Upcoming Webinar: Building AAPB Participation into Digitization Grant Proposals

Building AAPB Participation into Digitization Grant Proposals: Requirements, Recommendations and Workflows

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
12:00pm ET

Webinar Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/lWWU5GgFkv09bNFi2
Direct meeting URL: http://wgbh1.adobeconnect.com/aapb_grant-proposals-1/

Curious about getting involved in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)?

Seeking information about the workflows and requirements for contributing digitized content and/or metadata to the AAPB?

Writing a grant proposal and want to explore collaborating with the AAPB to preserve copies of your digitized collections and/or provide an access point to your collections through the AAPB metadata portal?

Then this webinar is for you!

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12:00pm ET, the AAPB will host a webinar focused on grant writing for digitization and subsequent contribution of digital files and metadata to the AAPB.

By the end of this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • AAPB’s background and infrastructure,
  • how contributing to the AAPB could benefit your collection
  • steps to becoming an AAPB contributor,
  • metadata and digital file format requirements and recommendations,
  • delivery procedures, and
  • other workflows and considerations for contributing digital files and/or metadata to the AAPB.
  • the value of your collection as part of a national collection and how to express that in a proposal

Attendees will also receive advice on how to incorporate AAPB contribution into their CLIR Recordings at Risk (applications due February 9, 2018!), CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections, or other grant proposal timelines and work plans.

Fill out this brief form to receive info about future webinars and to receive a webinar meeting invitation sent to your calendar: https://goo.gl/forms/lWWU5GgFkv09bNFi2

Anyone can join the webinar at this URL: http://wgbh1.adobeconnect.com/aapb_grant-proposals-1/

This webinar and future AAPB webinars are generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. To date, over 50,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and almost 25,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.

“Dockerized” Kaldi Speech-to-Text Tool

At the AAPB “Crowdsourcing Anecdotes” meeting last Friday at the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference, I talked about a free “Dockerized” build of Kaldi made by Stephen McLaughlin, PHD student at UT Austin School of Information. I thought I would follow up on my introduction to it there by providing links to these resources, instructions for setting it up, and some anecdotes about using it. First, the best resource for this Docker Kaldi and Stephen’s work is here in the HiPSTAS Github: https://github.com/hipstas/kaldi-pop-up-archive. It also has detailed information for setting up and running the Docker Kaldi.

I confess that I don’t know much about computer programming and engineering besides what I need to get my work done. I am an archivist and I eagerly continue to gain more computer skills, but some of my terminology here might be kinda wrong or unclear. Anyways, Kaldi is a free speech-to-text tool that interprets audio recordings and outputs timestamped JSON and text files. This “Dockerized” Kaldi allows you to easily get a version of Kaldi running on pretty much any reasonably powerful computer. The recommended minimum is at least 6gb of RAM, and I’m not sure about the CPU. The more of both the better, I’m sure.

The Docker platform provides a framework to easily download and set up a computer environment in which Kaldi can run. Kaldi is pretty complicated, but Stephen’s Docker image (https://hub.docker.com/r/hipstas/kaldi-pop-up-archive) helps us all bypass setting up Kaldi. As a bonus, it comes set up with the language model that PopUp Archive created as part of our IMLS grant (link here) with them and HiPSTAS. They trained the model using AAPB recordings. Kaldi needs a trained language model dataset to interpret audio data put through the system. Because this build of Kaldi uses the PopUp Archive model, it is already trained for American English.

I set up my Docker on my Mac laptop, so the rest of the tutorial will focus on that system, but the GitHub has information for Windows or Linux and those are not very different. By the way, these instructions will probably be really easy for people that are used to interacting with tools in the command line, but I am going to write this post as if the reader hasn’t done that much. I will also note that while this build of Kaldi is really exciting and potentially useful, especially given all the fighting I’ve done with these kinds of systems in my career, I didn’t test it thoroughly because it is only Stephen’s experiment complimenting the grant project. I’d love to get feedback on issues you might encounter! Also I’ve got to thank Stephen and HiPSTAS!! THANK YOU Stephen!!

SET UP AND USE:

The first step is to download Docker (https://www.docker.com/). You then need to go into Docker’s preferences, under Advanced, and make sure that Docker has access to at least 6gb of RAM. Add more if you’d like.

