Monday, November 16, 2009

Digital Transfer

An archive is not always a static place especially now in modern society with its rapid changes in technology and methodology. The western world is reducing its need to create or access its collections through textual means due to the advent and prevalence of digital tools. The days of creating and viewing written documents and printed images are fading fast (pun intended).

Archives are finding the need to convert their collections to digital files for access and backup. This new kind of archive is both a blessing and a challenge. The blessing is that a digital file can be accessed without the need to further touch the original thus eliminating potential damage or loss. The challenge comes from the long and costly process of converting from analogue to digital and the updating of the relevant metadata.

We at the BA are in the midst of such a change. The audio collection is progressing with the majority of programs converted to WAV (bwf) and only those programs that are not clearly labeled, defined or of
very poor audio quality from the reel-to-reel format remain. Once these are finished then comes the context as in “time and place” of these recordings into the audio collection. We have lessons from past archival situations in history that the addition of new materials can re-write the way we understand an event or circumstance. It is important therefore that care and due diligence be given to assuring that the audio is correctly assigned the proper and concise metadata so as to eliminate any future questions as to the provenance of a recording due to misinformation by a rush to publish listings or archival offerings.

As part of the transfer we once again had a chance to revisit the first audio recording we have of Srila Prabhupada in the
BA. The introduction to the BG made in New York 1966. A recording it so happens made by Srila Prabhupada himself complete with his handwriting as you can see here…




Mission Statement


Mission Statement

The Bhaktivedanta Archives serves as the official repository for the historical records of and about His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Its primary purpose is to collect, preserve, protect and allow dissemination of his teachings, images and life’s work for his students, scholars, and other interested persons who seek cultural, and spiritual development.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Welcome to the Bhaktivedanta Archives blog!

This blog is meant to bring you information about the Bhaktivedanta Archives so you are more informed about what we do... what we have and why we have it. This is not a political blog nor a place to discuss opinions.

We just want to give you interesting information about what we do and why we do it. As this is a new way to communicate we expect that we will be updating this blog regularly. We do ask your indulgence however as time goes on that the initial enthusiasm will wear off so the updates many become less regular. Also, we have lots to do so writing is not a top priority for us. Having said that please feel free to check back here regularly and we are sure you will learn things you didn't know about archiving, archival procedures and why archiving is important now and into the future.