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James Snyder
Senior Systems Administrator, Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC)

James Snyder is an Emmy Award-winning digital media engineering, data and media archiving, preservation, production and project management specialist.

Ten years ago, the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., opened its doors. The facility houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings dating back to the 1800s. In his presentation, “Content Preservation and the Library of Congress,” Snyder will summarize the design basics of the Library’s NAVCC media preservation center, what has been learned in the first decade of operation, and ideas on how other media organizations can preserve new and existing content collections.

Snyder’s responsibilities include all audio, video and film preservation and digitization technologies, including long-term planning and implementation; long-term data preservation planning and implementation; technology services to the United States Congress and organizations on Capitol Hill; as well as standards participation and technology liaison with media content producers worldwide.

His 37 years’ experience includes projects for commercial, non-commercial and government organizations including MCI, Verizon, Intelsat, PBS, ABC, the Advanced Television Test Center, Fox News, Reuters and Discovery. He has consulted on projects for Sarnoff Corp., Turner Engineering, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, the News Corp., FedNet and multiple agencies of the U.S. Federal government. He has worked on key projects leading to the ATSC digital television standard, the HD Radio digital radio standard, the AXF Archive eXchange Format (SMPTE 2034) standard and the first consumer commercial HDTV satellite service Unity Motion. He teaches on analog and digital audio, video, television transmission and engineering basics for industry professionals through many public and private organizations.