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Give Docker more power!

Then navigate to the Terminal and pull Stephen’s Docker image for Kaldi. The command is “docker pull -a hipstas/kaldi-pop-up-archive”. (Note: Stephen’s GitHub says that you can run the pull without options, but I got errors if I ran it without “-a”). This is a big 12gb download, so go do something else while it finishes. I ate some Thanksgiving leftovers.

When everything is finished downloading, set up the image by running the command “docker run -it –name kaldi_pua –volume ~/Desktop/audio_in/:/audio_in/ hipstas/kaldi-pop-up-archive:v1”. This starts the Kaldi Docker image and creates a new folder on your desktop where you can add media files you want to run through Kaldi. This is also the place where Kaldi will write the output. Add some media to the folder BUT NOTE: the filenames cannot have spaces or uncommon characters or Kaldi will fail. My test of this setup ran well on some short mp4s. Also, your Terminal will now be controlling the Docker image, so your command line prompt will look different than it did, and you won’t be “in” your computer’s file system until you exit the Docker image.

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Now you need to download the script that initiates the Kaldi process. The command to download it is “wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hipstas/kaldi-pop-up-archive/master/setup.sh”. Once that is downloaded to the audio_in folder (and you’ve added media to the same folder) you can run a batch by executing the command “sh ./setup.sh”.

Kaldi will run through a batch, and a ton of text will continue to roll through your Terminal. Don’t be afraid that it is taking forever. Kaldi is meant to run on very powerful computers, and running it this way is slow. I tested on a 30 minute recording, and it took 2.5 hrs to process. It will go faster the more computing power you assign permission for Docker to use, but it is reasonable to assume that on most computers the time to process will be around 5 times the recording length.

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Picture of Kaldi doing its thing

The setup script converts wav, mp3, and mp4 to a 16khz broadcast WAV, which is the input that Kaldi requires. You might need to manually convert your media to broadcast WAV if the setup script doesn’t work. I started out by test a broadcast WAV that I made myself with FFmpeg, but Kaldi and/or the setup script didn’t like it. I didn’t resolve that problem because the Kaldi image runs fine on media that it converts itself, so that saves me the trouble anyways.

When Kaldi is done processing, the text output will be in the “audio_in” folder, in the “transcripts” folder. There will be both a JSON and txt file for every recording processed, named the same as the original media file. The quality of the output depends greatly on the original quality of the recording, and how closely the recording resembles the language model (in this case, a studio recording of individuals speaking standard American English). That said, we’ve had some pretty good results in our tests. NOTE THAT if you haven’t assigned enough power to Docker, Kaldi will fail to process, and will do so without reporting an error. The failed files will create output JSON and txt files that are blank. If you’re having trouble try adding more RAM to Docker, or checking that your media file is successfully converting to broadcast WAV.

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When you want to return your terminal to normal, use the command “exit” to shut down the image and return to your file system.

When you want to start the Kaldi image again to run another batch, open another session by running “docker start /kaldi_pua” and then “docker exec -it kaldi_pua bash”. You’ll then be in the Kaldi image and can run the batch with the “sh ./setup.sh” command.

I am sure that there are ways to update or modify the language model, or to use a different model, or to add different scripts to the Docker Kaldi, or to integrate it into bigger workflows. I haven’t spent much time exploring any of that, but I hope you found this post a helpful start. We’re going to keep it in mind as we build up our speech-to-text workflows, and we’ll be sure to share any developments. Happy speech-to-texting!!

Where Does Your #GivingTuesday Donation Go?

For #GivingTuesday, please consider donating to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting! Help us continue to preserve and make accessible the archives and legacy of public media from across the nation.
A donation directly enables us to, among other things:

  • Grow the amount of content available to the public in our Online Reading Room
  • Improve our website with new features and improve functionality and discoverability of the collection
  • Sustain AAPB technical infrastructure so that we can continue to provide online access to the collection

Thank you for helping us keep over 60 years of American History at the fingertips of the next generation. Make a donation here: http://americanarchive.org/donate.

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Last Week of #PubMedia50: Current Initiatives and Memorabilia

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Five weeks ago we started our month-long commemoration of the 50thanniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 7, 1967. The goal of each challenge was to engage in community, discover histories, share those stories with the public, and start dialogues. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your participation and look forward to seeing your posts this week on Current Initiatives and Memorabilia!

