Added on 23 February 2021

avprevFirst released to members on World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the DPC is pleased to announce the launch of its latest Technology Watch Report, Pragmatic Audiovisual Preservation by Ashley Blewer. 

A specialist in video, digital preservation workflows and infrastructure, Ashley currently works for Artefactual and acknowledged that the preservation of audiovisual materials remains a challenging topic, saying: “Moving beyond the complexity of audiovisual materials and the urgency around digitization, concepts related to significant technical characteristics and the impact each has on digital audiovisual files can be very daunting.”

Her report for the DPC, Pragmatic Audiovisual Preservation, aims to provide easily digestible – and pragmatic - guidance for practitioners with a basic knowledge of digital preservation concepts and archival practices, but without expertise in audiovisual materials.

“This report provides a foundation in the basics of audiovisual preservation and delivers practical steps on taking forward the preservation of these materials in typical organisational settings,” explains Paul Wheatley, Head of Research and Practice for the DPC. “I am sure that organizations of all sizes will find it useful, as it sets out guidelines to moving image and sound preservation and features case studies from a wide range of institutions.”

Further Technology Watch Reports on a range of digital preservation topics are planned for release in the coming months.

The Technology Watch publication series is just one of the ways the not-for-profit DPC supports the digital preservation community. An international advocate for digital preservation, the Coalition helps its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance.

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