Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

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Fall 2005 Speaker Series

A Mexican Experience in the Care of Audiovisual Collections and Archives

Friday, October 14th
530–630 PM
Room 656

Mexican Conservator Fernando Osorio will report on his experiences in the preservation of some of the most important audiovisual collections in Mexico an the challenges faced by moving image professionals outside of the USA. Special attention will be placed on current preservation trends and new initiatives by Mexican conservators in education and training in these areas. In the second part of the talk he will recount his experience working with the earliest known Mexican daguerrotypes in teh Gabriel Cromer Collection at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

Fernando Osorio is currently a consultant and preofessor in photography conservation at the National School of Conservation in Mexico. He has spent more than 27 years working in the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation. IN 1975 he founded the Luis Bunuel Film archive in Puebla, Mexico. Sine then, he has held posts at major audiovisual institutions in Mexico. Professor Osorio is a member of UNESCO's Memory of the World Program. He received and MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a scholar in residence at the George Eastman House.

Light refreshments will be served in the 6th floor lounge from 6:30-7:30.

Text as Lodes of Metadata for Indexing Moving Images

Friday, October 28th
5:30–6:30 PM
Room 656

Text is crafted using an amazing toolkit consisting of only twenty-six letters, at least in the Latin alphabet used by most western languages. However, no such handy toolkit is available for crafting images, and this reality causes computer science reseaerchers infinite trouble in finding ways to retrieve useful images from databases in response to a query. Fortunately, text and images combine quite naturally, and this alliance can be put to good use by information scientists when indexing images. Because of certain properties of moving images, a great deal of textual information created in the processes of making them can be mined for indexing terms helpful in retrieving images from databases. In this talk we will identify some of the text lodes available, explain why mining them needs to be automated, discuss some of the information science research showing how this might happen, and speculate on how the information science and computer science approaches might work together in building effective information systems for managing moving images.

James M Turner is a professor at the Ecole de Bibliotheconomie et des sciences de l'information, Universite de Montreal. He received his PhD in information science from the University of Toronto in 1994. His research activities are focused on storage and retrieval of still and moving images, indexing images, metadata for digital images in a networked environment, and preservation of digital images. He teaches in the areas of multimedia information systems, managing visual and sound information and moving image archives, and preservation of digital information. More information about his professional activities is available from his website

Light refreshments will be served in the 6th floor lounge from 6:30-7:30pm.

Classic / Rare / Lost: Tales of Selection and Survival in Film History

Friday, November 18th DATE TBA
Room 656

While we are told that half of American films made before 1950 are lost, most film history is written around the films that survive and are available. Why do some films survive when others do not? What has been the role of archives, owners and collectors? And to what extent have those selection decisions influenced our view of the 'canon' of classic cinema?

David Pierce is an archivist and historian. He was Curator and head of preservation at the National Film and Television Archive at the BFI from 2001 to 2004. His consulting work in copyright led to buying and licensing rights to films, most notably the 1924 version of Peter Pan. He has written for several film journals and is currently researching color in American film from 1914-1934. Mr. Pierce is currently working on a project for the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division and the UCLA Film and Television Archivein support of their future access activities.

Light refreshments will be served in the 6th floor lounge from 6:30-7:30pm.