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AMIA Announces Dates for New York Digital Asset Symposium


The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) announced that it will host its popular Digital Asset Symposium (DAS), May 4 at the Victor Borge Theatre in Manhattan. The symposium will look at the current challenges and breakthroughs in managing digital assets.

“DAS presents an uncommon opportunity to explore projects in a way that allows honest analysis and discussion,” said Chris Lacinak, president of AVPreserve who serves as program chairman for DAS New York. “By building on a case study framework, DAS enables us to look at what works, what didn’t and what needs to be understood. DAS is aimed at the entire community of technical and creative users to share what they are working on, which helps raise the bar on knowledge and understanding. To be able to do so in this open and collegial environment, is a rare and wonderful experience.”

DAS brings together a cross-section of experts from different industries and disciplines sharing user perspectives and expert analysis to examine the life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation. Programmed by professionals working in the field, it offers a unique perspective and an opportunity to exchange information with colleagues facing similar challenges.

Kicking off this year’s discussion, Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization that examines racism, prejudice and antisemitism, will present information on its approach to preserving its media collections. Over the past four years, Facing History has successfully digitized its legacy media, established policies for digital production, implemented and rolled out a DAM, established a taxonomy, and integrated with a web content management system and an online video platform. Eva Radding, digital archive and library systems manager for Facing History, will talk about the process, challenges and value of this transformation, and what it has meant to the organization.

Case studies from Major League Baseball and the Smithsonian Institution will also be part of the program lineup.

“Preserving, discovering and managing critically important digital materials is complex and ever-evolving,” said Andrea Kalas, president of AMIA. “The Digital Asset Symposium is a gathering of great, smart people from different backgrounds sharing their latest innovations.”

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