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Premise and mission

The primary mission of the EVIA Project is to preserve ethnographic field video created by scholars as part of their research. The secondary mission is to make those materials available in conjunction with rich, descriptive annotations, creating a unique resource for scholars, instructors, and students. The EVIA Project was initially driven by a realization that a large amount of research video had not been deposited in institutional archives and was instead stored in personal collections in improper conditions with little or no access to anyone besides the scholar who made the recordings. In some cases where formats had become functionally obsolete, even the scholar was unable to view his or her own recordings. The ability to preserve these recordings and make them available to other scholars is a cornerstone of the EVIA Project. Even when such recordings have been deposited into an institutional archive, raw ethnographic field video has only been available by visiting these archives, many of which have limited capabilities for providing access to video. In effect, several decades of audiovisual documentation as part of field research has been closed to further research and is now in danger of being lost forever. Out of this core premise we developed an extended research support mission that has built tools and infrastructure to not only preserve and document recordings, but to make them part of the scholarly enterprise through a unique form of peer-reviewed online publication.

To advance this mission, we partnered with the University of Michigan, which had an excellent facility for video transfers and a commitment to large-scale technological innovation. Combining this with the expertise at Indiana University in media preservation and digital libraries, we began with a yearlong planning process where we established the basic concerns of the project and how we would address them.


At present, we have focused on two primary types of collection development. The first relies on an application process to select scholars to become EVIA Project Fellows and to incorporate ten hours of their research video into the archive. These ten-hour collections are digitally preserved and then prepared for annotation using our software tools. Groups of fellows are brought to Indiana University to participate in a two-week–long summer institute where they are trained and supported in the annotation of their collection.

The second method of content acquisition has been to collaborate with other projects or individuals that have or will generate significant amounts of video content. We work with them to build in preservation and access services for their research video. In these cases, the annotation is less detailed and will not likely be peer-reviewed as the individual scholarly collections will be.

Scholarly publishing

The EVIA Project is unusual in its employment of peer review for video annotations. In addition to establishing bodies of knowledge in which authors have met the standards of their discipline, peer review bolsters the confidence of readers in the quality of information, especially in research subject areas in which they themselves are not experts. It is our intention to create both a stand-alone publication and a resource that can be used in conjunction with other print or online materials. As part of this support for published scholarship, we create persistent URLs (PURLs) for all video segments. These PURLs facilitate long-term access to video content and enable authors to publish links in printed material or to ensure that content linked from within a digital publication will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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