Thursday, March 12, 2015

MediaSCORE and MediaRIVERS preservation prioritization tool

MediaSCORE and MediaRIVERS preservation prioritization tool.  Mike Casey, Patrick Feaster, Chris Lacinak. Indiana University, AVPreserve. March 12, 2015.
Indiana University has announced the release of free, open source media preservation prioritization software created in collaboration with AVPreserve.
  1. MediaSCORE (Media Selection: Condition, Obsolescence, and Risk Evaluation). This tool enables a detailed analysis of degradation and obsolescence risk factors for most analog and physical digital audio and video formats.
  2. MediaRIVERS (Media Research and Instructional Value Evaluation and Ranking System). This tool guides a structured assessment of research and instructional value for media holdings. 
Some additional key features of the software include:
  • Browser-based web-application for all Windows and Mac operating systems 
  • Permissions based access and views across MediaSCORE and MediaRIVERS.
  • Controlled vocabularies and field validation to help ensure consistent data entry.
  • Provides auditing path to help with quality assurance and transparency.
The two applications are bundled together but may be used separately. They can be found along with a detailed user guide on GitHub at Also available is a conceptual document that explores assessment of research and instructional value. The software requires installation and configuration on a server, requiring the appropriate expertise. AVPreserve is also offering MediaSCORE/RIVERS as a hosted application on a monthly subscription basis.

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