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Learning and Teaching Repository Newsletter Issue 5, April 2014
About the Learning and Teaching Repositories Community
What is happening within the Community?
Recent discussions with the core expert group have highlighted that there is no formal digital preservation policy available for the learning and teaching community and HE institutions have a general tendency to follow a ‘good will’ approach. The group is therefore trying to identify and connect with bodies or institutions within their country that have already defined best practices or guidelines specific to AV learning and teaching materials. In the UK Jisc and BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) play an important role in the higher education sector offering advice related to the use of sound and moving images.

The investigation into digital workflows and preservation needs of the community members continues to demonstrate different levels of engagement in digital preservation practices. A common theme emerging is the demand for automation and cost-efficient solutions.

Open-source technology seems to be the most adopted option for many higher education institutions because of their lack of financial resources, however there is a great desire to understand what commercial solutions are available for learning and teaching repositories. One of the main challenges experienced by AV professionals in this field is related to the cataloguing and access of content. Metadata standards like METS, Dublin Core, PREMIS have been adopted by the majority of users, but their implementation is still a large area of learning. In particular partners share the need to map common fields across multiple standards ensuring the presence of different vocabularies without losing the domain point of view.  For universities engaging in e-learning a key issue is also the management of metadata across a range of digital objects (audiovisuals, interactive exercises, PDF documents, websites, graphics etc.).  Within metadata related technologies the group has also discussed the use of automated metadata extraction tools such as CatDV (proprietary) and the availability of software to embed a variety of metadata sets into the digital file so that the digital object does not get separated from its contextual data. This latter point raised a discussion at the first Presto4U workshop in Paris with some participants arguing that keeping the metadata separated facilitates the update of information without having to modify the digital object, however we all agreed on the importance to preserve everything together including the links and reference to context.

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Jisc Digital Media Infokit
This Jisc Digital Media Infokit provides a simple outline of what needs to be taken into account when undertaking more complex digitisation, offering technical advice relating to the digitisation and care of specific media formats; and advice on equipment.  It is aimed at all levels of staff involved in high-level digitisation (HLD) with sections dedicated to addressing managerial and project level issues as well as advice on the practical and more technical elements of digitisation.

Jisc Digital Media is part of Jisc, a UK registered charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.

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Upcoming Events
June 23: Making Metadata Work – This event will be a showcase for the latest developments in the evolution of the Semantic Web, exploitation of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), metadata annotation to aid workflow automation, information retrieval in networks of diverse media assets, Linked Data, and other opportunities for using metadata. It is a Joint Meeting of ISKO UK, IRSG (Information Retrieval Special Interest Group of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT) and DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)

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