No Time to Wait 7: Call for Proposals
Specify the names of the speakers associated with your proposal and provide a description. Also select if it is a "lightning talk" (short 10-15 minute specific presentation), "presentation" (25-40 minute), "panel" (a 45 minute mix of presentations and group discussion) or "roundtable" (a 25-35 minute group discussion amongst many panelists on a specific theme). If you'd prefer to propose or discuss an idea for the conference program without using this form, please feel welcome to contact us at The Call for Proposals is open until August 29th.

Proposals may be for onsite (live at Národní filmový archiv) or online or a mix. For online presentations, we require a pre-recorded presentation. We will provide a live introduction and facilitate a live Q&A session between you and the audience after the presentation.

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Speaker(s)TitleDescriptionTypeOnsite / OnlineTimezone online presentations
Dave RiceEveryone Should See This!: A workshop on livestreamingThis half-day workshop will cover tools and workflows for live-streaming an event. We'll focus on teaching OBS (Open Broadcast Software) to stream a multi-camera conference online..... The results of the workshop will contribute to the livestream of No Time to Wait on the subsequent conference days.Workshop (Nov 8th)Onsite
Caylin SmithAll By Myself: Exploring Minecraft Cambridge Thorough Preservation After the Players Have Gone Preservation planning for Minecraft worlds PresentationOnsite
Jérôme MartinezMediaConchWhat's new in MediaConchPresentationOnsite
Filip Šír, Pedro Félix[working title] "Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, `and go on till you come to the end: then [...]" start again![working abstract] Many of us start our professional life in the field of sound archives in existing institutions. However, some regions, communities, and even countries, do not have these memory institutions. What then? Where to start? This will be a roundtable about the time before the "archive", full of examples taken from our experience in recent years.RoundtableOnsite
Megan Mitchell, Sean WelshCollaborative Potential, From Archive to Audiences. An exploration of the cross-community potential still to be fully harnessed between archives/media preservationists and media/film programmers/exhibitors. Specifically, what shared resources can be used across these groups and what insights can be gathered to enhance each other's practices. We will look at how media/film programmers can move past the ideas of 'finding' things within archives to properly presenting the work of archivists alongside the programming process, and how we can best share resources - using, a collaborative project which allows film exhibitors to list and find access materials for films, as a example of potenical collaboration for greater archival access and screenings.RoundtableOnsite
Aida Garrido[working title] QCing the Work of Digitization Vendors: Automating Tone and Phase Analysis[working abstract]
A program that:
-Detects sine wave tones in audio files (99% accuracy)
-Measures frequencies, levels, and peaks of tones
-Measures the phase shift of stereo tones (degrees, radians, -1 to 1)
-Outputs results as an excel sheet log
-Color codes values when they deviate from ideal parameters
-Prints graphical represention of tone detection (optional)
Lightning TalkOnsite
Brianna Toth, Siobhan Hagan, Dan Hockstein, Walter Forsberg[working title] Introducing the Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI)[working abstract] The Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI) is the culmination of over 7 years of collective efforts that started with a pan-institutional survey of the Smithsonian’s audiovisual collections, evolved into a Task Force who determine preservation priorities and strategic planning and resulted in a small staff who have been tasked with the preservation and care of these materials. To do this, new workflows will be developed, digitization labs will be built, existing digitization setups will be revamped, and av collections will be made visible and more accessible. As a result of the scale of this undertaking and the diversity of the collections AVMPI will work with, we believe this is an opportunity to use our initiative as a testing ground to collaborate on and contribute to FOSS that will benefit the community at large. Speakers will touch on: AVMPI GitHub, examples of current projects and potential collaborations.PresentationOnsite
Akeem Adedayo AdedimejiMedia Failures PresentationOnsite
Kate Murray, Chris Lacinak (maybe others)Researching Accessibility in Open-Source Digital Preservation ApplicationsThe US Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has embarked on a project with AVP aimed at enhancing accessibility in GUI-based open-source desktop applications for the digital preservation community. The project includes a literature review, detailed analysis and reporting on the accessibility of three open-source applications related to digital preservation (embARC, BWF MetaEdit and Handbrake), and a report with broadly applicable community recommendations and guidelines. Presentation
(note that this could be a panel discussion if there are other accessibility related presentations)
Kate Murray, Dave Rice, Jérôme MartinezUpdates to FFmpeg to support expanded needs for timecode and captions FADGI is sponsoring work in FFmpeg to add support for SMPTE RDD48 amendment 1 (FFV1 in MXF), which makes the support spread to open-source players. This is complemented by working on transmuxing, captions, timecodes and more. The goal is for all MXF data to be able to go into MKV, especially SMPTE 12M and SMPTE 436M. Lightning Talk
Leontien TalboomFrom Floppy to Flash: setting up a transfer service for digital carriersThis year Cambridge University Library has started transferring data from digital carriers (Floppy disks, USB sticks, CDs, etc.) in the collection. This talk will outline the process of setting up this service and also talk about some interesting findings when processing these digital carriers.PresentationOnsite
Marcos Sueiro BalThe Medium is the Message: Using embedded metadata to integrate systemsIn the world of multiple, ever-changing systems, integrations can easily become both complex and short-lived. In the spirit of "maybe we don't need a monorail, just a better bus system", we explore ways you can use the cargo bay of your files to transport information, flexibly integrate with other systems, increase robustness, and provide human-verifiable data across exisiting and future structures.PresentationOnlineET / TBD
Genevieve Havemeyer-KingAccess Roads: On the complexities of defining digital access format specificationsAlthough "preservation" is generally regarded as inseparable from "access", many conversations around digital content preservation are often weighted towards the implementation of (or standardization of) preservation formats and bit-level integrity, with derivatives taking on a less elevated role within the digital preservation lifecycle. The truth is of course that most users (patrons, researchers, clients) will never interact with preservation versions of content, and most of their immediate needs revolve around the unique purposes, qualities, and capabilities of various access formats and platforms. This roundtable discussion will invite speakers to share summaries of their approaches and challenges in selecting and creating access formats for wide ranges of digital content in an effort to build a community of practice around providing access to digital cultural heritage.
RoundtableMixedET / TBD
Marcos Sueiro BalAdventures in probabilistic record linkageYou have two large sets of data and would like to link them in order to integrate them, or to enrich each other. How do you go about it? This presentation will cover simple ways to limit the complexities of record linkage using probabilities, alongside some examples. PresentationOnlineET / TBD
Peter B. (ArkThis AV-RD)A Holodeck by August, please?
Or: Keep your META where your DATA is: In the filesystem.
Just an idea:
What if you could simply drag-n-drop, copy/paste, convert, view, edit - whatever: in any file manager? Because there is no technical difference between a metadata-catalogue entry and a data file? 😮️

