Digital Archiving Resources

This list of resources was produced by Anne Wootton, Bailey Smith, creators of Pop Up Archive, with their colleagues Jack Brighton, John Passmore and Karen Cariani. This was presented during an April 2013 AIR webinar.

General Resources on Media Archiving

Association for Recorded Sound Collections:
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.

The Library of Congress:

The Library of Congress Audio Preservation Bibliography:

National Digital Stewardship Alliance:

AJA Data Calculator:
Calculate your storage needs before digitizing even begins and keep your team on track.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice.

The Internet Archive:
You may already know about The Internet Archive’s is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 271 billion archived web pages, but did you know that you can also store your audio there (publicly) for free?

FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.

OpenRefine is a powerful tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase.

Pop Up Archive:
Pop Up Archive helps you organize your media to make it searchable, reusable, and accessible, without requiring technical expertise or substantial resources. The lightweight application empowers producers to overhaul their accidental archives. Access is limited for now, but request an invite, and we’ll add you as soon as a slot becomes available.

Best Practices for Transferring Analog Discs and Tapes:

Choosing a Filename:

Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive (pdf):

Opensource Digital Asset Management Tools:

Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit (pdfs & videos):

Planning for Digital Preservation- A Self-Assessment Tool: