Innovative Ideas Forum April 10th 2008 National Library of AustraliaWhat is the Mediapedia Douglas Elford, Digital Preservation David Pearson, Digital Preservation
MediapediaDesigned to:• enable the identification of various media types for assisting with collection planning, assessment, documentation, infrastructure and preservation• recording business knowledge, from either internal or external communities, about these various media formats to enable to making a risk management evaluation or preservation decision
UsageInternal • Recording business knowledge • Media identification for the Digital Preservation Workflow Project • Assist in the identification of media for offers and collection assessment • Assist in the identification of media when managing collections and information technology infrastructure • Assist in the understanding the environment within which to make preservation assessments • Support the Digital Preservation PlanExternal – Regional [future possibilities] • Similar use by cultural institutions and government e.g. MAGDIR, Collections Council, Collections Australia, Digital Heritage Collections Action Plan Framework, etc. • Recording business knowledge • Share with others who also have a similar needsExternal – International [future possibilities] • Recording business knowledge • Community of shared ‘trusted’ knowledge • Collaboration on conservation options for various media • Collaborative voting system to enable community quantification of risk management
ClassificationIn order to cover such a wide range of media type, a systematicapproach has been taken to view them a more genericperspective.Initially they have been categorised by their: • genre or area of use type,followed by their: • process • carrier • enclosure/housing (optional), • trade name or common name (optional).Associated information includes: • Intermediate Tool / Access Path / technical requirements • Conservation assessment and community conservation knowledge • Genre Specific Specifications & Data Sheets
Classification SchemaGenre (Category) • Recording of the media genre (category) Data, Microform, Moving Genre Image, Sound, Still Image & UnmediatedProcess • Recording of the type of process used to record information Process e.g. magnetic, magnetic/optical, mechanical, optical, paper, photo chemical, photo mechanical, photo digital, solid state, etc. Carrier/HousingCarriers + (Enclosure) • Recording of the type of carrier, and optionally its enclosure. e.g. disc, disc/disk cartridge, disc pack, etc.Name Name • Basic instructions on recording Common Name of the carrier used to physical media.