Deep Searching, System Integration, and Granular Control: Creating a Discovery and Access Platform for Video Content from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Making collection materials more openly discoverable and accessible to researchers is the core mission of many archives and libraries. This is also the mission of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (FVA), but the sensitive nature of its collection materials requires special considerations, for instance the need to maintain granular control over access permissions. Moreover, with a collection consisting of rich metadata like indexes, transcripts, catalog records and over 12,000 hours of video, the Archive needed to overcome serious obstacles inherent to searching AV collections. FVA was also intent on avoiding duplication of collection metadata in multiple silos. It needed a platform that would integrate with already existing databases of record. Finally, since the archive was embarking upon a complete website redesign, it wanted to provide users with a seamless experience when transitioning from website to collection search.