The CAVA (human Communication: an Audio-Visual Archive) project will establish a digital video repository to support the work of the international human communication research community, initially populated with a minimum of 600 hours of rights-cleared digital content owned by UCL researchers.
Video resources in the CAVA repository will be described using a subset of the IMDI metadata standard. Transcripts and other supporting material, where available, will be deposited alongside the videos. Access to the repository content will be restricted to bona fide researchers, and the project will develop procedures and processes for managing access in accordance with subject consent. Issues around the long-term preservation of the repository content will also be explored. The CAVA repository will enhance the discoverability and re-usability of expensively-created, specialist video content, for the benefit of the community of human communication researchers worldwide.
CAVA is a collaboration between several UCL Departments and Research Centres:
- UCL Library Services
- The UCL Research Department of Developmental Science
- The UCL Research Department of Language and Communication
- The UCL Centre for Human Communication
and the UK Data Archive (UKDA).
The project is co-funded by UCL and the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK).