Session 16

Pushing the Envelope: Preservation of Multi-Media Materials, Howard Besser, New York University

Preservation of digital multi-media materials is even more problematic than is the case for digital images. Aside from issues of determining original artistic intent when seeking to preserve digital media, it is difficult to make original objects endure, both because of deterioration of the original object (particularly scrambling due to compression) as well as the need to develop a huge infrastructure with which to view the original objects in the future.

The ideal digital moving image file format is as follows:

Unfortunately, no file formats currently conform to this ideal type. There is an urgent need for these types of file formats, as well as for the emergence of preservation repositories and preservation metadata.

How best to save works of digital media?