Making the Most of Moving Image Metadata

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Ann Cameron from the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland on how the SSA is describing, digitising and displaying film from the national collection.

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Making the Most of Moving Image Metadata

  1. 1. Making the most of moving image metadata How the Scottish Screen Archive is describing, digitising and displaying film from the national collection
  2. 2. Scotland’s Moving Image Collection <ul><li>Set up in 1976 to locate, preserve & provide access to Scotland’s moving image heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the National Library of Scotland, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary, promotional, amateur home movie, newsreel, experimental shorts… and everything in between! </li></ul><ul><li>Film, video and born digital </li></ul>
  3. 3. Turning Detective - some cataloguing challenges <ul><li>Unique, fragile material & obsolete formats </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of (or too much!) supporting data </li></ul><ul><li>Title / Date / Place / Personality / Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Shotlisting </li></ul><ul><li>Completeness </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Digitising <ul><li>Analogue to Digital transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Speed correction </li></ul><ul><li>Quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Filenaming </li></ul><ul><li>In-house or Outsource? </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping track of it all = more metadata </li></ul>
  6. 7. Displaying <ul><li>Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Storage costs / IT infrastructure </li></ul>
  7. 8. Some web resources <ul><li>http://ssa.nls.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://discover.nls.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sabsonline.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://scotlandonscreen.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/user/NLofScotland </li></ul>
  8. 9. Balancing act! Time vs Resources
  9. 10. Yes, we can! <ul><li>Technical challenges, rights management, cost… there are lots of reasons ‘not to’…. </li></ul><ul><li>… but Scotland’s film heritage is for everyone to share in and learn about </li></ul><ul><li>Remain professional, embrace change, seek partnerships or funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Just do it. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Contact <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://ssa.nls.uk </li></ul>

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