2.2. Processing and Preservation

Long-term preservation of sound and audiovisual documents needs particular skills and infrastructure. It generates continuously high costs. Therefore, before accepting sound and audiovisual documents for long-term preservation an institution should verify if its mission permits it to do so and if there are sufficient trained personnel, adapted infrastructure and financial means in the long term budget. If this is not the case, the documents should be handed over to a better adapted institution.

If there is no legal obligation to keep a collection as a whole, a process of appraisal, prioritisation and selection should be carried out. (See the “IASA Task Force on Selection” document1).

1. see http://www.iasa-web.org/task-force