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Fall 2005 - Tuesdays 6-10pm, Rm 651

Introduction to Moving Image Archiving and Preservation H72.1800

Syllabus 1.6
(also see Fall 2004 or  Fall 2003 syllabus)

(latest version of syllabus always at http://www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation/program/05fall/intro-syllabus.shtml )

Instructors: Howard Besser; Ann Harris - ann.harris@nyu.edu, 212-998-1606

IMPORTANT NOTE to non-MIAP students:

Several items related to the class will be covered with the MIAP students during orientation.  Here is a summary of them:
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Sept 6 Introduction to Entire Class (HB, AH)

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Sept 13 Modes & Artifacts of Moving Image Production: General Discussion & Film (AH)

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Sept 20 Modes and Artifacts of Moving Image Production: Video and New Media; Issues of Risk Assessment with all forms of Moving Image Works (AH)

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Sept 27  Perspectives on Collecting, Conservation & Preservation (AH)

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Oct 4*   Collections Management: Issues and Approaches (AH)

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Oct 11  Collecting in Context: Theoretical Underpinnings (HB)

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For Next Week

Oct 18 Collecting Institutions: History and Culture of Museums, Archives, and other Repositories (HB)

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Oct 25 Film Preservation Issues (AH)

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Nov 1 Video & Audio Preservation Issues (HB, AH)

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Nov 8 New Media & Digital Preservation Issues (HB)

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Nov 15  Access, Curating & Programming (HB)

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Nov 22  Thanksgiving Holiday (no class)

Nov 29 Copyright, Legal Issues, & Policy (HB)

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Dec 6 Final Classroom Presentations (AH, HB)

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Major Assignments

Examples of student work from 2003-2004 

Group Project -- Case Study of Production History : In this assignment, groups of 3 to 4 students will collaborate to create a case study that will be instructive in the identification and selection of moving image and sound material. Each group will conduct 2 case studies that, through text and image, demonstrate the production process for a particular project or mode of production including:

Imagine the audience for the case study is moving image and archiving professionals who will utilize the information as they begin sorting and processing a collection. The case study should be concise and easy to read, but with sufficient detail for the task. Visual aids such as for key formats, special labeling, examples of documentation, database screenshots, etc., will also be helpful.

To gain the necessary knowledge, the groups must conduct an audio or video interview of one person per case study. In some cases, print and electronic resources may be available or helpful.

Orphans Assignment
-- Research Context of Historical news clips: In groups of 3 or 4, you will be given a 4-15 minute VHS clip of nonfiction footage from the late 1920s or early 1930s from the collection of the NewsFilm Library at the University of South Carolina. You will also have access to a temporary cataloging record for the clip by searching the catalog of the NewsFilm Library. Your assignment is to research the context of this clip.  All these clips are in the process of being restored, and the restored versions will be screened at the Orphans Film Symposium in early 2006. What you find out about the clip will likely be presented there as well, as was much of last year's student work.  You will need to turn in both a written paper (both the paper and word-processed version) and a Powerpoint presentation (which you will present in class and hand in the file to Alicia). Individual Final Project -- student choice, but must be related to something covered during the semester: A major term project.  Topic must be approved by one of the instructors by Oct 14. Must be presented in class during the last class sessions, and a written component must be turned in. Below are a few examples: