Just as we're catching our collective breaths after the intense conference month of October, AVPreserve is setting off again for a number of November events with our passports in hand. Senior Consultant Kara Van Malssen is currently in Mexico City as part of the instructional team for SOIMA-LATAM 2014: Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections. Part of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), SOIMA brings together archivists from across the globe to provide an intensive course over several weeks in order to train them on the care and preservation of audiovisual materials. Kara's instruction will largely focus on metadata. She has been an instructor in the SOIMA program for several years and always looks forward to meeting new international colleagues.
Next week AVPreserve President Chris Lacinak will be presenting at a joint 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project and Digital Preservation Coalition conference exploring the long term value and sustainability of digital objects. Held at the Wellcome Trust in London, England, ‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’ will bring together practitioners, vendors, and users of digital preservation services to discuss the various costs and strategies for investing in or advocating for a digital preservation program. Chris will be speaking about our Cost of Inaction Calculator on a panel with William Kilbride, Tim Gollins, Simon Wilson, and Barbara Sierman. It's a great honor to be invited to the conference and to participate on such a distinguished panel of leaders in the field of digital preservation.
Prior to taking off for London, Chris will be speaking with Greg Budney (Curator of Audio at Macaulay Library, Lab of Ornithology) as part of an event organized by the Cornell Library AV Preservation Group. Cornell has been undertaking a significant preservation effort around born digital and audiovisual materials the past several years, which has included a good deal of outreach and communication across the entire campus. No passports required for this one, but an equally important event we're proud to be a part of.