Show us your posters, commercials, first logos, historic photographs, and mascots! How are you using your preserved history? What initiatives are you working on now?

 

We invite public broadcasting organizations, museums, archives, libraries, historians, public media fans, and other cultural organizations to personalize #PubMedia50 and share the stories in your own holdings and memories.

See you there!

To get started–

Example Tweets:

“We’re teaming up with @amarchivepub and #PubMedia50 stations to celebrate #PubMedia! Join in and share your history & content!”

“We’re joining @amarchivepub in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act at #PubMedia50!”

Instagram/Facebook Post:

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, we’ll be posting content to celebrate the history and preservation of public broadcasting! Teaming up with @amarchivepub, #PubMedia50 stations, academics, and community members we’ll have a new #PubMedia50 theme each week. Join the conversation by tagging your post with #PubMedia50.

  • You can follow us here:

Instagram: @amarchivepub

Facebook: @amarchivepub

Twitter: @amarchivepub

Join the Conversation at the 2017 Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference

Next week, American Archive of Public Broadcasting staff are hosting at several workshops on workflows, crowdsourcing, and copyright at the 2017 Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference in New Orleans!

Check out sessions and events featuring presentations by AAPB staff below. We hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend the conference, follow along with the conversations on Twitter at #AMIA17!

THURSDAY, November 30th

  • 1pm – 2pm, PBCore Advisory Sub-Committee Meeting
    Rebecca Fraimow will report on general activities of the Sub-Committee and the PBCore Development and Training Project. The following current activities will also be presented:

PBCore Cataloging Tool (Linda Tadic)
PBCore MediaInfo updates (Dave Rice)
ProTrack integration (Rebecca Fraimow)
Updated CSV templates (Sadie Roosa)
PBCore crosswalks (Rebecca Fraimow and Sadie Roosa)

FRIDAY, Dec 1st

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Let the Computer and the Public do the Metadata Work!
    Speakers: Karen Cariani, Senior Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives & AAPB Project Director
    Tali Singer, Pop Up Archive
    Tanya Clement, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information

Archives that hold A/V materials are at a critical point, with many cultural heritage institutions needing to take immediate action to safeguard at-risk media formats before the content they contain is lost forever. Yet, many in the cultural heritage communities do not have sufficient education and training in how to handle the special needs that A/V archive materials present. In the summer of 2015, a handful of archive educators and students formed a pan-institutional group to help foster “educational opportunities in audiovisual archiving for those engaged in the cultural heritage sector.” The AV Competency Framework Working Group is developing a set of competencies for audiovisual archive training of students in graduate-level education programs and in continuing education settings. In this panel, core members of the working group will discuss the main goals of the project and the progress that has been made on it thus far.

  • 4:45 – 5:45 pm, Good Enough to Best, Tiered Born-Digital AV Processing
    Speakers: Rebecca Fraimow, Project Manager, WGBH Media Library and Archives
    Erica Titkemeyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Julia Kim, Library of Congress

Born-Digital audiovisual files continue to present a conundrum to archivists in the field today: should they be accepted as-is, transcoded, or migrated? Is transcoding to a recommended preservation format always worth the potential extra storage space and staff time? If so, what are the ideal target specifications? In this presentation, individuals working closely with born-digital audiovisual content from the University of North Carolina, WGBH, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Conference will present their own use cases involving collections processing practices, from “best practice” to the practical reality of “good enough”. These use cases will highlight situations wherein video quality, subject matter, file size and stakeholder expectations end up playing important roles in directing the steps taken for preservation. From these experiences, the panel will put forth suggestions for tiered preservation decision making, recognizing that not all files should necessarily be treated alike.

  • 5:45 – 6:45 pm, Crowdsourcing Anecdotes

Room: Arcadian I

THE QUESTION: How does the public play a role in making historical AV content accessible? The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has launched two games that engage the public in transcribing and describing 70+ years of audio and visual content comprising more than 50,000 hours.

