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The legal deposit of Audiovisual and Multimedia material in France

The aim of this paper is to set out the principles concerning the legal deposit of Audiovisual and Multimedia material employed by the Audiovisual Department of the National Library of France. It will list the main characteristics of this legal deposit process in terms of chronological factors, geographical factors and the types of media covered.

It will show how collection activity is today complemented by a preservation plan thanks to systematic digitisation of material held.

It will also show how the preservation and consultation of this legal deposit are linked through the audiovisual system of the Audiovisual Department. Last, we will mention the latest challenge facing the Audiovisual Department and the legal deposit of Audiovisual and Multimedia material: the Internet.

France digitizes video at: 720x576 resolution in 4.2.0 MP@ML MPEG2 Full D1-Program at 6 or 12 Mbits.

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