On October 23, 2014, the AMIA PBCore Advisory Subcommittee’s Education Team offered a webinar titled “PBCore: A How-to and Why-to Webinar.” The presenters offered contextual background; explained the benefits and reasons why PBCore is perfectly suited for managing audiovisual collections; offered step-by-step guidance on inventorying av assets and getting started with PBCore; and described the use of PBCore in different settings, such as asset management, digital preservation, archival description, and use with other schemas such as PREMIS and METS.
The PBCore Advisory Subcommittee is encouraged by the recent invigoration among archivists, librarians, and others managing media collections who are beginning to deal with their deteriorating av collections, as well as the digital video and audio collections, and we are confident that PBCore has a place in these efforts. PBCore is uniquely suited to provide a standard way to record and manage metadata for video and audio.
We look forward to providing more opportunities like this webinar in the future, as well as improving the schema over the next few months, clarifying and improving documentation, creating our new website, and generating new PBCore resources.
Many thanks to all of those who attended the webinar, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the presenters whose email addresses I have listed below:
Casey E. Davis, WGBH | casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org
Maureen McCormick Harlow, PBS | mmharlow [at] pbs [dot] org
Sadie Roosa, WGBH | sadie_roosa [at] wgbh [dot] org
Morgan Oscar Morel, George Blood Audio Video Film | moran.morel [at] georgeblood [dot] com
Enjoy the recording and please feel free to share it among your colleagues and networks!
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PBCore: A How-to and Why-to Webinar | Recording from 10/23/14 from American Archive on Vimeo.
Good morning AAPB participants: the AMS is back up and running! Let us know if you have any trouble accessing your records or viewing or listening to your media. Feel free to contact the AAPB Project Manager anytime at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org.
Dear AAPB Participating Organizations:
Please be informed that the AAPB team is conducting some maintenance on the AMS server, so access to records will not be available during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AAPB Project Manager at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org. We will provide an update on the blog as soon as the AMS is back up and running.
We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause!
Are you headed to Savannah for AMIA this year? Want to get the scoop on current PBCore developments?
If so, go ahead and block off your schedule for Friday, October 10 from 11am – 1pm — it’s going to be a PBHardcore couple of hours!
First, members of the AMIA PBCore Advisory Subcommittee will lead a session titled “Pursuing PBCore: The Revitalization of a Schema and Community.” Casey Davis will introduce the session and speakers and generally introduce the current efforts of the recently established PBCore Advisory Subcommittee. Jessica Bitely will report on the results of the PBCore User and Non-user Survey, highlighting some of the suggestions from the user community as well as the misconceptions brought to light by non-user respondents. Jack Brighton and John Passmore will present on how PBCore is used at their organizations, and Mary Miller will discuss why her organization doesn’t use PBCore. Dave MacCarn will lead a Q & A.
Following the panel session, the PBCore Subcommittee will convene its Business Meeting from 12pm – 1pm. All conference attendees are welcome to join! Bring your brown-bag lunch (and your opinions!) and hear from members of each team discuss the specific efforts of the five established teams — Schema, Education, Website, Documentation, and Communication. The meeting will include 30 minutes for open discussion.
Looking forward to seeing you in Savannah!
Are you a PBCore user? Do you have opinions on how it could be improved?
The PBCore Schema Team invites all parties interested in contributing to the ongoing development and improvement of PBCore to submit their issues with the current version of the standard to the PBCore GitHub issue tracker. Submitted issues may be related to any aspect of PBCore: the data model, XML schema, individual element or attributes, vocabularies, etc. We also invite you to comment on issues submitted by others.
The URL for the PBCore GitHub issue tracker is: https://github.com/WGBH/PBCore2.0/issues
Issues submitted before September 30, 2014 will be taken into consideration for the next version of the schema (estimated release March 2015). Issues will still be accepted after this date, and will be considered for future revisions.
For instructions on submitting issues to GitHub, please see this blog post on PBCore.org: http://goo.gl/9Ns6CE
We want to know how public media organizations are tackling the emerging challenges of preserving digital audio and video files. If you work at a public media organization that has participated in the American Archive initiative, please take our Digital Preservation Survey- your input will help the American Archive of Public Broadcasting develop strategies to support your preservation needs! It should take about 10-15 minutes of your time. We will follow up individually with participating organizations to discuss these important questions in the coming months. Feel free to take survey now, or you can bookmark the survey and share your input at our next AAPB meet-up. Contact Project Manager Casey Davis at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org with any questions, and as always, we sincerely appreciate your time and support!
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If you’re a PBCore user and you know it, then our website and Wikipedia page will show it!
We’re updating our website and Wikipedia page to demonstrate the variety of wonderful organizations that use PBCore to manage and share their data. Can we include your station’s name on our list?
Please respond to email@example.com to let us know if we can add your station or to ask any questions.
As always, thank you for your support!
The team at AudioVisual Preservation Solutions (AVPS) has just completed their contract with the American Archive to build the Archival Management System (AMS). The AMS is a database where stations can access their records created during the Content Inventory Project and view the files that have been digitized through the American Archive Digitization Project.
The new URL for the AMS is ams.americanarchive.org. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.
We have also created several guides to help you and your staff navigate the AMS, which you can find here.
Two new guides were published on the website today that will help stations export their records from the Archival Management System as well as add additional staff members as users or admins. Click on the links below to learn more:
- Exporting Your Records: this guide provides instructions for exporting your records from the Archival Management System for quick access.
- Adding a Station User or Admin: here you can find instructions for adding additional staff members as users or admins on the Archival Management System, allowing them to access or edit your stations records.
You can also find links to all of the guides here: http://americanarchive.org/guides/.
We have really appreciated all of the great feedback from stations over the past couple of weeks about future opportunities to enhance American Archive metadata records, as well as possibilities of adding new records as new assets are created.
Today, we have one other request, which should only take a few minutes of your time.
During the AACIP project, stations created inventory records using the elements of the PBCore metadata schema. PBCore is a formalized way of describing audiovisual assets so that everyone is basically speaking the same language. PBCore was originally created as a way for public media stations to exchange information about assets among and within stations, but many organizations such as historical societies, public libraries, and independent producers have adopted PBCore to describe their video and audio assets.
Now, as part of the American Archive initiative, we have assembled a group of 42 awesome folks — from public media stakeholders to archivists and librarians — to help further develop PBCore, and to encourage its use among the AV community.
To help us in this effort, we would sincerely appreciate you taking our PBCore survey, whether or not you are currently using PBCore to describe your video and audio assets. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13tlPvKVOZ_SBvXam-axokQM0BH71F98XkJAdRAR_OUY/viewform
We encourage you to take the survey before Monday, May 5, but we will continue to accept responses indefinitely. If you take the survey before May 5, you can have a chance at winning a PBCore mug, which will feature our newly designed PBCore logo (above)! Who wouldn’t want a PBCore mug? We’ll announce the 3 winners on Friday, May 9th.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact WGBH’s Project Manager Casey Davis at casey_davis [at] wgbh [dot] org. And as always, many thanks for your continued support!