PBCore events at AMIA 2014

Are you headed to Savannah for AMIA this year? Want to get the scoop on current PBCore-logoFinalPBCore 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!

Your comments on PBCore wanted

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 versionPBCore-logoFinal 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

AAPB Participating Organizations: Please take our Digital Preservation Survey

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 Write to Us…

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 casey_davis@wgbh.org to let us know if we can add your station or to ask any questions.

As always, thank you for your support!

Update your bookmarks for the AMS!

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.

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New Guides on the Website

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/.

 

Attention stations with audio digitization needs: Please take this survey!

We’re posting this today on behalf of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). If you work at a radio or tv station and have audio digitization needs, please take a moment to complete their survey.


The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help address the issues identified in The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (2012) by exploring the possibility of adding audio preservation to NEDCC’s digitization services.  We have developed a brief online survey to understand the needs of organizations like yours, and hope that you can take a few moments to complete it. It should take no longer than 10 – 15 minutes. The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/89RLNJM. It will close on Monday, April 14th.

Your opinion is very important to us and to the field.  With your input, we will be able to make well-informed decisions about the services that collections-holding institutions need and want NEDCC to offer.

Thank you very much for your help, and if you have any questions please contact Jessica Bitely at jbitely@nedcc.org.

New Guides on the Website

Today we published three new guides that will help staff at participating stations navigate the Archival Management System (AMS), view records in the AMS, and edit descriptions for digitized media. The guides include:

  • Using the AMS for the first time: this guide provides an overview of the functionality of the AMS and helps users navigate it to find the records they are looking for
  • Viewing records in the AMS: this guide describes the differences between the asset metadata and instantiation (copy) metadata and how to locate each type of information within a record
  • Editing records in the AMS: here you can find instructions for editing records, as well as suggestions and examples on how to enhance the descriptions of your stations’ digitized media

You can also find links to all of the guides here: http://americanarchive.org/guides/.

This post was written by Casey Davis, American Archive Project Manager at WGBH.

PBCore is Back in Action!

PBCore is back in action! As part of the American Archive initiative, WGBH in collaboration with the Library of Congress has been charged with further developing PBCore (Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary). The goals of the project are to:

  • Strategize direction for the PBCore schema
  • Improve the PBCore website
  • Solicit submissions from the public
  • Vote on submissions to improve PBCore
  • Develop resources and provide learning opportunities for organizations interested in using PBCore
  • Encourage and support the use of the standard

As the work progresses in the next few months, you’ll be seeing a lot of changes to the PBCore website and a lot of activity on the PBCore blog. So stay tuned for a new and improved website, schema, and a variety of new resources that will help your organization adopt and use PBCore!

The project is being coordinated the American Archive of Public Broadcasting project team. To form the PBCore Advisory Subcommittee, WGBH’s Project Manager Casey Davis reached out to public media stakeholders from universities, archives, and industry to assemble a group of 42 people, who will work in four groups:

Website  (http://pbcore.org/)

  • Review the PBCore website and other standards websites
  • Identify ways in which the website can be improved and become more user-friendly
  • Review existing record examples and create new examples for the website

Schema Development

  • Gather input from the PBCore Advisory Subcommittee for ideas on schema improvement
  • Consider suggestions provided by the community
  • Develop and implement revisions to the schema
  • Explore opportunities for EBUCore harmonization and RDF implementation

Communications

  • Create the PBCore newsletter
  • Provide updates to organizations and listservs
  • Gather schema development submissions from the public
  • Implement a strategy for communication and outreach to adopters and potential adopters
  • Manage the PBCore blog (http://pbcoreresources.org/)

Education

  • Create, communicate, and disseminate effective learning opportunities for PBCore adopters and potential adopters
  • Develop resources that will be shared on the blog and website, ie FAQs
  • Create instructional videos and conduct webinars
  • Strategize other opportunities for teaching the standard

We’re proud to have such a professionally diverse group of contributors to the project. Members include:

Steering Team
Jack Brighton, Illinois Public Media
Karen Cariani, WGBH
Casey E. Davis, WGBH
Dave MacCarn, WGBH
Kara Van Malssen, AVPreserve
Lauren Sorensen, Library of Congress
Anne Wootton, PopUp Archive

Education
Chair: Anne Wootton, PopUp Archive
Caitlin Birch, Frontline | WGBH
Jessica Bitely, Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
Kevin Carter, WGBH
Nick Connizzo, George Washington University
Jeremy Meserve, Belmont Media Center
Bill Nehring, Simmons College | MLIS Candidate
Nancy Watrous, Chicago Film Archive

Schema Development
Chair: Kara Van Malssen, AVPreserve
Margaret Bresnahan, Minnesota Public Radio
Glenn Clatworthy, PBS
Tom Davenport, Folkstreams
Glynn Edwards, Stanford University
Jean-pierre Evain, EBUCore
Leigh Grinstead, LYRASIS
Jimi Jones, Hampshire College
Steve Knoblock, Folksreams
Devon Landes, HBO
Andrea Leigh, Library of Congress
Dave MacCarn, WGBH
Mary Miller, Peabody Awards
John Passmore, WNYC-FM
Allison Smith, Wisconsin Public Radio
Adam Wead, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Leah Weisse, WGBH

Website
Chair: Lauren Sorensen, Library of Congress
Jolene Beiser, Pacifica Radio Archives
Ashley Blewer, University of South Carolina
Nestor Cordova, University of Texas
Jeff Eastman, IMF
Ryan Edge, University of Illinois
Andrew Myers, WGBH
Alexander Papson, University of Notre Dame
Dave Rice, City University of New York
Deanna Ulvestad, Greene County Public Library
Anne Wilkens, Wisconsin Public Television

Communications
Chair: Jack Brighton, Illinois Public Media
Casey Davis, WGBH
Karma Foley, Smithsonian Channel
Bailey Smith, PopUp Archive
Jenny Swadosh, New School

There’s a lot of work to do, and we need your help to make this happen. We want to see PBCore in the wild. How do you use PBCore? What challenges do you have? Let us know in the comment section here or by email, and let’s make PBCore better together.

This post was written by Bailey Smith, Co-founder of PopUp Archive and PBCore Communications Team Secretary.