March 2003 meeting of SC-03-06

Report of the SC-03-06 Working Group on Digital Library and Archive Systems of the SC-03 Subcommittee on the Preservation and Restoration of Audio Recording meeting, held in conjunction with the AES 114th Convention in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003-03-22.

Chair T. Sheldon convened the meeting and welcomed all attendees.

The agenda and the report from the 2002-10 meeting in Los Angeles were approved as distributed.

Open Projects

AES-X98: Review of Audio Metadata
The administrative metadata area is being addressed in two parts.

Part I: Review of Administrative Metadata for Audio. Audio Processing History Metadata Schema. D. Ackerman, principle author, presented the latest working draft from Task Group SC-03-06-A, and reviewed the background that led to its current shape. It is not a framework for data. Rather it documents what equipment was used, how it was set up, and other, similar, pertinent information that could be needed in the future. The schema is designed to be flexible and adaptable. Ackerman felt that this Processing History metadata should not be transmitted with the data.

R. Wright indicated concern about alignment of the draft with SMPTE approaches and documents. C. Chambers said that the opportunity exists to feed back into the SMPTE Dictionary any additional elements that are needed.

Part II: Core Audio. Ackerman serves as principle author for this document also. He proposes to change the approach of Core Audio to align it better with SMPTE. At some point, SMPTE will be consulted for comments to strengthen alignment of the Core Audio document with SMPTE metadata principles and approaches. The meeting agreed that the Core Audio document should be developed as a standard.

The Descriptive Metadata draft document was reviewed and deemed ready for review as a PWD. Following that stage it will be formatted by the Standards Secretariat with the aim of publication as a standard.


AES-X120 : Liaison with International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)
The current arrangements for the liaison relationship was reviewed. It was reported that within IASA the liaison has now been assigned to the Technical Committee. The liaison has been strengthened in the last year by joint memberships on both IASA and AES committees.

New Projects

The possibility of reorganizing the work being undertaken by SC-03-06 and SC-06-06 was noted and discussed briefly.

New Business

There was no new business.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of SC-03-06 will be held in conjunction with the AES 115th convention in New York, NY in October 2003.
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