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Cinematographic Works

Standards for Cataloguing and Indexing


An initiative supported by the European Union


In contrast to bibliographic information the exchange between filmographic databases can be both very complicated and troublesome. This problem has been reinforced following an initiative undertaken by the cinema experts group resulting in a standardisation mandate to the CEN (CEN - European Committee for Standardization) by the European Commission. The aim is to


  • support the exchange of filmographic data
  • improve the access to the European film heritage and
  • and to intensify the dissemination of European films


by defining standards for film cataloguing and indexing.


The standardization mandate CEN/BT/TF 179 "Cinematographic Works" was given to DIN, convenor of the project is Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF. The standardization mandate includes two parts:


1) Minimum set of common rules on cataloguing and indexation.
For this purpose a minimum set consisting of 20 data elements is to be defined by the task force.


2) Film identification – Common rules on cataloguing and indexation
Here the goal is to develop a model structure for a film database.


The first phase of the project will be to establish a minimum set of 20 fields to be used as a standard. The British Film Institute will head up this phase in consultation with Archives Françaises du Film - CNC, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, ISAN and Lithuanian Central State Archive.


The next steps involve:

1. An analysis of existing database structures
2. An analysis of existing relevant standards
3. Mapping of existing "proprietary" data elements to the minimum set of 20 data elements.


Project Homepage: www.filmstandards.org

European Committee for Standardisation (Official Homepage): www.cen.eu



Ronny Loewy (CEN convenor)
Tel.: +49 (0)69 961 220 641
Fax: +49 (0)69 961 220 999