the Internet Archive, we will be transferring our 5 terabytes of data to the Library of Congress [...]

Marcia Brooks on PBcore

Current, “the newspaper about public TV and radio,” has a very nice two page article about PBcore by Marcia Brooks, who helped develop the proposal for CPB funding of the PBCore project and directed the project at WGBH for most of the last six years. Some of the main points: Almost six years ago CPB [...]

The Dutch national audiovisual archive Beeld en Geluid, and its partners in the Images for the Future project are in the process of digitizing 22,500 hours of film, 137,000 hours of television, 124,000 hours of radio recordings, and 2.9 million photos. They have received an investment of 154 million euros from the Dutch government that [...]

At long last! Dave MacCarn’s outstanding survey of file formats and practices in public television production and distribution is now available. Survey of Digital Formatting Practices in Public Television We hope this will be useful to organizations that are facing the sometimes daunting prospect of making choices about how to archive video files for preservation. [...]