Join us to hear lessons learned, give us feedback on our open source FIX IT game and Zooniverse “ROLL THE CREDITS” project, find out how to build an AV-focused Zooniverse project and make use of recently released speech-to-text Kaldi language models. There might also be New Orleans-themed surprise…

 THE TOOLS: 

(Speech-to-Text Transcript Correction)

Fixit

FIX IT is an online game that allows the public to identify and correct errors in our machine-generated transcripts. FIX IT players have exclusive access to historic content and long-lost interviews from stations across the country. Website: fixit.americanarchive.org.

AAPB KALDI is a tool and profile for speech-to-text transcription of video and audio, released by the Pop Up Archive and made available on Github at github.com/WGBH/american-archive-kaldi.

(Program Credits Cataloging)

Roll

ROLL THE CREDITS is a game that allows the public to identify and transcribe information about the text that appears on the screen in so many television broadcasts. ROLL THE CREDITS asks users to collect this valuable information and classify it into categories that can be added to the AAPB catalog. To accomplish this goal, we’ve extracted frames from uncataloged video files and are asking for help to transcribe the important information contained in each frame.

SATURDAY, Dec 2nd

  • 9:45 – 10:45 am, Put it on your Bucket List: Navigating Copyright to Expose Digital AV Collections at Scale
    Speakers: Casey Davis Kaufman, Associate Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives & Project Manager, American Archive of Public Broadcasting
    Jay Fialkov, Deputy General Counsel, WGBH
    Hope O’Keeffe, Associate General Counsel, Library of Congress

Digitized collections often remain almost as inaccessible as they were on their original analog carriers, primarily due to institutional concerns about copyright infringement and privacy. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has taken steps to overcome these challenges, making available online more than 22,000 historic programs with zero take-down notices since the 2015 launch. This copyright session will highlight practical and successful strategies for making collections available online. The panel will share strategies for: 1) developing template forms with standard terms to maximize use and access, 2) developing a rights assessment framework with limited resources (an institutional “Bucket Policy”), 3) providing limited access to remote researchers for content not available in the Online Reading Room, and 4) promoting access through online crowdsourcing initiatives.

  • 11am – 12 pm, Building the AAPB: Inter-Institutional Preservation and Access Workflows
    Speakers: Charles Hosale, Special Projects Assistant, WGBH/AAPB
    Leslie Bourgeois, Archivist, Louisana Public Broadcasting
    Ann Wilkens, Archivist, Wisconsin Public Television
    Rachel Curtis, AAPB Project Coordinator, Library of Congress

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting seeks to preserve and make accessible significant historical public media content, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media recordings. In the four years since WGBH and the Library of Congress began stewardship of the project, significant steps have been taken towards accomplishing these goals. The effort has inspired workflows that function constructively, beginning with preservation at local stations and building to national accessibility on the AAPB. Archivists from two contributing public broadcasters will present their institutions’ local preservation and access workflows. Representatives from WGBH and the Library of Congress will discuss collaborating with contributors and the AAPB’s digital preservation and access workflows. By sharing their institutions’ roles and how collaborators participate, the speakers will present a full picture of the AAPB’s constructive inter-institutional work. Attendees will gain knowledge of practical workflows that facilitate both local and national AV preservation and access.

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Preservation is Painless: A Guide to Outsourced AV Digitization Project Management
    Speakers: Biz Maher Gallo, George Blood Audio/Video/Film/Data
    Charles Hosale, WGBH Media Library & Archives
    Robin Pike, University of Maryland Libraries
    Emily Vinson, University of Houston Libraries
    Rebecca Holte, New York Public Library
    Erica Titkemeyer, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries
    Kimbery Tarr, New York University Libraries

As an increasing number of audiovisual formats become obsolete and the available hours remaining on deteriorating playback machines decrease, it is essential for institutions to digitize their AV holdings to ensure long-term preservation and access. With an estimated hundreds of millions of items to digitize, it is impractical, even impossible, that institutions would be able to perform all of this work in-house before time runs out.  While this can seem like a daunting process, why learn the hard way when you can benefit from the experiences of others? From those embarking on their first outsourced AV digitization project to those who have completed successful projects but are looking for ways to refine and scale up their process, everyone has something to learn from these speakers about managing AV digitization projects from start to finish.

