AVPreserve President Chris Lacinak will be presenting a keynote talk at the upcoming Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) World Conference in Amsterdam. FIAT/IFTA brings together a diverse group of international broadcast and state archives to discuss the issues and learn solutions to managing and preserving video content. The major shifts in the broadcast industry over the past decade to digital and online distribution (and the range from HD to streaming quality), as well as the increasing re-use of past content, have presented new challenges to archives responsible for the long term care and use of materials. FIAT/IFTA and its members have become leaders in developing and sharing solutions for these challenges.
Chris will be presenting his keynote about our Cost of Inaction Calculator. Though the impetus behind creating the COI Calculator was to help illustrate the decreasing timeline we have for preserving magnetic media, the tool itself is really a planning utility that provides estimated budgets and schedules over the longterm so that one can begin to develop a preservation plan for beyond the immediate near term. By looking at the costs of physical storage and management, digitization, and digital storage, an institution can think about distributing costs over time while also considering the critical need for sustainability of preservation activities (and their associated costs) beyond short term fund raising or grants.
We're very excited to be participating in our first FIAT/IFTA World Conference and look forward to making connections and learning from our colleagues.