Activist´s Guide to Archiving Video from Witness.org

There is a lot of useful and practical information for human rights (or other) activists on Witness.org´s webpage and blog. In the previous post I added files and links about Witness.org series of what to consider when filming. After filming you also need to take care of, archive and perhaps share the video material. Actually already when filming you need to make decisions that will affect the archiving including accessibility. They have an entire page that takes you through the process step by step; Create, Transfer, Acquire, Organize, Store, Catalogue, Preserve and Share. The page also translates to Spanish and Arabic (I think). The PDF-files below are from that webpage, so take a look or download them.

Activists Guide to Archiving Video – Witness.org 2013

Guía para Activistas para Archivar Video – Witness.org 2013

Or better yet, check out the webpage itself:

Witness.org´s Guide to Archiving Video-material

 

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Video for Change – Best Practices Series from Witness.org

There is a lot of useful and practical information for human rights (or other) activists on Witness.org´s webpage and blog. I found a guide on how to archive video, which I thought would fit nicely on this blog. But they also had a series of best practices when filming, so I start with those. The archive guide comes in next post.

This is what Witness.org writes on their webpage:

These tips have been created to provide activists on the ground, with filming guidance that will improve the likelihood that their videos will be used by media, human rights organizations and as evidence in the future. The best practices will also help serve to protect the safety and security of those involved in the filming process. They were developed with the support of video activists on the ground. We have integrated their hands-on experience along with WITNESS’ methodology and have come up with a unique selection of tips below that will help guide activists and citizen journalists while filming.

Two files type are available for download: .pdf and .rtf format. We recognize that every country has it’s own challenges while filming, so feel free to adapt and tailor these tips to your situation for greater influence and impact.

So you can go to Witness.org or Blog.Witness.org to read more and download the files. Or download the PDF-files here:

1. Before filming – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012
2. Documenting Injuries – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012
3. Filming Human Rights Documentation, Evidence and Media – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012
4. Filming in Teams for Evidence – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012
5. Sharing and Uploading Your Footage – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012
6. 10 tips for conducting Interviews – Best Practices from Witness.org 2012

and
Sending Video Safely Through Wild Wild Web – Witness.org 2013

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I'm studying archival science (include records management). My studies bring me to Bulgaria for six months.

I have been to Bulgaria on vacation but I don't know the language, Cyrillic alphabet or anybody. So I´ll be encountering many new situations and hopefully gain some insights from them. Some of it may end up on my blog. But even blogging is new to me sooo we´ll see...

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