  • Poster Session – Design for Context: Cataloging and Linked Data for Exposing National Educational Television (NET) Content
    Presenters: Sadie Roosa, Project Manager, National Educational Television Collection Catalog Project
    Rachel Curtis, AAPB Project Coordinator, Library of Congress
    Christopher Pierce, Metadata Specialist, Library of Congress

How do you bring together a collection of broadcast materials scattered in various geographical locations across the country? National Education Television (NET), the precursor to PBS, distributed programs nationally to educational television stations from 1954-1972. Although this collection is tied together through provenance, it presents a challenge to processing due to differing approaches in descriptive practices across many repositories over many years. By aggregating inventories into one catalog and describing titles more fully, the NET Collection Catalog will help institutions holding these materials make informed preservation decisions. By its conclusion, AAPB will publish an online list of NET titles annotated with relevant descriptive information culled from NET textual records that will greatly improve discoverability of NET materials for archivists, scholars, and the general public. Examples of specific cataloging issues, including contradictory metadata documentation and legacy records, inconsistent titling practices, and the existence of international version will be explored.

ABOUT THE AAPB

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70 years. To date, over 50,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and almost 25,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.

Week Four of #PubMedia50: Diversity of Public Broadcasting

*Due to the holiday, join the conversation on Tuesday rather than Thursday, Nov 21nd!

A Month-long Celebration of the Public Broadcasting Act’s 50thAnniversary

Three weeks ago we started our month-long commemoration of the 50thanniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 7, 1967. We’re joining in with other public broadcasters and organizations such as PBS, NPR, CPB and APTS to celebrate this momentous milestone in our history.

We learned so much from participating archives and we look forward to this coming week’s theme: Diversity of Public Broadcasting (Community broadcasting, local heritage, unique facts about your research/station).

 

What makes your programming unique? Showcase the diversity of public broadcasting and local heritage documented by public media that is preserved in your collections.

The goal of each challenge is to engage in community, discover histories, share those stories with the public, and start dialogues. Get the theme beforehand by contacting our Engagement and Use Manager, Ryn Marchese at ryn_marchese@wgbh.org, or check out our social pages on Mondays!

You can tune-in to the campaign by posting on Tuesday! We invite public broadcasting organizations, museums, archives, libraries, historians, public media fans, and other cultural organizations to personalize #PubMedia50 and share the stories in your own holdings and memories.

As for us, we’ll be posting content from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting every day. Don’t miss a beat and let us know what you think!

See you there!

To get started–

Example Tweets:

“We’re teaming up with @amarchivepub and #PubMedia50 stations to celebrate #PubMedia! Join in and share your history & content!”

“We’re joining @amarchivepub in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act at #PubMedia50!”

Instagram/Facebook Post:

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, we’ll be posting content to celebrate the history and preservation of public broadcasting! Teaming up with @amarchivepub, #PubMedia50 stations, academics, and community members we’ll have a new #PubMedia50 theme each week. Join the conversation by tagging your post with #PubMedia50.

  • You can follow us here:

Instagram: @amarchivepub

Facebook: @amarchivepub

Twitter: @amarchivepub

Week Three of #PubMedia50: Educational Television

A Month-long Celebration of the Public Broadcasting Act’s 50thAnniversary

Two weeks ago we started our month-long commemoration of the 50thanniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 7, 1967. We’re joining in with other public broadcasters and organizations such as PBS, NPR, CPB and APTS to celebrate this momentous milestone in our history.

We learned so much from participating archives and we look forward to this coming week’s theme: Educational Television!

The goal of each challenge is to engage in community, discover histories, share those stories with the public, and start dialogues. Get the theme beforehand by contacting our Engagement and Use Manager, Ryn Marchese at ryn_marchese@wgbh.org, or check out our social pages on Mondays!

You can tune-in to the campaign by posting on Thursdays! We invite public broadcasting organizations, museums, archives, libraries, historians, public media fans, and other cultural organizations to personalize #PubMedia50 and share the stories in your own holdings and memories.

As for us, we’ll be posting content from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting every day. Don’t miss a beat and let us know what you think!

See you there!

Week 3 | Post content on November 16th (Th): Educational Television 

What are some of your favorite series or programs? What are the earliest programs that your station produced? Who were some of the first producers at your station? Which early series are most representative of the formats and genres created during the early years of public broadcasting? Which ones are still pertinent? What records or content related to early educational programming do you maintain in your archives? How has educational television evolved since its formation? What series are most representative of early educational television in the United States?
To get started:

Example Tweets:

“We’re teaming up with @amarchivepub and #PubMedia50 stations to celebrate #PubMedia! Join in and share your history & content!”

