PDPTV team hard at work
Members of the PDPTV team hard at work, one member joining all the way from Australia!

Our goal is to design a preservation repository that the public television system can afford to maintain and use. Our tasks are aimed at designing the functions of a model repository and deciding criteria for what  will go into the repository.  Some of these tasks are:

  • Completing an inventory of our at-risk materials to prepare for selection;
  • Reviewing best practices in the field of video archiving;
  • Conducting focus groups to help set standards and policies;
  • Ingesting sample materials and testing the repository.

In keeping with our commitment to share our progress, we will keep this site current with reports and other documents are they are written.

Watch some great videos from the Channel 13 archives.

Read a few articles that we’ve written for a variety of Publications, including Current.org, Library Trends, and International Preservation News.

We’ve spoken at diverse national and international events on the Preserving Digital Public Television Project, including the PBS Technology conference, the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) conference, and at the Iowa DTV Symposium, to name a few.

Web Crawling
Programs aren’t enough, we need to save our websites too!  Take a look at our web crawling project, and browse some of the great public broadcasting websites that we’ve collected.  Go back in time and, see what they looked like, and what they were showcasing a couple years ago.

Technical Issues
You can find all our reports on technical issues on this page, including our repository design document.

Selection & Appraisal
We’ve been doing a lot of work on creating guidelines for selection of born-digital content for preservation, and on appraisal of legacy content for digitization.  Take a look at the reports and focus group studies we have conducted.

If you can’t find it, you can’t use it!

One of the most important aspects of the Preserving Digital Public Television Project has been to investigate appropriate standards for descriptive, technical, rights, and preservation metadata.  Our solution involves a combination of PBCore, PREMIS, and METS.  Read some of our reports on this issue.

Our project has carefully articulated  the requirements for sustainable digital preservation of born-digital public television in this report, published February 2010.  Also, please read through at some of the resources we’ve posted on this topic.

Intellectual Property
The project has been looking into intellectual property rights as they relate to preservation and access since day one.  Copyright issues are certainly getting complicated in the digital era.  Our April 2010 final report on this topic is available here.