University of South Carolina Video Archive

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Project
Video Archive for University of South Carolina

Duration
October 2012 to July 2013

Objective
Design and implement an OAIS compliant, digital repository for very high definition digital surrogates of rare archival film elements and provide free online public access to lower resolution copies of archival film and video.

Background/Strategy
In 1980, the University of South Carolina received over 2,000 hours of unique film material from the Fox Movietone News Library, some of it dating back to 1919. The university began encoding this video into digital format starting in 1997 and designed a tiered storage and online access environment in 2006 but were not able to fund the realization of this environment. Fast forward to 2011, some funding was received internally to begin planning a pilot repository project which included purchasing hardware, identifying open source software and identifying a development partner. They selected Islandora as the framework upon which to build this archival video collection and discoverygarden inc to provide development and consulting services.  

Result
discoverygarden reviewed the requirements and current framework within USC, provided a development environment to in the form of a virtual machine running the latest version of Islandora, developed a content and object model architecture, implemented a faceted search utilizing SOLR, developed a Drupal theme for the site, developed a management interface for adding and maintaining content, and assisted in manipulating existing metadata to fit the latest pbCore standard.  The resulting repository uses Islandora core - but none of the solution packs. There are 3 video formats in this installation to help manage large video files. They are Preservation Masters, Mezzanine files and Access Variants. The Islandora installation interacts with a USC filesystem to manage the large amount of data. A subsequent phase of work included adding auto extraction of metadata from the preservation master files.  USC  has since added another 4,000 hours of unique material from a number of sources and was able to create individual collections within the extensible Islandora framework.