“We’re joining @amarchivepub in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act at #PubMedia50!”

Instagram/Facebook Post:

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, we’ll be posting content to celebrate the history and preservation of public broadcasting! Teaming up with @amarchivepub, #PubMedia50 stations, academics, and community members we’ll have a new #PubMedia50 theme each week. Join the conversation by tagging your post with #PubMedia50.

  • You can follow us here:

Instagram: @amarchivepub

Facebook: @amarchivepub

Twitter: @amarchivepub

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Releases Exclusive Collections

The Library of Congress and WGBH have acquired and preserved original, full-length interviews from The Civil War, Eyes on the Prize and American Masters
  
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) recently acquired three collections of original, full-length interviews from groundbreaking public television documentaries: Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Eyes on the Prize and American Masters. Only excerpts of these interviews were included in previously released, edited programs. Now, the full-length interviews from these landmark series will be available to view online at americanarchive.org or in person at the Library of Congress and at WGBH, preserved for future generations to learn about our nation’s history.
 
The AAPB, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media station WGBH, has digitized and preserved more than 50,000 hours of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from public radio and public television’s more than 60-year legacy.
 
Interviews from Ken Burns’ The Civil War
 
The Civil War, an epic nine-episode series by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and produced in conjunction with WETA, Washington, DC and American Documentaries, Inc., first aired in September 1990 to an audience of 40 million viewers. The film is the recipient of 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmys and two Grammys.
 
The AAPB The Civil War collection includes eight digitized, full-length interviews with distinguished historians and commentators Barbara J. Fields, C. Vann Woodward, Robert Penn Warren, William Safire, James Symington, Stephen B. Oates, Ed Bearss and Daisy Turner. The Civil War collection is available online athttp://americanarchive.org/special_collections/ken-burns-civil-war.
 
Interviews from Eyes on the Prize
 
Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954–1965 tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. The award-winning documentary series recounts the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation from the murder of Emmett Till and the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and 1956 to the 1965 Voting Rights Campaign in Selma, Alabama. Eyes on the Prize was produced by Blackside, Inc and aired on PBS in 1987.
 
The Eyes on the Prize interviews collection comes from Washington University Libraries’ Henry Hampton Collection and includes 75 hours of full-length interviews with leaders and activists such as Rosa Parks, Constance Baker Motley, James Farmer, Robert Moses, Andrew Young, John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, Stokely Carmichael and Myrlie Evers. The Eyes on the Prize collection is available online at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections/eotp-i-interviews.
 
Interviews from American Masters
 
American Masters is an award-winning biography series that celebrates American arts and culture. Launched in 1986 on PBS, the series set the standard for documentary film profiles, and is produced by New York’s flagship PBS station THIRTEEN for WNET.
 
AAPB has preserved more than 800 full-length interviews filmed for American Masters with cultural luminaries such as David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Robert Plant, Tim Burton, Nora Ephron, Denzel Washington, Carol Burnett, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Quincy Jones and Jimmy Carter. The interviews, digitized for In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive and the American Masters Podcast, will be archived for long-term storage at the Library of Congress to ensure their survival for future generations. Researchers can access the full collection on location at the Library of Congress and at WGBH. Information about the American Masters collection is available at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections/american-masters-interviews.
 
The AAPB is a national effort to preserve at-risk public media and provide a central web portal for access to the programming that public stations and producers have created over the past 60 years. In its initial phase, the AAPB digitized approximately 40,000 hours of radio and television programming and related materials selected by more than 100 public media stations and organizations across the country. The entire collection is available for research on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and currently more than 20,000 programs are available in the AAPB’s Online Reading Room at americanarchive.org to anyone in the United States.
 
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About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia™, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. Find more information at www.wgbh.org.
 
About the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship atcopyright.gov.
 
About the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 60 years. To date, over 40,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 100 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and more than 20,000 programs are available online atamericanarchive.org.

Week Two of #PubMedia50: Radio Broadcasting

A Month-long Celebration of the Public Broadcasting Act’s 50th Anniversary

Last week we started our month-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 7, 1967. We’re joining in with other public broadcasters and organizations such as PBS, NPR, CPB and APTS to celebrate this momentous milestone in our history.

