About the Author

10701935_574967685623_2201307620810319830_nI consider myself an archivist, writer, technician and teacher in some order. I currently do that while working as a Software Preservation Analyst for Yale University Libraries and living in West Hartford, CT. I am a part of a team making emulation a more viable and accessible platform for digital archiving workflows through the EaaSI program.

Previously I worked for about three years as the staff Technician for NYU’s graduate program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (of which I am also a graduate, class of 2015). I worked to make sure students had top-notch, hands-on access to legacy equipment and the latest developments in media preservation tech.

It’s my goal with this blog to share the technical knowledge I’ve gained, in accessible and digestible fashion, to budding audiovisual and digital preservationists throughout the world of galleries/libraries/archives/museums.

11078203_10155360478525007_783614753502741174_nMy undergraduate background at Amherst College was in film studies and Russian language/literature. After graduating in 2012 I worked for a year at the college’s Center for Russian Culture, which introduced me to the joys (and frustrations) of archiving and preservation. While in New York, I worked on class projects, internships, and freelance jobs with various cultural organizations and preservation services, including The Jewish Museum, Northeast Historic Film, Major League Baseball, City College of New York, La MaMa E.T.C, and BB Optics.

I was also an active core member of XFR Collective, working to provide low-cost digitization and archival education to marginalized communities, artists and individuals generally unsupported by traditional institutions.

I am currently continuing research into the early history of film preservation and film industry inside the Soviet Union. I also occasionally write film reviews and have been published by The New Republic and Diabolique; if generally-coherent ramblings on current releases are your thing, I sometimes update my other blog, The Best Films of Our Lives.

Contact

Email: ethan.t.gates at gmail
Mastodon: @The_BFOOL@digipres.club
Twitter: @The_BFOOL
GitHub: @EG-tech

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