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ARKive


Description
ARKive is a centralised specialist digital library of wildlife and environmental images and recordings. It brings together films, photographs and sound recordings currently held in a wide variety of private, commercial and specialist collections - many of which are at risk of loss or dispersal, and much is inaccessible for public access.

ARKive holds digitised copies of the films and photographs - copyright remains with the image owners. Its components include:

1) complete productions of scientific and historical importance; these include the top wildlife programmes from around the world, as well as a large collection of historical films documenting the changing genre of wildlife film-making;

2) Species holdings - a representative selection of moving images, stills and sound recordings of the world’s endangered species, as well as a comprehensive ‘British’ chapter documenting this country’s natural history;

3) Collection of filmed interviews with pioneering wildlife film-makers and others associated with the industry;

4) Library of books and journals associated with the history and techniques of wildlife film-making and photography;

5) database of the location and copyright details of all known collections of wildlife and environmental images and recordings.

ARKive has been created by Wildscreen, organisers of the world’s largest ad most prestigious wildlife film festival. There is public access to the entire collection at the project’s headquarters in Bristol and key images and accompanying educational resources are now openly available on the Internet at www.arkive.org
Website
http://www.arkive.org/
Keywords
Environment; Filmmakers; Natural history; Wildlife; Wildlife filmmakers
Access
Normal working hours, plus occasional evening screenings.
Access for outsiders
Yes. All open.
Facilities
In Bristol; video theatre, classroom, arkive research room with 2 viewing terminals.
Charges
To be announced
Copyright
Copyright of media remains at all times with the contributor(s); all media donors are asked to sign a ‘Copyright Licence Agreement’ with Wildscreen, to ensure their copyright interests are protected.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Library of books about history of wildlife film-making and books associated with wildlife films.
Still Images
Digitised still images(11,000 as of Nov 2005) of endangered species.
Video/Film
Initially approx 1,500 hours of videos of wildlife productions; CD-ROM library of interviews with wildlife film-makers.

Catalogues

Online catalogue
http://www.arkive.org:80/Adiuri/WaypointSearch?SA_id=1
Related website
Yes. www.arkive.orr www.planetarkive.org www.arkiveeducation.org
Digitised catalogue
It will be, according to funding.

Main Contact

Name
Ms. Harriet Nimmo
Job title
Wildscreen Chief Executive
Telephone
0117 915 7100
Fax
0117 915 7105
Email
harriet.nimmo@wildscreen.org.uk
Address
Wildscreen
Anchor Road
Harbourside
Bristol
BS1 5TT

Alternate Contact

Name
Richard Edwards, ARKive Director
Email
richard.edwards@wildscreen.org.uk

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