Today, on the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, WGBH Media Library and Archives launches the Open Vault Vietnam Collection, an online video library drawn exclusively from the 1983 landmark WGBH series, VIETNAM: A TELEVISION HISTORY.
The Vietnam Collection contains hours of rare archival footage and in-depth interviews with key decision makers and veterans on both sides of the conflict, as well as enhanced tools to interact the media. This two-year project is a collaboration between WGBH Media Library and Archives, the University of Massachusetts/Boston (UMB), and the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL).
To coincide with the launch of this collection, WGBH’s Digital Mural is featuring images from the collection today!
Another new project for the Media Library and Archives. We’ve received funding from the NEH to digitize and stream 254 original interviews (video and transcripts) produced for the broadcast series War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. These digitized materials will join the Nuclear Age records already on Open Vault.
We are seeking financial support for this project. If you are interested in donating, we encourage you to support Open Vault. If you are interested in learning more about the Boston TV News Digital Library, please contact us.
Have you heard of PBCore?
It’s a metadata standard originally designed for public broadcasting materials. Today, however, many media archives and broadcasters make use of PBCore.
Open Vault uses PBCore to describe our archival materials. If you’ve ever used a library catalog you’ve probably encountered MARC without even knowing it. On Open Vault you’re encountering PBCore. It helps us structure our data in a consistent way and allows us to share it via the web!
If you’re interested in learning more about PBCore, check out PBCore.org. The WGBH Interactive and Media Library and Archives teams are currently working on both a re-design of the PBCore site as well as an upgrade to the standard itself.
If you’re a PBCore user or have suggestions for improving PBCore please submit your change requests and watch for PBCore 2.0 coming in November, 2010.
At PBS.org, you can watch My Lai, the new American Experience documentary on the 1968 massacre. The site also has transcripts from 2009 interviews with author Tim O’Brien and helicopter gunner Larry Colburn.
Here at Open Vault, you can watch and read a 1981 interview with another helicopter pilot, Frank “Fred” Hickey, and search records relating to Lieutenant William Calley, the the only US Army officer convicted of murder in the My Lai massacre.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently funded a report assessing the WGBH Media Library and Archives for scholarly use.
We welcome your thoughts on this research. Please share your comments below or contact us and be sure to include “Scholarly Assessment” in the subject of your message.