LA. Sunshine, palm trees, fancy cars, movers and shakers, automatic lawn sprinklers, it was all to see. You think it’s a caricature, but it’s not. Who was there – the university research community and the Hollywood studios were heavily represented as well as a pretty significant group of library school students, logical given the venue was Los Angeles, home of the motion picture industry and at least two major universities offering media and library studies programs.
During the last day of the AMIA conference I was ready to hear about the content, not preserving bits or metadata extraction or file validation. I wanted to hear from those who were in it because of their passion and drive to save collections, their need to help communities. The IMAP (Independent Media Arts) session was a good start: three cases studies - an archivist from Outfest talked about the crisis facing collections documenting the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender).
Good thing I started the day with a breakfast taco (really) at a local favorite “Torchy Tacos”, the day was a long one but again inspiring. Your collection data is in more than 30 databases, descriptive metadata separate from technical records, staff has their own way of doing things and there is no transparency? Gabriele Popp summed it up perfectly: no ownership of data, so no one felt responsible, so quality was impossible to ensure. Sound familiar?
Greetings from Austin, Texas.
Philadelphia, the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, hosted a well attended, international and very informative AMIA/IASA conference 2-6 November. As an AMIA member of 10 years standing, I was curious how combining annual conferences of two large, yet different archive associations would work. I always thought of IASA primarily as an audio archive group and have attended only one IASA conference, last year in Athens. AMIA, as its name implies, leans more heavily toward moving image archives.