Links to articles, websites, tutorials, and other useful information related to Preserving Digital Public Television on these topics:


Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access
The Blue Ribbon Task Force was formed in 2007 and over two years “will explore the sustainability challenge with the goal of delivering specific recommendations that are economically viable of use to a broad audience, from individuals to institutions and corporations to cultural heritage centers.” Their interim report, “Sustaining the Digital Investment: Issues and Challenges of Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation” was released in December 2008.

Baker, Mary et al., “A Fresh Look at the Reliability of Long-term Digital Storage” Proceedings of the 2006 EuroSys Conference.

Lavoie, Brian (2008). “The Fifth Blackbird: Some Thoughts on Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation.” D-Lib, Volume 14 Number 3/4.

National Archives and Records Administration. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Selecting Sustainable Formats for Electronic Records.

Palm, Jonas. The Digital Black Hole.

Smith, Abby (2003). Issues in sustainability: Creating value for online users. First Monday, volume 8, number 5 (May 2003).

Society of American Archivists (2007). Constructing Sustainability: Real-World Implementations of Preservation Standards for Born-Digital Design Documentation. See also the Spellbound Blog for detailed notes on this session.

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The Digital Dilema: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture Materials.” Academy, 2007.


PBCore Website
The CPB Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary Project, now in version 1.2.

PBCore Resources
A place to discuss and share resources related to PBCore.

Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies.

Metadata Encoding and Transcription Standard

Intellectual Property Rights

Creative Commons
Provides “free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.”

Tales from the Public Domain
Duke University Law School Center for the Study of the Public Domain‘s thought provoking and entertaining comic on copyright law and documentary filmmaking.  Free digital versions available online.

Center for Social Media
American University’s School of Communication Center for Social Media “investigate, showcase and set standards for socially engaged media-making.” They also organize events and publish on public media, copyright, and fair use. Check out their helpful resources page.

Associations and Organizations

Library of Congress – National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
Home page of the Library’s Digital Preservation initiative.

AMIA – Association of Moving Image Archivists
In addition to being the leading professional organization for moving image archivists in North America, AMIA has produced an extensive study of locally-based television archives. Local Television: A Guide to Saving Our Heritage examines television preservation at local stations through a collection of case studies

Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations
Umbrella organization for the eight membership-based professional audiovisual archiving associations around the world.

FIAT/IFTA – Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision/International Federation of Television Archives
Professional association for television and broadcast archives.

Independent Media Art Preservation
A resource for independent film/video and audio producers and small media organizations

Moving Image Collections (MIC)
A union catalog where you can find out about moving image archives around the world and their collections.

A new EU-funded initiative in 2009,  “PrestoPRIME will research and develop practical solutions for the long-term preservation of digital media objects, programmes and collections, and find ways to increase access by integrating the media archives with European on-line digital libraries in a digital preservation framework. This will result in a range of tools and services, delivered through a networked Competence Centre.”

The predecessor to PrestoPRIME, PrestoSpace was a EU funded project that finished in 2009, that focused on best practices for digitization of AV materials.  Their great work is still available through a couple websites.
Prestospace AV Archive Digitization and Storage Guide – Helpful tools and tutorials, training videos, and some great information.
PrestoSpace Wiki – Articles and guidelines on digitization and preservation.

Television Archiving
A useful site with articles and commentary about developments in television archiving.

Indiana University Radio & Television Services
WTIU Public Television

Link to the station’s Preservation Assessment in Word format.