Inside the Media Archive: Archiving Digital Video

Posted on January 12, 2011 by Yvonne Ng

Inside the Media Archive is an ongoing, occasional behind-the-scenes look at the practices, methodologies, tools, and resources the WITNESS Media Archive has developed and implemented to manage our collection of human rights video documentation.


Video archiving? Production-oriented workflows? Controlled vocabularies? MD5 checksums? What does it all mean???

If this is something you have been wondering lately, then the following Prezi video is for you!  It is adapted from a presentation I gave at the 2010 Association of Moving Image Archivists conference as part of the panel “Case Studies in Managing Born-Digital Content.”  It may be a bit esoteric for some, but if you like talking about metadata, are grappling with how to manage your digital video files, or are just curious what goes on inside a human rights video archive, read on for an introduction to the archiving system we have been building for the past seven years.

Enjoy, and please comment if you have any questions!

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Jessica Radcke February 3, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  2. Jonathan Marks January 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Well done on coming up with a logical and robust workflow.

  3. erwin January 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I do like (talking about) metadata – thanks for posting this!

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