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The Library of Congress guide to Personal Archiving for preserving digital memories

Personal Digital Archiving 2013 presentation by Seth Anderson


GLOSSARY of terms

Audiovisual conservation: The process and activities which result in the stabilization and protection of original audiovisual elements. Often involving inspection, cleaning and repair of those materials.

Difference between conservation, preservation and restoration: In the preservation field, there are varied definitions for each of these words all of which are sometimes used interchangeably. Preservation is often used as a blanket term for any of these words. ALCF defines these categories as follows: Conservation: The process and activities resulting in the stabilization and protection of the audiovisual original elements, but usually does not include the copying or duplicating of those materials to the same format. Preservation: The activities necessary to protect audiovisual materials from decay and to assure that those materials will continue to exist as close to their original forms as possible. These activities often include the creation of new elements (which haven’t suffered the decay of time) in the same format (without generation loss). Preservation also includes proper storage conditions and recently often includes accessibility. Restoration: A process that goes beyond the steps of conservation or preservation and into reconstruction of the most authentic version of a film, video and/or audio element.

Audiovisual preservation: Although there are varied opinions for what’s specifically considered “audiovisual preservation”, a common definition is, a continuum of activities necessary to protect audiovisual materials from decay and to assure that those materials will continue to exist as close to their original forms as possible. This includes ensuring their longevity, and more and more involves sharing the preserved content with the public. Audiovisual materials are analog audio and video formats, digital audio and video formats, and film.

Digital audiovisual preservation (Digital media management): Wikipedia defines this process as, a formal endeavor to ensure that digital information of continuing value remains accessible and usable. ALCF considers this process keeping digital files (of varying qualities, i.e. master; mezzanine; access) on drives, converting files to contemporary formats and drives approximately every two years.

Digital transfer: A process of transferring analog or digital audio or moving image recordings onto a contemporary digital format called a codec which will result in a digital file such as a ProRes422, Quicktime, Mpeg4, etc. that can be played on a computer.  

More glossary of terms coming soon - including definitions and links to other resources which offer more specifics on terminology.