Thanks to those who participated in sharing their unique personal and institutional histories surrounding the history and preservation of public broadcasting with our first week of ‘Firsts’ and Major Ideas of Public Broadcasting.

We learned so much from your archives and we look forward to this coming week’s theme: Radio Broadcasting!

The goal of each challenge is to engage in community, discover histories, share those stories with the public, and start dialogues. Get the theme beforehand by contacting our Engagement and Use Manager, Ryn Marchese at ryn_marchese@wgbh.org, or check out our social pages on Mondays!

You can tune-in to the campaign by posting on Thursdays! We invite public broadcasting organizations, museums, archives, libraries, historians, public media fans, and other cultural organizations to personalize #PubMedia50 and share the stories in your own holdings and memories.

As for us, we’ll be posting content from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting every day. Don’t miss a beat and let us know what you think!

See you there!

Week 2 | Post content on November 9th (Th): Radio Broadcasting 

Who was the voice behind the mic? Who are some local radio pioneers in your community? What local and national radio pioneers inspired you or your institutions? What historic radio materials can you share from your archives this week?
To get started:

Example Tweets:

“We’re teaming up with @amarchivepub and #PubMedia50 stations to celebrate #PubMedia! Join in and share your history & content!”

“We’re joining @amarchivepub in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act at #PubMedia50!”

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, we’ll be posting content to celebrate the history and preservation of public broadcasting! Teaming up with @amarchivepub, #PubMedia50 stations, academics, and community members we’ll have a new #PubMedia50 theme each week. Join the conversation by tagging your post with #PubMedia50.

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Library and WGBH Acquire Historic TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings

Digital Files Now Available on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting Website

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady, Library of Congress, (202) 707-6456 | Emily Balk, WGBH, (617) 300-5317
Public Contact: Alan Gevinson, Library of Congress, (202) 707-0582 | Karen Cariani, WGBH, (617) 300-4286
Website: “Gavel-to-Gavel”: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television External

The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online.  Produced by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), the hearings were taped during the day and rebroadcast every evening on public television for 51 days, from May 17 to Nov. 15. These broadcasts became one of the most popular series in public broadcasting history.

For the first time in 44 years, these riveting moments in history will once again be available to the American public through an online presentation—“Gavel-to-Gavel: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television”—on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) website at americanarchive.org. AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH to preserve and make accessible significant at-risk public media.

The presentation will provide access to all the coverage, a highlights reel, episode guide and an essay putting the coverage into historical perspective. Visitors to the online exhibit—curated by 2017 Library of Congress Junior Fellow Amanda Reichenbach—will see firsthand the memorable personalities involved in this national drama and the revelations that ultimately led to resignation of President Richard Nixon. Journalists Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer worked together for the first time as anchors to bring balanced commentary, allowing viewers to experience the full hearings and make their own informed opinions.  The coverage became a model for public television and, later, C-SPAN.

Each episode of the coverage begins with about five minutes of commentary by MacNeil and Lehrer, including a recap of what happened during that day’s hearing. The hearings range from two to seven hours in length. The anchors close out with a 10- to 20-minute wrap-up with experts and interviews conducted by correspondent Peter Kaye. The Senate Watergate Committee conducted its investigation in three phases: Watergate (May 17–Sept. 25), Campaign Practices or “Dirty Tricks” (Sept. 26–Nov. 6) and Campaign Finance (Nov. 7–Nov. 15). Coverage by NPACT of the subsequent House impeachment hearings in May and July 1974 also has been digitized and made available online.

After acquiring the tapes, the Library digitized nearly 352 hours of NPACT’s continuous coverage. The digital content was transferred to WGBH for inclusion in AAPB. Nearly a third of AAPB’s complete collection of 50,000 hours of preserved public TV and radio content is now available online for research, educational and informational purposes.

WGBH Boston is America’s pre-eminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, including “Masterpiece,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Frontline,” “Nova,” “American Experience,” “Arthur” and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH also is a leader in educational multimedia, including PBS LearningMedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and two Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Announcement: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-167/library-and-wgbh-acquire-historic-tv-coverage-of-senate-watergate-hearings/2017-11-03/