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Research and Development

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative effort to establish a repository of ethnographic video recordings and an infrastructure of tools and systems supporting scholars in the ethnographic disciplines. With a special focus on the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore, anthropology, and dance ethnology, Project developers have created a set of tools and systems for use by scholars and instructors as well as librarians and archivists. Since its inception in 2001, the Project has been built through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the collaborative efforts of ethnomusicologists, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts.

The primary mission of the EVIA Project is to preserve ethnographic field video created by scholars as part of their research. The secondary mission is to make those materials available in conjunction with rich, descriptive annotations, creating a unique resource for scholars, instructors, and students. Project staff and contributors have created a support system and a suite of software tools for video annotation, online collection searching, controlled vocabulary and thesaurus maintenance, peer review, and technical metadata collection.

  • Evia Digital Archive used 50 mbps I-frame only MPEG2 and DigiBeta tape copies. Now they use uncompressed video and no DigiBeta backup. For MiniDV they transfer to a file and wrap with MOV.
  • They consider 8mm and Hi8 obsolete and MiniDV not obsolete

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