WGBH Educational Foundation; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); New York University (NYU).
Subject: Partners in this project will collaborate to establish
procedures, structures and national standards necessary to preserve
public television programs produced in digital formats. Thirteen and
WGBH are the two largest producers of public television content in the
United States. Through PBS, their productions are made available to
audiences from coast-to-coast. Together, these three entities produce
and distribute the majority of public television in the United States.
NYU is home to one of America’s most distinguished research libraries
and the university recently established a graduate-level program in
moving image preservation, which includes the exploration of digital
technologies. The four partners will focus on such influential series
as “Nature,” “American Masters,” “NOVA” and “Frontline,” which are
increasingly being produced only in digital formats, including the new
high-definition standard (HDTV). Issues associated with the
preservation of important corollary content, such as websites that
accompany broadcasts, will also be examined.