0. Ethical considerations

This document is not a Code of Ethics for all aspects of sound and audiovisual archiving. General ethical principles for sound and audiovisual archives (hereafter collectively referred to as audiovisual, unless otherwise stated) are covered in IASA Special Publication 06 Ethical Principles for Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

The guiding principles of this document can be summarised by the following statement:

Preservation enables us to disseminate to our successors as much of the information contained in our holdings as it is possible to achieve in our professional working environment. It is the responsibility of an archive to assess the needs of its current users and to anticipate to the extent possible the needs of future users, while balancing those needs against the condition of the archive and its contents.