What if you could simply import/export of catalog (database) entries, like copy/pasting files? What if the meta would stay with the data at all times? Like a filename. But without classical restrictions? Over its lifecycle?

Interested in discussing and exploring the possibilities and implications of having a FOSS-standard filesystem (local & network) which would hold our "assets" as digital objects: where data payload and/or metadata are linked and structured by design?

In this session, I'd like to invite all of you who're dealing with search/find/tagging/structuring any kind of "digitial (file) collection" to engage in a possible "Making of Brainstorming" for a new computing paradigm which may solve many metadata/DAM issues we all know and eh... love?

Nothing less.
Nothing more.
Nick KrabbenhoeftAV Formats in PRONOMPreservation systems often depend on file format identification based on PRONOM format records. PRONOM is administered by the National Archives and takes contributions from practicioners. AV formats are described inconsistently. Formats may have multiple variants defined, like Broadcast Wave, definitions down to container/codec combinations, like Apple ProRes, incomplete definitions, like MPEG-4 Part 12:2018, or missing definitions, like MPEG-DASH.

There is not perfect solution to AV file format identification. Since PRONOM is the filter through which systems begin to understand files, it should be able to point workflows and users in the right direction for more information, such as MediaInfo. This talk presents a framework for good-enough improvement for PRONOM AV format signatures and invites feedback.
Genevieve Havemeyer-King, Charles Hosale, Amy RudersdorfEvaluating Bagger and the BagIt bagging software landscapeAVP and the Library of Congress have undertaken a project to evaluate the Library’s Bagger preservation tool. Bagger, designed as a user-friendly GUI to create BagIt specification file packages, was first released by the Library of Congress in April 2011. The goals of the evaluation project are to conduct a full technical review of Bagger, documenting the activities required to bring the application up to date; to research and create a comparison matrix and gap analysis for Bagger alternatives; to perform stakeholder interviews and focus group meetings with Bagger users and digipres experts; and to create user stories that document required functionality and features. The project will be nearing completion by the time of the conference, and the final report will inform the Library’s plans for maintaining and administering Bagger. Representatives will discuss Bagger’s history and our project's findings and deliverables. (If accepted we'd prefer to present on the 10th due to some conflicts on other days)PresentationMixed
eastern US, might be online instead of mixed
Sarah GentileOpening Open Source: Access Tools for Community Adoption of AV Preservation SoftwareOpen source tools can make digital preservation accessible by offering low cost and d.i.y. solutions to problems faced by independent artists and filmmakers. While the tools exist, the general knowledge of these tools and how to use them is not widespread. How can we as practitioners offer these software solutions to a wider public? How can we build on community archiving models to share our knowledge beyond archival practitioners? In this talk, I will offer updates on a survey in progress of current filmmakers and their archiving practices.Lightning TalkOnlineET / TBD
Peter B. (ArkThis AV-RD)Video Fidelity AnalyzerDo you know what your ADC or capture setup does when video frame/field timings are
"slightly off" or tampered with? How do you test/compare this?

In order to hunt down and debug a strange artefact introduced by a video-ADC, we
needed a way to test our signal chains for any timing alterations
(dropped/inserted/swapped/etc fields).

