How Open Source Audiovisual Tools Help Archivists (And You Too!)

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm

Excerpt

This talk will hype several "homemade" open source video tools specific to the audiovisual digital preservation field built on broadly-used existing open source tools such as FFmpeg and mediainfo. We will discuss how these communities have grown to benefit the field of archiving and how we've grown to be able to give back to the main communities.

Description

This talk will hype several “homemade” open source video tools specific to the audiovisual digital preservation field built on broadly-used existing open source tools such as FFmpeg and mediainfo.

As technology advances, archivists have an imperative to be at the front of these advances in order to handle the complex processing of increasingly digital media, or analog media that has been converted to digital for preservation purposes. Archival education unfortunately tends to lag behind, so archivists have had to diversify their on-the-job skills to include script-writing and light software development to manage and automate tasks for handling large quantities of complex media. By winning grants to write open source software and sharing small microservice scripts on Github, archivists are able to help each other by sharing code.

Here are some but not all of the projects we intend to cover in this talk:

Audiorecorder: An interactive script based tool for the calibration and recording of analog audio sources.

ffmprovisr: a website to help archivists learn how to understand open source tool ffmpeg.

QCTools: a graphical user interface developed to analyze and track errors in digitized analog media, based on ffmpeg/ffprobe functionality

MediaConch: software created to perform file validation checking for preservation-level video files and local cultural heritage policies for all preservation file formats

Thanks to the enthusiasm of open source software by archivists, archivists have now started integrating support back into larger communities by discovering esoteric bugs, funding development work to major libraries, testing prerelease software packages, and contributing patches. Hopefully these tools will be useful to you too!

This talk is written to benefit any audience level.

Tags

audiovisual, digital preservation, archiving, community building, tools

Speaking experience

Ashley speaking experience
iPRES 2016: <a href="https://ipr16.organizers-congress.org/frontend/index.php?page_id=1151&v=List&do=0&day=52">Status of CELLAR: Update from an IETF Working Group for Matroska and FFV1</a> <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1i31RE5pQM0SHm8Y_OYm9mt9RtH-OVmvjRjVayDr7vzw/edit?usp=sharing">[slides]</a> | <a href="img/blewer_rice_ipres_status_of_cellar.pdf">[whitepaper]</a>
No Time To Wait! Symposium: <a href="https://github.com/preforma/notimetowait">[videos, slides, notes]</a>
Northeast Historic Film 2016: Buying Lobster Rolls With Linden Dollars: Virtual Tourism and Digital Visions of New England in Second Life and Beyond: <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/132MQalXuO1Yn3xLuw29i1apN1K80TixgXZWMhMkf7cs/edit#slide=id.g11599e9a64_0_7">[slides]</a> | <a href="https://vimeo.com/174605137">[video]</a>
Code4lib 2016: Free your workflows (and the rest will follow): community-driven AV solutions through open source workflow development <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/free_your_workflows/#/">[slides]</a> | <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSlJr8L8dpA&feature=youtu.be&t=53m50s">[video]</a>
IASA 2015: MediaConch <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gE0SqGE0-MAJgOS2nXNvf0T-ILXEj1PXqtovFQfSZFY/edit">[slides]</a>
AMIA 2015 (kinda): Advice for New Grads <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/amia15_advice/#/">[slides]</a> | <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/blog/2016/09/23/facing-fear-first/">[blog]</a>
AMIA 2015: Validate Your Digital Assets: PREFORMA, MediaConch and File Compliance <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/mediaconch_amia15/#/">[slides]</a>
AMIA 2015: Seeding and Leeching: Collaborative Preservation using BitTorrent <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KcdH0I9vGEHJyDolYwxFGkimA80srjAQf_FCSKac3ec/edit?usp=sharing">[slides]</a>
!!Con 2015: Don't know about you, but I'm feeling like SHA-2! <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/taylorswift/#/">[slides]</a> | <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QgamEwwPro">[video]</a>
Personal Digital Archiving 2015: Don't know about you, but I'm feeling like SHA-2! <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/feeling_like_sha2/#/">[slides]</a> | <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y428qkwEkLQ">[video]</a>
Personal Digital Archiving 2015: Does BitTorrent + Private Trackers = The New Film Archive? <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TUHK-uqA2UMi3yi37Zej3M9KdCXM71ObPRtceDxl-ZA/edit?usp=sharing">[slides]</a> | <a href="https://archive.org/details/PDA2015">[video]</a>
Code4lib 2015: PreForma Project <a href="http://ablwr.github.io/c4l_preforma/#/">[slides]</a> | <a href="http://youtu.be/G7kgcZh2zeY?t=2h20m33s">[video]</a>

Andrew speaking experience
"Planning for Preservation in Public Media: An AAPB NDSR Update." AMIA Annual Conference 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. 11/12/2016.
"Expanding Access Through Music: The Adrian Cowell Films and Research Collection." Poster. IASA Annual Conference 2016. Washington, DC. 09/27/2016.
"Building a Digital Preservation Community in Public Broadcasting." IASA Annual Conference 2016. Washington, DC. 09/26/2016.
"Keeping it Real: Providing Access to Physical Collections." AMIA Annual Conference 2015. Portland, OR. 11/21/2015.
"Expanding Access Through Music: The Adrian Cowell Films and Research Collection." AMIA Annual Conference 2015. Portland, OR. 11/19/2015.
"Odds and Sods: The Hidden Music of the Adrian Cowell Films and Research Collection." Fifty Years of Opium and Conflict in the Shan State of Burma: A Visual Retrospective. Seattle, WA. 5/30/2015.
"Odds and Sods: The Hidden Music of the Adrian Cowell Films and Research Collection." Pacific Northwest Music Librarians Association. Eugene, OR. 5/5/2015.
"Media Archives and Japan Studies Time Based Media. UW Libraries Japanologists' Colloquium." Seattle, WA. 2/2/2015.

Speakers

  • Papmog4x

    Biography

    Ashley Blewer is an audiovisual archivist, technologist, and enthusiast. She works as an Applications Developer at the New York Public Library, formerly as a web developer and digital archives consultant. She has previously worked in the private sector as an integrations engineer and at the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections as a cataloging manager. She cares about education (especially in tech), access (especially to moving images), the act of creation (especially on the web), and good archival practice (especially with digital formats). She holds Master of Library and Information Science (Archives) and Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the Flatiron School’s Web Immersive program. She is an active contributor to MediaConch, a open source digital video file conformance checker software project, and QCTools, an open source digitized video analysis software project.

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  • Andrew Weaver

    American Archive of Public Broadcasting NDSR

    Biography

    Andrew Weaver is a Seattleite and 2015 graduate of the University of Washington’s Information School. He is currently a member of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s 2016-2017 NDSR cohort at CUNY Television in New York. Previously he worked extensively with analog and digital A/V materials in the University of Washington Libraries. When he isn’t extracting metadata or trying to align azimuths, he enjoys reading books and skimboarding on the Puget Sound.

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