The Program

“DAS is a thoroughly unique event where attendees learn from and engage with some of the best and brightest in the international digital asset community. Presenters share their knowledge and experiences, which apply across a cross-section of disciplines. We’re also addressing key topics in our program that apply to experts working in many different roles, yet whose work aspires to the ultimate goal of preserving and managing our heritage so that future generations have access to it.” –  Program Chair Nick Gold of Chesapeake Systems


Welcome to DAS >>

AMIA President Andrea Kalas and Program Chair Nick Gold welcome attendees and speakers to DAS and provide context for the day.



Indigitization:  It Takes a Community
Gerry Lawson, Oral History and Language Lab at Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, UBC

“Precious fragments” of indigenous knowledge are increasingly held captive in obsolete audio-visual media formats. The ethics, culture and practices of traditional information management have served as significant obstacles to media digitization at most small institutions. The innovative Indigitization Program breaks through some of these barriers that First Nations communities in British Columbia are faced with in developing information management practice appropriate to their needs. Gerry will discuss his role in developing the resources that formed the grant program, as well as how the Indigitization team manages program evolution to become more effective and resilient.

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MTV: Archiving the History of Music Television
Jamie DiVenere, Senior Project Manager, Viacom Vault Project
Johanna Salazar, Vice President of Production Planning & Operations for the Content Managment & Production Technologies Group,  Viacom Media Networks 

From MTV Unplugged, Total Request Live and Beavis & Butt-head , MTV’s Vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance. Viacom embarked on a five year digitization project, with the aim of digitizing all the premium content from MTV and VH1 from the last 35 years. The footage tape library consists of production source tapes, master tapes and audio source tapes which will be transformed into a curated digital library. Much of the programming that airs on MTV Classic today came from this project, and the channel will continue to showcase vault content.  This case study will present the steps that were taken in order for Viacom to support the digitization and preservation of these assets and look at the logistical, operational and technical strategies we employed to get us to where we are today. In addition, we’ll recognize our successes combined with project challenges both past and present.

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 Automated Metadata
Todd Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, Tagasauris
Josh Wiggins, Chief Commercial Officer, GrayMeta

Sally Hubbard, SAH Consulting

Media content managers yearn for an “easy button” that will help with the massive challenge of usefully tagging assets so they can be as discoverable and productive as possible over the course of their lifecycle. Automation technologies seem like they offer a promise of great potential improvements in this area. Metadata strategist Sally Hubbard will lead a discussion to talk about the state of the art of metadata tagging automation technologies, and where this is leading.

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AI and its Role in Managing and Archiving Digital Assets
James Hendler, Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

James Hendler is a recognized visionary, who, along with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila, created the Semantic Web. He continues to push the boundaries of thinking in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) research with his latest book “Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networking, and Humanity” that highlights the challenges and the possibilities of the interconnection of human and machine intelligence. Hendler’s talk will redefine the vision of how certain approaches in systems engineering can enable massive improvements in productivity for managers of information via sophisticated and increasingly intelligent algorithms, while at the same time leading to systems that perform in ways that are designed to work as naturalistically as possible for their human operators.

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The New Preservationists:  Documentary Filmmakers Are Excavating Rare Media Artifacts to Tell Their Stories
Matt White, Executive Director, ACSIL
Robert Stone,
Academy Award & Emmy nominated filmmaker
Shola Lynch, Peabody Award winning filmmaker and Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Our best storytellers dig deep into global media archives to address the emerging audience for premium historical documentaries.   While long-running history platforms such as PBS’ American Experience and BBC’s Storyville have been carrying the archival-based programming torch for decades, a new emphasis on such programming from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, ESPN, and other international players has shined a new light on the archival mission.  Indeed, the primary media awards for documentaries—the Oscars, Emmys, BAFTAs—have been dominated recently by films such as OJ: Made in America, Amy, 13th, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.  Our panelists, Robert Stone and Shola Lynch, have each challenged the idea of the historical film through trail-blazing works that continue to enrich the public conversation.  We will use this forum to explore the craft of the archive-inspired film and show how these films themselves are vehicles for preservation efforts.



Media Asset Management In Financial Institutions
Terrence A. Thomas, Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley

Moving image collections are no longer only found in media and entertainment companies and cultural heritage institutions. Financial institutions, long a leader in data quality and master data initiatives and in financial asset management, are now also creating and managing enormous audiovisual operations. Terrence A.Thomas, Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure at Morgan Stanley, will talk about media asset management as it pertains to audio visual operations in the financial services industry, and some of the specific challenges and requirements associated with this.