Using Open Source and Free Tools for AV Digital Preservation Workflows


Archiving and preservation consists of technology, people and policies. For technology in particular, digital audiovisual (AV) archives are largely indebted and beholden to a few sizable industries: cinema, broadcast, and information technology. Commercial interests catering to the aforementioned industries have produced a seemingly attractive toolset that has the potential to provide archives with the ability to apply their policies in service of preservation-oriented workflows. Yet, even in the hands of larger well-resourced organizations, employing these tools can be challenging and resource intensive. How can smaller, resource-constrained AV archives efficiently apply cost effective tools and technologies to their workflows? This article by Kara Van Malssen was originally published in AV Insider, Issue 2, September 2012.

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