FAQ


Who produces the AV Artifact Atlas?

We do! AVAA is a community resource. It was started by the Stanford Media Preservation Lab and New York University, using examples of artifacts gathered in their digitization work. The Bay Area Video Coalition led a project in 2013-2014 to enhance the Atlas. Ashley Blewer managed the site’s migration from its original Wikimedia platform to GitHub.

How can I edit or contribute content?

We welcome contributors! Please see our contributor’s guide, which is currently a work in progress. If there are steps that are unclear, please feel free to let us know via the issues tracker.

Why doesn’t AVAA contain artifacts from motion picture film?

We need examples! AV Artifact Atlas was initiated by archivists who work primarily with video and audio, so it’s a little lacking in the film department. If you have a film artifact to share, please do! See contributor’s guide or send us an issue on the tracker.

Read all about AVAA and copyright here.

I’m new to GitHub. Where can I learn more about how to use it?

There are many resources on the web for learning git and GitHub. Hello World is a well-known guide for the beginner.

If you’d like to learn how to update AVAA from the command line on your local machine, we recommend this user-friendly manual from Roger Dudler.

GitHub has a great cheatsheet that can get you started with the language used in Markdown (.md) files. “Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers.” Gruber 2004.

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