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Curating Digital Video - Identify

Q. How are digital moving image media represented and identified?

An important part of managing your digital collections is identifying what you everything that you are working with.  This includes identifying what digital content you have, what you are already preserving, and what content you may be acquiring.  You will also need to identify the file formats you have and assess the risk associated with these formats.  The first step in this is to know what physical media you have and how to access the digital information that it stores.


Take action

  • Library of Congress.  "Digital Preservation Outreach & Education workshops."
    As repository managers will tell you, managing, preserving and creating access to digital rich media audio and video files presents a complex set of challenges for administrators, content creators and users.  These workshops offer an overview of metadata and formats including the complexity of video metadata, and the challenges posed by those complexities, and a general overview of video in repositories.



  • Archival Moving Image Materials: A Cataloging Manual.  2nd ed. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2000.
    This web site provides updates to the 2000 edition, which is only available for purchase as a part of Cataloger's Desktop at
  • Rutgers University Libraries.  "Moving Image Collections."  Last updated July 22, 2003.
    Moving Image Collections (MIC) is an integrated online catalog of moving images held by a variety of organizations, including libraries, museums, archives and television broadcasting companies.  The goal of the Moving Image Collections portal is to provide a window to the world's moving image collections for educators, researchers, exhibitors, and the general public that also allows preservationists to collaborate in describing and maintaining this unique cultural resource and thus avoid costly duplication of effort.


Last updated on 08/27/13, 11:51 am by callee



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