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Moving Images and Sound Archiving Study - final draft available for

The last decade has witnessed a rapid growth in the creation of a
variety of
digital sound and moving pictures formats. The prominence of the World
Web and growth in digital technologies has enabled users to create,
download, and manipulate these born-digital files. Digital art forms are
emerging from these multimedia technologies, and large scale use of
film and music files has become a prominent feature of our cultural and
intellectual life. Another focus over the last few years has been the
conversion of analogue sound and film resources to digital format.
library technology now enables large, rare film and audio collections to
digitised. The scholarly and educational community has made particular
of this new media, which is playing an increasingly important role in
learning, teaching and research.

The long term preservation of moving images and sound resources however
challenging to approach, primarily due to their complex nature. Despite
substantial research into digital preservation in the UK over the last
years, relatively little attention has been paid to the long-term
and accessibility of multimedia files. In addition, development of
solutions and agreed metadata sets lags behind that of other resource
While much of the preservation knowledge base centres around static
files, it is essential that the HE /FE community is aware of the issues
preservation for a whole range of file types, especially complex
multi-object files types, such as moving pictures files.

Over the past few years, the JISC has funded a series of feasibility
which aim to assess the preservation risk and retention criteria for
content, and to help inform and prioritise the development of future
services and calls in digital preservation. The Moving Images and Sound
Archiving Study forms part of the feasibility study programme and has
funded to understand more fully the preservation challenges of digital
moving image and sound files, to scope the preservation requirements and
determine archiving methodologies and future research directions.

The study was conducted from September 2005 to May 2006 by a team from
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), the BBC Archives in the person
Richard Wright, and King's College Digital Consultancy Services in the
person of Simon Tanner. The study is now complete and a copy of the
final report is available for public consultation at   

Comments and feedback are invited till 31 July 2006, which will be
considered and incorporated into the final report.

Please send your comments to Sheila Anderson at the AHDS
([log in to unmask]) or Helen Hockx-Yu at JISC
([log in to unmask]).

Helen Hockx-Yu
Programme Manager
JISC Office, Kings College London
Strand Bridge House (3rd Floor)
138-142 Strand
London WC2R 1HH
Tel: 020 7848 1803
Mobile: 07813 024633