Tuesdays, 6-10 PM, room 651, Fall 2005
Besser & Ann Harris
Introduction to Moving Image
& Preservation H72.1800
New Media & Digital Issues (HB)
Assignments due before class:
- NOTE: We'll
in Bobst Library, the West Room in Avery Fisher Center (walk towards
the front desk of Avery Fisher, then turn right) and then move to the
Library Conservation Labs for the first half of the class
- View video Into the Future: On the Preservation of
Knowledge in the Digital Age. Available at the Bobst Library and in the
Film Study Center.
- Besser, Howard (2001). Digital
Preservation of Moving Image Materia l,The Moving Image,
Fall, pages 39-55
- Besser, Howard (2000). Digital
Longevity , in Maxine K. Sitts (ed.) Handbook for Digital
Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access
- Andover Mass: Northeast Document Conservation Center,
the Rhizome ArtBase . Richard Rinehart
- Richard Rinehart, "
Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Variable Media
," D-Lib Magazine, 8 (5), May 2002
- Rinehart, Richard," The Straw that
Broke the Museum's Back? Collecting and Preserving Digital Media Art
Works for the Next Century "
- Besser, Howard (1997). The
Transformation of the Museum and the way itís Perceived ,
in Katherine Jones-Garmil (ed.), The Wired Museum, Washington:
American Association of Museums, pages 153-169
- Variable Media case study (from monograph)
- "Quick Reference Guide for Care and Handling" (see
Checklist" in Byers, Fred R.. Care and Handling
Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs - A Guide for Librarians and
Archivists. (24 June 2003).
- Guest: Melitte
Buchman, Digital Conversion Specialist, NYU Digital Library
- Visit to Bobst Video/Audio reformatting Lab
- NYU Cataloging Templete
- Introduction NYU/Public Television preservation project
- Knowing more about digital media artifacts, what does that
tell you about risks to the material? What about its needs for
description and care?
- What are some of the major issues with new media
- What are the major issues facing moving image and sound
archivists in the "digital age"?
- What are some of the practicalities that preservationists
- What theories and predictions are being advanced?
- Does this evidential value change when materials are
reformatted?What are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping
different versions of materials?
- What is different between the preservation needs of material
that is "born digital" and that which has been digitized?
- Is it possible to preserve digital materials unchanged?
- What are the strengths and limitations of the various
proposed methods of digital preservation for different uses of cultural
- As the digital world moves toward multiple uses and viewing
works from different angles, how does this affect notions of context
and its preservation?
- How do digital objects challenge traditional archival notions
of evidence? Can ways be found to authenticate digital works, and
track provenance and versioning?
- Documentaries, Actuality Footage, media art, installation art,
- Documentation, treatment
- Current Events:
Fear Research and Lectures May be Illegal, UK Guardian, Nov
in the library, UK Guardian, Nov 8, 2005
Press Companies on Internet Rights Issues, NY Times, Nov 8, 2005
Calls It Quits on Sharing Music Files, NY Times, Nov 8, 2005
and CBS to Sell Reruns for 99 Cents Each, NY Times, Nov 8, 2005
Your Trail of Digital Fingerprints, NY Times, Nov 7, 2005
Plans to Connect Services With TiVo, NY Times, Nov 7, 2005
That on Rye, or in Writing?, NY Times, Nov 4, 2005
Sale: Our Permanent Collection, Lee Rosenbaum, NY Times, Nov 2, 2005
'War and Peace' Online? How About 20 Pages at a Time?, NY Times,
Nov 4, 2005
Fogerty Is Closer to Peace With a Label, NY Times, Nov 1, 2005
Strange Case of the Spoofer Captured by a Spoof, NY Times, Nov 1,
Effort to Reach Christians Is Disputed, NY Times, Nov 2, 2005
Your Trail of Digital Fingerprints, NY Times, Nov. 7, 2005