Video Round Table

A short bibliography for digital video and digital rights management

Anderson, Chris. (Apr. - June 2005) Q and A with the author of The Long Tail. OCLC Newsletter (268). pp. 10-11.
Reports an interview with Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, concerning his "Long Tail" theory, which he published in the October 2004 issue of Wired magazine and in which he proposes to explain the shift in the supply of information that has resulted from the Internet, World Wide Web, and digital media. He explains what led him to the Long Tail theory, why libraries should be interested, his response to claims that the Long Tail view is not new; the influence of digital rights management (DRM) on the Long Tail, what the Long Tail does not represent, and the effect of the rise of the Long Tail on mass culture. Abstract from Library and Information Science Abstracts.

Dye, Jessica L. Studies come to life at Harvard Business School. Information Today 22(8). Sep 2005. pp. 54.
Describes the management of Harvard Business School's Online Video Library (OVL) and its importance in teaching a curriculum based largely on case studies. The OVL carries not only lectures from faculty but also guest speakers' visits, symposiums and other events. The latest version of OVL uses Video-Tools, a digital media portal platform and ClearStory Systems' Active Media software which allow the digital library to host thousands of videos.

Jerges, Erno. Digital Media Project. Part 1. Towards an interoperable DRM platform. INDICARE Monitor 2(4) June 2005.
Presents the first part of a two part article describing the origin and aims of the Digital Media Project (DMP), the fruit of a grass root movement that developed in 2003. Its main aim is to develop the fundamentals of standardized and interoperable digital rights management (DRM) for digital media. Although the project is making publicly available numerous documents on the Digital Media Project Web site http://www.dmpf.org, it is difficult to see the complete picture and to assess the project. The first part aims to give a brief overview of DMP and its approach. (For Part 2 see http://www.indicare.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=134). (Original abstract - amended)

Jerges, Erno and Kristof Kerenyi. (2005). Digital Media Project part 2: Chances of an open standard. INDICARE Monitor; 2(6).
Presents the second part of a two part article describing the origin and aims of the Digital Media Project (DMP) http://www.dmpf.org, the result of a grass root movement that emerged in 2003 with its main aim to develop the fundamentals of standardized and interoperable digital rights management (DRM) for digital media. Assesses the project in a critical manner finding out the chances of DMP to establish a de-facto or even a de-jure DRM standard. Concludes that there is a good chance for it to succeed, provided the proposed standard would be mandated, for example by the European Union (EU) for the European market. (For Part 1 see http://www.indicare.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=116). (Original abstract) Abstract from Library and Information Science Abstracts.

INDICARE Monitor Journal. Appears to be often devoted to the subject of DRM (digital rights management). Many, many articles on this topic. In
particular the February 2006 issue seems to have some useful articles.

Lasica, JD. (2005). Ourmedia: an Overview. Library Hi Tech News 22(4). pp. 22-23.
Purpose: To describe Ourmedia. Design/methodology/approach: The piece includes descriptions of the various media types Ourmedia handles, preservation issues, fair-use interpretations and upcoming developments. Findings: Ourmedia is a free open-source global repository for digital media. Abstract from Library and Information Science Abstracts.

Rynkiewicz, Robert P. (2006). Delivering services to patrons' doorsteps. Computers in Libraries 26(2). pp. 55-56.
Atlantic City Free Public Library, New Jersey, takes the view that library services must be delivered to users in their own homes, as well being provided to them when they visit the library. In October 2004, the Library introduced newer Internet protocols and techniques designed to push information to home users via electronic mail and the World Wide Web. The Library is using WebCalender, a Web-based calendar application, and Mambo, a Web site content management system, to provide the means for this push application. In addition to stabilizing the Library's book loans, which had been falling for some time, the new service provides access to online databases, links to various topics on the Web site, and delivery of electronic books (e-books) and audiobooks over the Internet with the Digital Library Reserve Overdrive Audiobook Project, offered through the South Jersey Library Network. Abstract from Library and Information Science Abstracts.

Waters, Donald J. (Feb. 2006). Managing digital assets in higher education: an overview of strategic issues. ARL Bimonthly Report, no. 244.
Discusses the growing application of the concept of digital assets in higher education libraries the way in which teaching and research in higher education are increasingly dependent on primary and secondary sources that are available in forms other than traditional paper-based books, periodicals, and manuscripts. The notion of "managing digital assets" also aims to allude to the realm of finance and insurance, and to suggest that these institutions and libraries are operating in a realm where change is rapid, and where prudence, skill, imagination, courage, and a good deal of risk taking are essential. Concludes that digital assets are resources for research and teaching in higher education, and that the aim of academic institutions in managing them is to advance knowledge and improve education. The article was based on a presentation at "Managing Digital Assets: Strategic Issues for Research Libraries," Washington, DC, 28 October, 2005. This forum was sponsored by ARL, CNI, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Digital Library Federation. The proceedings from the forum are available online at ( http://www.arl.org/forum05/). (Quotes from original text) Abstract from Library and Information Science Abstracts.