54 minutes | Nov 4, 2020

#56 Engineering Empathy: Building Innovative Access Systems and Preserving Video Testimony with Sam Gustman, CTO and Associate Dean at USC Shoah Foundation and USC Libraries

On this episode of The Workflow Show, hosts Ben and Jason interview Sam Gustman, CTO of USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) and Associate Dean and CTO at the USC Libraries where he oversees IT for the Libraries and started USC Digital Repository (a CHESA client). Their discussion covers the intricacies of maintaining a media archive to last for generations, including file management and migration, avoiding bit rot, preservation quality video codecs, and the Dimensions in Testimony project which uses AI to allow people to have a real-time conversation with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide.  Sam Gustman also elaborates on the origination of the Shoah Foundation and the important work they do for education, highlighting the voices of genocide survivors and leveraging technology to engender respect and understanding. Episode Highlights: Sam Gustman outlines the start of the Shoah Foundation as an effort to archive and maintain interviews of victims of the holocaust, founded by Steven Spielberg after the release of Schindler’s List. Ben and Jason ask about the hurdles of storing and managing a multi-Petabyte collection of digital video, such as monitoring for bit rot, ingesting metadata, preservation quality video codecs, and even the possibility of utilizing blockchain to preserve video across the internet. Sam, Ben, and Jason discuss the importance of the Visual History Archive’s work in education  providing compelling ways to access a vast library of experience as the Shoah Foundation continues its mission to document and provide students and researchers with tools to interact with, search, and learn from testimony. The Workflow Show is available on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube Subscribe on Castos Resources We Mention: See the 60 Minutes on the Shoah Foundation's Dimensions in Testimony project using Artificial Intelligence. More From CHESA and The Workflow Show: More on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from The Workflow Show on AI and taking advantage of the value of your content library, and how automation for your infrastructure might be the solution you’ve been seeking.
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