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I am an archivist, developer, and technologist specializing in video preservation, digital repository management, infrastructure/community building, computer-to-human interpretation, and teaching technical concepts. I care about education (especially in/with tech), access (especially to moving images), the act of creation (especially on the web), and good archival practice (especially with digital formats).
If referring to me, the pronouns I use are she/her.
I blog here sometimes!
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I am happily employed as AV Preservation Specialist at Artefactual Systems, where I work primarily as a systems archivist. I describe that role somewhat here. In the past, I've worked for numerous organizations including but not limited to the New York Public Library, Bay Area Video Coalition, MediaArea, and the University of South Carolina in archivist, (technical) development, and digital repository specialist roles (or a combination of the above).
Learn more about my work experience and background, and what I have learned, here: "How did I get here?"
If my resume is what you are after, download it here.
Working on and in open source is important to me. I have been fortunate to have worked on several open source projects, most notably QCTools and MediaConch, and to be involved with the standardization of Matroska, FFV1, and FLAC through the IETF. Some of my contributions can be found on Github.
💻 Software development
- Exploring the Vasulka PDF Archive
- See Github for day-job-related software development work.
- A/V Artifact Atlas
- LaMaMa ETC Digital Collections | [article]
- QCTools signalserver
🗣 Speaking and 🍎 Teaching
All my talks can be found here.
- avpres-training ✨
- Digital Preservation Coalition: Pragmatic Audiovisual Preservation TechWatch Report
- ffmprovisr | [blog]
- Archivematica technical training videos/documents
- IETF CELLAR Working Group
- Minimum Viable Station Documentation
- Minimum Viable Station Documentation: Recipes
- No Time To Wait! Symposium
- Validators! Supporting PBCore and Avalon Media System Manifest Files
- My Recurse Center Syllabus
- The Collection Management System Collection
✏️ Published writing/inteviews
- iPres: Archivematica as a Case Study for Sustained Digital Preservation [PDF]
- iPres: Sustainability Through community: ffmprovisr and the Case for Collaborative Knowledge Transfer [PDF]
- "The Word Real Is No Longer Real": Deepfakes, Gender, and the Challenges of AI-Altered Video [PDF]
- Museum of the Lost Web: Freezone
- SAA ERS: Trained in Classification, Without Classification
- Archivist's Alley: Ashley Blewer: Digital archiving, open source work, & systems of strength
- iPres: Status of CELLAR: Update from an IETF Working Group for Matroska and FFV1 [PDF]
- The Signal: Demystifying Digital Preservation for the Audiovisual Archiving Community
- The Signal: Improving Technical Options for Audiovisual Collections Through the PREFORMA Project
- The Signal: Wisdom is Learned: An Interview with Applications Developer Ashley Blewer
- NYPL: Technology is People
- LITA Guides: The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages (Ruby chapter)
- NYPL: Women's History in Digital Collections
- Bustle: Article about being a young woman interested in technology
- cats: a command line tool
- Film Formats Quiz (ft. Beyoncé)
- Learn to Code! 90s Style (a tiny gallery)
- jams list
- Poirot Yourself!
- Portable Auroratone
- Scopitone Jukebox
- SMASH ART (desktop only)
- Spice rack
- Star Trek Signal Loss | [writeup@avclub]
- @nypl_cats and @nypl_dogs | [writeup@fusion]
🎨 Art ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Throttled (2020)
- "Cry Map, Greater Boston Area, ca. 2010" (2017) | [blog]
- "kill your idols" (2015-2017)
- Rotoscopes! (2009)
- A comic about a cat (2008)
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