Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation
Biography
Sam Gustman has been CTO of the Shoah Foundation since 1994 and is also associate dean at the USC Libraries, where he holds a faculty appointment. He is in charge of IT for the Libraries, where he has also started the USC Digital Repository. As CTO of the Shoah Foundation Institute, Gustman provides technical leadership for the integration of the Institute’s digital archives into USC’s collection of electronic resources, ensuring the archives’ accessibility for academic and research communities at USC and around the world. He is responsible for the operations, preservation, and cataloging of the institute’s 8-petabyte digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world.
Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation
SPEAKER FILM
Sam Gustman – Preserving the Stories of Our Past for the Future
Sam Gustman – Preserving the Stories of Our Past for the Future

In his work for the USC Shoah Foundation, Sam Gustman has pioneered data preservation techniques that will allow the testimonies of 55,000 genocide survivors to exist and be accessible for future generations. The Foundation was created in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, who, after the release of Schindler's List, recognized the importance of the first-person narrative and began documenting survivor testimonies. Today, under Gustman's guidance, the Foundation continues to research new methods of collecting, preserving, and presenting survivor testimonies and holds 11 patents on the digital collection management technologies it has developed. In his work, Gustman explores the fragility of digital media and questions what the supertext of the future will look like in a world of shifting technologies.