(8 January 2014) Libraries and universities with proprietary audio and video collections can now preserve and provide access to these information resources through a new service from ProQuest.
ProQuest Video Preservation and Discovery Service (VPDS) is a continuum of services designed to make video and audio content (to which the library has rights) fully discoverable. VPDS is a full service offering that includes digital conversion, transcription, metadata creation, and optional hosting and streaming. VPDS also creates transcriptions and indexes A/V content stored on tapes, hard drives, and other media, making high-demand content easily accessible through library discovery channels. All formats of video – even those that are obsolete – are eligible for the service.
“This service addresses a genuine frustration for libraries,” said Jane Burke, ProQuest Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives. “There’s growing demand by users for multimedia research content and libraries have it. However, it’s highly siloed and scattered. VPDS conquers that barrier, making multimedia collections easy to find and access. Libraries can now put more of their collections to work for their users.”
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