The USC Digital Repository announced on Thursday that it will be maintaining and preserving a 320-terabyte collection of audiovisual materials that has been created by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences throughout the last 50 years.The collection, filled with thousands of hours of footage, documents the history of the Academy through the Academy Awards ceremony, the Academy Film Archive’s digital restoration projects and other events and projects.The Academy Film Archive, which was established in 1991 and aims to support the preservation and restoration of film as well as the study of motion pictures, has become one of most extensive film collections in the entire world.The Digital Repository is an initiative that brings together USC Libraries, the Shoah Foundation, and Information Technology Services. The current arrangement between the Academy and the Digital Repository will focus on preserving the collection for the long term.“[The] purpose of the Digital Repository is to use the technology infrastructure of ITS and the Shoah Foundation, and the metadata and collection experts in the libraries to make a business out of preserving and making accessible huge digital collections that no one else can do,” said Hugh McHarg, associate dean of planning and communications for USC Libraries.McHarg went on to note that the work being done among these three USC institutions is unlike that at any other in the nation.“There is no other partnership at a major institution like the USC Digital Repository,” McHarg said. “It brings together the expertise that the Shoah Foundation has with the videos and audio of the Holocaust survivors’ testimonies; it brings together the expertise of the ITS and the high computing performance center. [It also] loops in the expertise of the libraries of cataloging and creating meaningful metadata so that people can find and discover these things now and in the future.”In a press release, Director of the Academy Film Archive Michael Pogorzelski noted the importance of maintaining film history.“Preserving the history of cinema in all its forms always has been a prime concern of the Academy,” Pogorzelski said. “That history lives in film reels, movie posters, lobby cards — and now, digital files. We need to preserve our digital history alongside our celluloid heritage for the next century and beyond. That’s what this project with USC is all about.”In addition to the technological aspect, part of preserving the collection will include extensive cataloging, so that in due time, people will be able to find the information they need and use it in a meaningful way.“It is one of the biggest collections in the Digital Repository to date,” McHarg said. “It is a pretty prestigious thing to have under our care.”
The No. 6 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) will look to stay undefeated at home against No. 13 Clarkson University (2-1-1) on Friday and Saturday.The Badgers rose from No. 17 to No. 6 in the national rankings following a convincing weekend against two-time reigning NCAA champion University of Minnesota Duluth. Wisconsin began a four-game home stand this past weekend by sweeping the Bulldogs with scores of 6–2 and 3–1. The Badgers have now won three straight games, propelling them to a terrific start to the 2019-2020 season.Clarkson University has already played a fair number of tough opponents in their schedule with significant success. They defeated and tied the University of Michigan in two games and fended off the University of Vermont.Men’s Hockey: Badgers dominate reigning NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth in home-opening sweepThe No. 6 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) made a big statement this past weekend in front Read…The Clarkson University Golden Knights sit comfortably in the national polls. But, following a 4–2 loss to No. 7 Providence College, they are hungry for a bounce back weekend against another ranked team.The highlight of Clarkson University this season has easily been their goalkeeping. Graduate student and goalkeeper Francis Marotte is currently allowing less than two goals per game and is saving just over 94% of the shots he faces.As a team, the Golden Knights have been scoring less than 2.5 goals per game and have been outshot by opponents in each of their four games this season. While they have been lacking results in five-on-five play, they have been superb on special teams and goalkeeping.Their power play has a success rate of about 31%, as they have scored four times on 13 power plays. Furthermore, their opponents have capitalized with a man advantage just twice in 19 attempts, marking a success rate of about 11%.Men’s Hockey: Badgers NHL draftees set to take off in freshman seasonFollowing an NHL Draft that featured four Badgers, the University of Wisconsin squad is loaded with young talent. Alex Turcotte, Read…This weekend will serve as an indicator of how productive Wisconsin’s offense really is. Possessing arguably the best goal-scorers in college hockey, Wisconsin’s offense will need to be present and potent.Their first line of offense of Alex Turcotte, Cole Caufield and Linus Weissbach have been unstoppable through the first four games of the season. While this line has been incredibly impactful, 13 other players have already put points on the board for the Badgers.The Badgers are scoring an average of 5.8 goals per game and are allowing opponents to score just 3.3 goals per game thus far. Their power play has clicked at an elite level, totaling a 39% success rate with seven scores in 18 attempts.Men’s Hockey: Chance for hot start to season lies aheadThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will face off against two Hockey East conference teams in their regular season-opening Read…Specifically, they have connected on the power play in each of their four games. They have also scored more shorthanded goals than power play goals given up, as opponents have scored on 12% of their opportunities, scoring just twice on 17 attempts.The Badgers hold a 5-4-2 advantage in their all-time series against Clarkson University. However, they have fallen to the Golden Knights in four of the last five meetings, the most recent being a 4–2 loss just a season ago.Game time is 7 p.m. CT both Friday and Saturday. The games can be viewed on FSW and listened to live on 1310WIBA. Both games can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerMHockey.
Former NFL running back Tiki Barber is ready to embark on his next business venture by investing in young marijuana and cannabis startups. “It’s simply a business opportunity,” Barber told Fox Business. “We wanted to put a group together that could attack this cannabis space in an intelligent way that makes sense for not only the business opportunity but also for minority communities and create a message of social progress.” ProFootballTalk reported earlier this offseason that the league could make changes to its substance-abuse policy, specifically how it relates to marijuana, in the next collective bargaining agreement. As the policy currently stands, players can either be fined or suspended for positive marijuana tests. Barber also shed light on his experience with the league’s process for drug testing, indicating it was easy for players to cheat the system.“We always used to call it like the ‘dummy test’ because you know when the test is going to happen so just be clean and as long as you’re not in the program you can probably get away with it even if they technically know that it’s happening,” Barber said. As co-founder of Grove Group Management, Barber is hoping to help startups overcome evolving regulations on the marijuana business. A main area where he wants to change the conversation is within the NFL. “We’ve seen the punitive nature with which the NFL attacks users of cannabis and I believe a lot of these guys are just self-medicating,” Barber explained. “They don’t want to be caught in the opioid addiction crisis that has affected a lot of former players because of the constant damage to your knees and your joints and that’s not even to mentioning the head trauma.” Related News Barber, who played nine seasons with the Giants, said he doesn’t use marijuana but has “dabbled with CBD-infused products for pain management.””It’s an evolving conversation with the league and I’m sure come 2020 or 2021 with a new collective bargaining agreement going to be negotiated, it’s going to be a talking point,” Barber added. “Guys are tired of managing their pain with things that are going to destroy their livers and make their lives down the line very untenable in some ways.” NFL Draft 2019: Several teams, including Giants, reportedly may prefer Drew Lock over Dwayne Haskins