We get pretty decent cover image/AV details (i.e. video summary, review, etc.) coverage from Syndetics for our DVD/Blu-ray collection because they also match on UPC for media.

Coverage for most of our streaming video collections is quite poor because the metadata provided tends to lack UPCs (and the type of material perhaps is less likely to be included in Syndetics' database -- psychotherapy training videos, etc.)

We do get some (but not great) Syndetics coverage of some streaming audio collections where the vendor-provided metadata includes UPCs. 

Doesn't really answer your question, if you must use IMDB IDs, but Syndetics isn't completely useless in this area. 

Kristina M. Spurgin -- Library Data Strategist
     E-Resources & Serials Management, Davis Library
                      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
             CB#3938, Davis Library -- Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Josh Welker
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] DVD metadata
> Our library has a DVD browsing web page. Right now, it gets cover art and
> other metadata from (since IMDB has too restrictive of licensing),
> which requires a staff person to go manually to, find the DVD, and
> copy its ID number into a local record. Does anyone know of a more
> automated solution for linking DVDs with images and other metadata? Since
> most DVDs don't have an ISBN, the usual tools like Syndetics are useless.
> One useful feature of is that it allows looking up movies by IMDB ID
> numbers. Does anyone perhaps know of a cataloging service that provides
> DVD records and is able to include IMDB numbers?
> Joshua Welker
> Information Technology Librarian
> James C. Kirkpatrick Library
> University of Central Missouri
> Warrensburg, MO 64093
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