March 26, 2010 -- Federal Computer Week (external link) recently did a story that discusses how the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is helping government agencies preserve audio-visual information.
The initiative is a collaborative effort to define common guidelines, methods and standards to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner. Many federal agencies manage large audio-visual collections and have a stake in developing shared practices.
Carl Fleischhauer from the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, and convener of the audio-visual subgroup of the initiative, is quoted as saying that, "We want to define a set of specifications for the creation of digitized content that are as much as possible in common between different federal agencies." Fleischhauer notes that sharing formats and standards across agencies helps guide internal work.
A related article (external link) in the issue profiles the Library’s Packard Center for Audio-Visual Conservation.