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Using digital video to record, present and share information about archaeology and heritage. Sarah Colley Dept. Archaeology, University of Sydney. Kentwell Cottage Video. Gojak team made video documentation of project on regular basis over several months

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Using digital video to record present and share information about archaeology and heritage

Using digital video to record, present and share information about archaeology and heritage

Sarah Colley

Dept. Archaeology, University of Sydney


Kentwell cottage video

Kentwell Cottage Video

  • Gojak team made video documentation of project on regular basis over several months

  • Produced basic log of digital video tapes

  • Colley logged & captured video from tape into Final Cut Pro

  • Basic editing (tidy, improve sound etc, cut 7 hours of video into 3-10 min clips, added metadata into clips themselves)

  • Exported clips in several formats with consistent filenames

  • Created systematic metadata records in Excel

  • Copies of archive on external hard drive & stored on backed-up USyd server space

  • Colley edited short interpretative video for You Tube


Using digital video to record present and share information about archaeology and heritage

Tape Log – Denis Gojak 2009


Future aims

Future aims

  • Upload to digital repository (e.g. USyDeScholarship Repository – DSpace)

  • Publish with e.g. Alexander Street Press – tagging to make more discoverable

  • Incorporate into extended version of NSW Archaeology Online


Lessons learned

Lessons learned

  • Fantastic tool for recording ‘information’ and also interpretation & presentation to audiences

  • Involves skill to improve quality (capture content, editing, compression & export in appropriate formats)

  • Digital rights & permissions management essential from start of project

  • Metadata schema & media management

  • Making content discoverable and accessible online

  • Archiving in a repository?


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