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Re: [ARSCLIST] cataloging question
First of all, thanks for the replies.
Secondly, I'm worried that the tone of my first post leaned toward
ignoring the nature of the information stored on the disc. And I
didn't mean to do that. In fact, that was the impetus for my question
in the first place.
It seems that the "videodisc" designation is flawed in more ways that
one. Certainly any number of files (and file types) can exist on a
DVD-R but I'm worried about about using two, three, or four altogether
different descriptions for the same physical item within the same
In other words, I'd prefer to rely more on the structure of the
carrier than the files they contain, though I mean not to ignore
completely the latter.
On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:22:44 -0800, Mike Richter <mrichter@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> At 02:44 PM 1/27/2005 -0800, Brandon Burke wrote:
> >I am in the middle of defining fields for a database of audio (and
> >video) holdings. I am trying to base as many physical description
> >tags as I can on AACR/IASA standards but I am not sure how to handle
> >sound files that have been saved as data on a DVD-R.
> >For instance:
> >* a DVD would usually be a "videodisc" but the contents in this case
> >are audio files.
> >* the contents, despite being audio files, are saved as data--in other
> >words, one cannot simply pop the disc into a player and hear the
> >matreial. So do they qualify as "audio"?
> >I'm inclined to call it a "videodisc" simply because the carrier is a
> >DVD, regardless of the contents. Details as to the disc's contents
> >can be fleshed out in an open text field such as "Summary" or "Notes".
> > I should also mention that, since this is a database and not a MARC
> >record, I'd prefer not to have exceptionaly long phys description
> >chains a la "1 sound tape reel (20 min.) : analog, 15ips, stereo, 1/4"
> >Any thoughts or suggestions?
> I am not an archivist and am a librarian only in that I have collections of
> my own. Still, let me point out that there is an a priori definition for
> the medium itself which may provide guidance.
> DVD-Video is a specified video standard playable in video devices (settop
> players, DVD-ROM drives) subject to constraints on rights and regions.
> DVD-Audio is a specified family of audio standards playable in some present
> devices and probably more generally playable in the future. Where CD-DA is
> a fixed standard, DVD-Audio implements a range of sample rates and
> DVD-ROM is a format in which data files are stored on a DVD. Those files
> may be video, audio, or neither - or any mix of those. Even if all have
> video content, I would not recommend calling the disc video; even if all
> are audio, the disc is not DVD-Audio.
> Further complicating the matter, one may put data and audio files onto a
> DVD-Video without violating the standard. In fact, most DVD-Video discs
> have a folder for audio; it may be part of the standard, though discs
> without it have given no trouble in any player I have used.
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