Cataloguing and Documentation Commission workshop
Wednesday, June 8 - 02.00 pm
Developments in the FIAF International FilmArchive Database
This workshop will introduce participants to the new customized database
software FIAF has commissioned from its publishing partner IVS-Iscientia.
The new software will offer FIAF affiliates a web-based method for indexing
periodicals for the International Index to Film Periodicals, and in
the future will also facilitate gathering of data for the Treasures
from the Film Archives and the Bibliography of FIAF Members Publications.
It holds great potential for streamlining work on these databases, which
are all included on the FIAF International FilmArchive Database. It
may also offer FIAF new data management possibilities for other projects
in the future.
In 2003 Rutger Penne, editor of the FIAF Periodicals Indexing Project
(PIP), began researching how to best replace the DOS-based software
previously used for periodical indexing and proposed a web-based solution
which could also be used for the other databases of the FIAF International
FilmArchive Database. Work on the project began in mid-2004 with development
of a data model and database layout. In this workshop, Rutger Penne
will present the new software system. He will describe the main features
of the new version of the International Index to Film Periodicals: serials
control, record structure, search modules, thesaurus application, and
the use of the Unicode character set, and will demonstrate how to create
and edit records. He will also describe progress on building modules
for the Bibliography and Treasures databases. The workshop will conclude
with an open discussion on ways the database can be used and further
developed to best serve the needs of the FIAF affiliates.