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has to handle a variety of media types
and distribute them through different
channels: radio, television, print, and
online.The project covers both newly
created assets and archival material, and
the overall strategy incorporates the
needs of different types of content cre-
ator. Capturing metadata throughout
the lifecycle, from the initial idea
through creation and storage, will allow
the system to fulfil its potential.
Sweden's Sveriges Television net-
work
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has recently put into place a
DAM system which includes the auto-
matic storage of content in a central
repository and the generation of meta-
data from television footage.
Significantly, all of the network's media
assets are stored, handled, and trans-
ferred in a standard format, .dif, allow-
ing a dedicated DAM system to be
built specifically for content held in this
way.This work is comparable with
work supported under the Fifth
Framework's IST Programme on the
Amicitia project,
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which `aims at build-
ing the base for a continued and viable
digital preservation of and access to
television and video content through
the construction of various vital com-
ponents enabling a digital archiving
system to serve all required roles in
ingest, management, access and distri-
bution of audiovisual material'.
Metadata: practice
A carefully considered metadata strategy is fundamental to successful DAM system
implementation. Indeed, the stored metadata is the foundation upon which requests for
material and the subsequently found objects sit. A number of varied metadata standards
have been employed throughout the cultural heritage sector, mainly in library and
archive environments.These standards have been improved and expanded recently to
cover new and innovative applications and uses of digital content.The UK Government
Digital Asset
Management Systems
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The professional interface of the Amicitia project
Amicitia
The public Web interface of the Amicitia project
Amicitia
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http://www.svt.se/
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http://www.amicitia-project.de/