ELL: Tr : arsclist how to archive your language and other matters

Matthew McDaniel akha at LOXINFO.CO.TH
Wed Oct 18 02:57:46 UTC 2000


Christian:

I do believe in Thailand there are DVD burners much cheaper than that.

I would make a recommendation.

Set your work up so that you can not only burn DVD but also so that you
can print out a copy and boot it quickly into permament hand bound form
of all you have.  Otherwise it will be useless.

You make a library of hands on books and the people have something.

Computers are good for organizing, otherwise over rated.

Matthew





Christian PERROTEAU wrote:

>
> ----------
> DeÝ: Brian Levy <xernaut at yahoo.com>
> À : ARSCLIST at galileo.cc.rochester.edu
> ObjetÝ: arsclist how to archive your language and other matters
> DateÝ: Lun 16 oct 2000 1:45
>
>
>
>      Hello all,
>
>      I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Brian Levy,
>      and I work with the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma as a
>      Cultural Preservation Activist (for wont of a better title
>      to describe my job).  Basically I am helping the tribe
>      create a permanent archive of songs, dances, oral history in
>      English, and, quite importantly, since the tribe is down to
>      only about twenty fluent speakers of the language now, we
>      are recording to DAT all manner of Caddo language, including
>      stories, monologues, prayers, conversation, etc.  We are
>      creating a master archive of Caddo audio materials,
>      recording older analog recordings on reel to reel and analog
>      cassette, to CD directly, and copying all DAT tapes made
>      since we began using DAT two years ago, also to CD.  We make
>      on blue dye copy on Mitsui media (home audio type, not CDR
>      computer type, using a Harmon Kardon CDR2 machine, we also
>      make one gold dye Kodak CD home audio copy for a second copy
>      of our archive housed at a archive in Oklahoma.  A third
>      copy is also made on the same Mitsui blue dye (silver)
>      CD's.  We may soon switch to just using computer CDR's
>      instead of the home audio type, since Tascam makes a machine
>      for under 100 dollars which is high quality and
>      recommended.  I consult with others doing similar work to
>      this, and I am on this and other lists.  I am trying to
>      determine the archivability of this strategy.  We have 110
>      CD's so far, and no stop in sight, as we have tons of analog
>      recordings to migrate, and are constantly making new DAT
>      recording.
>      We have a huge quantity of old Beta, VHS, Hi8, Super8, and
>      now we use Sony TCR-320 Digital 8 cams for all videoing of
>      elders and dances. We are waiting to know what is best for
>      permanent archivability for these.  I am guessing DVD-Rom
>      burners, as opposed to DVD-Ram or such.  But listening to
>      some of your pros on these list servers, I am wondering.  We
>      do not have the budget to buy equipment costing 50k now, we
>      are very limited on budget, though we might could get a
>      grant to use better equipment.
>      I am just wondering what any of your folks also concerned
>      with permanent archivability of precious materials, both
>      audio and video, would have to say on our situation.  I
>      would appreciate some advice.
>      Some have suggested computer hard drive storage.  Some have
>      said (such as the Getty Museum in LA, and the Library of
>      Congress, that no current digital medium is considered
>      archival.  Only old reel to reel tapes quarter inch, are
>      considered time safe.  Since who knows, they argue, if any
>      CD players will even be available in 500 years, whereas due
>      to the wide use of reel to reel all during twentieth century
>      by broadcast media etc, it will still be playable.  Plus
>      when audio tapes deteriorate on analog reel to reel they
>      gradually degrade in quality at playback, whereas, once
>      digital degrades too far, the machines can no longer
>      decipher the one's and zero's and play the CD back at all.
>      I know this is a long posting, but I wanted to introduce
>      myself and the work we are doing at the Caddo tribe, and
>      hopefully get some guidance from some more technically savvy
>      folk...
>      Thanks.
>
>            Brian Levy
>
>
>      ------------------------------------------
>      Brian Levy
>      Cultural Activist
>      Kiwat Hasinay Foundation:
>      Preserving Caddo Heritage
>      211 W. Colorado Ave.
>      Anadarko, OK  73005  USA
>      (1) 405-247-5840
>
>
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