Video test patterns are well known but cannot be used for this kind of
detection, so a method for automatically spotting anomalies in the order of
video fields was invented: "DVA Fidelity".

Consisting of a specially designed test-video and a custom patch for FFmpeg, the
Video Fidelity Analyzer can be used to validate or debug any video signal chain,
including the capture/encoding software.

It's not new, but still useful - and about time to be released as FOSS:
Lightning TalkOnsite
Ralph MichelRF digitisation of intercative laser discsThe digitisation of interactive, computer-controlled laserdiscs with the Domesday Duplicator with the aim of emulating the laserdisc player. The work "Yuppie Ghetto with Watchdog" from 1989 by Paul Garrin in the collection of the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe) served as a case study. In addition, quality comparisons have been carried out between direct RF digitisation and conventional digitisation of a Pioneer reference laser disc.PresentationOnsite
Morgan StricotFirst contact with ambitious hobbyists
In the frame of the Garrin project that will be further developed in my fellow colleague and conservator Ralph Michel’s presentation, I will explore a non-technical but nevertheless crucial aspect of this restoration: the collaboration with museums’ outsider communities that allowed us to successfully carry out our project. From searching forums to being officially invited to a discord server, in this lightning talk, I will address this journey, at first very intimidating, to seek collaboration from ambitious hobbyists, computer-fans, anonymous hardware tinkerer and arcade game communities. First to acknowledge the significant if not essential contribution of these folks-preservationists but also to enlightened that opening the gates of the museums to other communities is a game changer.Lightning TalkOnsite
Chialin Chou, Dave Rice, Bleakley McDowellMKV Tags and Camera Card processing at NMAAHCPresentationOnsite
Radoslav Markov File and Storage for very long term preservation of AV archivesWill be reviewed history of the storage and file structure.Will be discussed current problems of the file structure and storage for very long preservation of the AV archives. Will be showed the future of the file structure and storage for very long time preseravtion of the AV archives with the help of some open Source tools. Very long terms mean 100-1000 years.PresentationOnsite
As a time, will be between Lighting talks and full presentation.
Paul Duchesne + Simon LofflerACMI // WikidataReport on recent residency program to extensively link together collection data from ACMI with Wikidata. This work has allowed the organisation to import vast quantities of data and media to enrich their own internet collection experience, as well enable writing information back to source and federating with other linked institutions.Lightning TalkOnline
Australian Eastern Standard / Australian Central Standard
Matías ButelmanNavigating Open Technology in the Global South: A Bibliohack WorkshopThis workshop is based on the work of Bibliohack, a Latin American initiative that promotes the sustainable digital transformation of libraries, archives, and museums using context-appropriate, open-source technology. Specifically, Bibliohack is focused on creating open hardware scanners, digitization management software, and digital catalogues.

The workshop will feature a live demonstration where we attempt to build one of Bibliohack's scanner models. The assembly process will be started some days before the workshop and be finished during the first half of the session.

This attempt will allow a first-hand tangible experience of the unique challenges of open hardware as opposed to open-source software, such as sourcing cost-effective materials and adapting designs to local technological limitations.

This, in turn, will shed light on how national and regional contexts can make commonly accepted technological solutions unfeasible, prompting the need for inventive approaches and making the invisible costs of “open technology” visible.

The ultimate question we aim to tackle is whether cultural heritage organizations in the Global South can take the reins of open technology development to meet their unique requirements.

Following the hands-on workshop, a complementary presentation will delve into various Latin American use-cases, providing a more general view of both the challenges and solutions found.
Workshop (Nov 8th)Onsite
Matías ButelmanThe Invisible Costs of Open Technology: A Latin American ExplorationThis presentation examines the hidden challenges of using open technology in Latin America's cultural heritage sector. Using Bibliohack's work as a case study, we'll look at real-world issues like material costs and local limitations. We'll discuss how these challenges force us to rethink the meaning of "open" and question if organizations in the Global South can guide the development of open technologies to fit their specific needs.
John Kunze, Donny WinstonGetting running with ARK persistable identifiersIn this tutorial we will introduce you to ARKs (Archival Resource Keys), which can serve as persistent identifiers, or stable, trusted references for information objects (eg, web addresses that don’t return 404 Page Not Found errors). In more than two decades, 8.2 billion ARKs have been created by over 1000 organizations — libraries, data centers, archives, museums, publishers, government agencies, and vendors. Highly flexible and non-paywalled, ARKs are adopted increasingly by organizations in the global South and by those that need large numbers of identifiers. With guided exercises, by the end of the session, participants will know when and how to create and manage ARKs. We will cover:

Why ARKs – non-paywalled, decentralized, flexible
Use cases – Smithsonian, French National Library, Internet Archive
Metadata for early and ongoing object development
How to get started – fill out one form
Minting and assigning ARK identifiers
Resolvers, resolution, redirection
Persistence considerations
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