How can I host a digital archive?
August 28, 2007 7:25 AM Subscribe
Online digital archive: Is it realistic to consider using the Internet Archive for distributing archived digital media or do we need to build it from the ground up?
posted by imposster to Education (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in discussions with some people to create an online digital archive of oral culture. The materials would consist of video, audio, and images all of which would be cared for in their physical form by an established nationality archive. It is associated with the a university (and the next step is to look at different grant options), but in case we can't get outside support, I wonder if using the Internet Archive is a viable distribution channel. Probably we'd end up creating a wiki-style front end to organize the material with links back to the files (or having files embedded on the pages).
I've placed material with IA and it worked out very well. But I'm not an archivist or a librarian and I'm hoping other people might be able to point out the holes the problems with this. At the moment, the only thing I can think of is that there is no guarantee that IA will offer hosting in perpetuity which could require migrating the files to another host in the future.