A new thread emerged during the recent monthly conference calls of the Standards and Practices Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). What do we do about preserving video? It’s a problem for many of our members. One participant even commented that video is often the last content type to be added to digital repositories.
There are many potential reasons why video is problematic to preserve – the files are big and complex, providing access can be challenging, the equipment can be specialized and expensive – the list goes on. But out of all these, what are the most frequent and challenging stumbling blocks in preserving video? We’ve decided to find out.
The Standards and Practices Working Group has created a short survey – only three required questions – to help us identify and rank some of the issues that may hinder digital video preservation.
The results of this survey will help the Standards and Practices Working Group to explore more effectively these issues, better inform the creation and stewardship of digital video, and help us establish best practices for the long-term sustainability and accessibility of video assets.
We made our survey brief, knowing that it could only touch upon the high-level issues that video production, digitization and preservation professionals currently face. We hope we will receive responses from a wide range of participants.
You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q8BZDCH. Responses are requested before August 2, 2014. We appreciate your time in filling this out and look forward to sharing the results with you soon.