Daniel Halliday
Oct 23 · Last update 8 mo. ago.
How can we best preserve our audio-visual heritage?
The recent Brazilian Museum disaster should serve as a wake up call for the preservation of culture worldwide, and in recent history a large amount of culture has been recorded on some sort of audiovisual medium. However the problem of degradation is even greater for many audiovisual storage solutions, so for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage let's consider: How can we best preserve our audio-visual heritage?
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Digital archives are also susceptible to deterioration
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Realistic, cost effective solutions
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Derestrict copyright so that users can contribute to audiovisual archiving
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Digital archives are also susceptible to deterioration

The transition from analogue to digital storage mediums is a clear challenge to audiovisual archivers, however the obsolescence of file formats ultimately makes digital archives susceptible to similar difficulties. Furthermore the vulnerability of digital archives to change through error or even malicious intent means that records could possibly change over time in many ways other than degrading. One proposed solution to this problem is to utilise blockchain to secure, legitimise and decentralise the audiovisual archive. ARCHANGEL is a UK based project that is prototyping a distributed archive that is tamper proof and provides a persistent record of the state of every document in the archive.

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Realistic, cost effective solutions

As broadcasting archives are based on fragile, obsolete media, susceptible to decay, the question of transferring and preserving a longer lasting digital archive remains one of manpower and inevitably cost. Services such as the PRESTO project have attempted to address this issue by providing automated preservation ‘factories’ to minimise the cost of such operations. If costs can be reduced digital archives are more likely to be sponsored, and the backup of audiovisual archives could take place before the complete degradation of the analogue archives does.

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Derestrict copyright so that users can contribute to audiovisual archiving

Audiovisual heritage is under threat as many of the earlier analogue storage mediums are susceptible to degradation over time. Likewise copyright infringement is one of the biggest legal and social issues affecting many forms of audiovisual heritage as music, film, and cultural and current events are often recorded in some sort of audiovisual format and the author of the content has legal ownership of the material. Copyright infringement remains common though, as websites such as youtube.com struggle to keep up with the amount of copyright infringing material uploaded to their website. If the law and website usage were reformed so that sites such as youtube paid copyright on audiovisual material to the copyright holder so that users could upload any content they want, this could possibly lead to the general public archiving their own audiovisual heritage organically as a result in their own interest.

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