Preservation of digital audiovisual content

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Instructional Material or Procedure
Richard Wright, Richard Wright
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Preservation, Digital

A brief summary (2 pages) of the specific problems and solutions of audiovisual files.  The audiovisual (AV) record of the 20th century is at risk, and digitisation has been a solution, which has created a new problem: preservation of digital AV content. These files have requirements (size; specific formats) that are not adequately addressed by current technology. Best practice can be recommended, but three major changes are needed:

1) AV collections should use existing digital library and digital preservation technology;

2) technology should advance, to support time-based media;

3) mass storage and general information technology should advance, to support the specific requirements of AV files.

The document is provided by Digital Preservation Europe and contains an interesting list of references and further information.