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NDIIPP and the Online Video Revolution

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It barely needs to be said that video is a great way to get ideas across in a succinct and entertaining manner.

But with the increased acceleration of broadband internet adoption, videos are increasingly becoming a primary information source (and search engines are recognizing this).

The digital preservation community is only beginning to get into video in a big way.

NDIIPP has produced a series of videos over the past six years that touch on digital stewardship issues that are as diverse as NDIIPP’s interests: the challenges of data packaging for preservation; innovative approaches to web archiving; how young people are addressing digital stewardship issues; and many others.

Siva Vaidhyanathan at the Library of Congress on March 25, 2011
Siva Vaidhyanathan at the Library of Congress on March 25, 2011

This “Digital Preservation Video Series” will continue to expand, and we welcome your ideas on areas we should cover.

We also have had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting lecturers to the Library, and we’ve recorded many of their presentations and made them available for viewing in the comfort of your own home.

These include talks by Gordon Bell of Microsoft Research; Siva Vaidhyanathan, the author of the Googlization of Everything and the “The Anarchist in the Library”; Tim O’Reilly, the founder of O’Reilly Media; and many others.

Additionally, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working Group has a “Storytellers” action team that is working to make videos of some of the most compelling digital preservation stories they can find. Submit your story now!

In addition to the video activity we’re directly involved in, we’ve also tried to highlight some of our favorite digital stewardship-oriented videos from around the web and around the world.

A still from the Team Digital Preservation and the Planets Testbed video
A still from the Team Digital Preservation and the Planets Testbed video

These include the series of “Team Digital Preservation” videos from Digital Preservation Europe; a CBS Sunday Morning segment on “Dealing With Data Rot”; and a Voice of America video on the size of the Library’s digital collections.

Other interesting digital stewardship-related videos we’ve uncovered include:

  • “Digital Antiquities,” a dramatic short about a future where only a handful of small businesses in the world have the expertise to recover data from pre-cloud devices

Have you made a video that you want to share? What are your favorite digital preservation and stewardship videos?

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