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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 is the AMIA confererence one of the most fun events (drunken trivia, sexy experimental animation, Julia Child’s blowtorch french onion soup… need I say more?) on the calendar for moving image archivists in North America and abroad, but it is also an incredible gathering of professionals who present their latest reserch, tools, solutions, and practices.  This year there were a number of sessions that focused on the preservation of public broadcasting.  We encourage you to look at the program to see the full listing of presentations.

  • PDPTV partners WGBH presented on the new ways that their Media Library and Archives is providing access to their collections, as well as how their Open Vault is exploring repository sustainability.
  • WGBH Media Library and Archives Director Karen Cariani also chaired a session on “Digital Durability and Durable Access: PrestoPRIME and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision solutions” that showcased new solutions for digital preservation of broadcast content coming out of Europe.
  • Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation at WILL Public Media chaired a session titled “The Problem of Open Media,” which included engaging and thought-provoking presentations on open access to AV archival content by Peter Kaufman (Intelligent Television), Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Library and Archives), and Karl Fogel (
  • There was a report on the American Archive Pilot Project and the lessons learned by digitizing and collecting archival public broadcasting content from 25 television and radio stations around the country.

2. Speaking of the American Archive Pilot Project…  The project manager, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), plan to wrap things up around February of this year.  PDPTV partner WNET/Thirteen is (as I type this) putting the finishing touches on sending in their 50 hours of civil rights related video and metadata content to OPB for the project.  We’re sure that there’s going to be loads of incredible media collected for this pilot (we’ve even read about it in the papers!) and we certainly hope there will be a public showcase or summary of the project. 

3. The American Archive has hired its first Executive Director! Matthew White started the job in the beginning of 2010.  PDPTV Project Director Nan Rubin has already started filling him in on the great work that our project has been doing over the past 5 years.  We’re excited to see what shape the AA takes over the coming year under his leadership. 

4. CPB has just released an RFP for an American Archive Content Inventory Project Manager.  Details can be found here

5. Finally, the NDIIPP Preserving Digital Public Television Project (that’s us) will be wrapping up this year.  As new and exciting things are happening with the emergence of the American Archive, we know that there will be great opportunities for public broadcasting archives in the near future.  We’re happy to see that the importance of preserving and providing access to our nation’s public broadcasting heritage has become a priority for so many people. 

We will be publishing a number of reports in the early part of 2010, on topics including intellectual property, repository sustainability, and the design of the PDPTV prototype preservation repository at NYU.  By mid-2010 you will be able to find all of the reports created throughout the 5 years of this project on this site. 

Stay tuned…

–  Kara Van Malssen