Guidelines for Streaming Audio-Visual Content

Available repositories

Cornell University Library hosts three delivery mechanisms that can stream audio-visual content: eCommons, CUL MediaSpace, and Cornell Digital Collections. Below are general guidelines and contacts to help you determine which repository is appropriate for your content. CUL also has established workflows for pushing course reserve content to Blackboard.

eCommons

eCommons is Cornell's general-level institutional repository. It provides long-term access to a broad range of Cornell-related digital content of enduring value.

  • Supported content types: eCommons accepts a broad range of Cornell-related content, representing the intellectual or administrative output of the university.
  • Access provisions: Open access; Cornell-only access; temporary access embargoes.
  • Submission: Self-submission; library-assisted batch submission.
  • Preservation: CUL has made a commitment to ensuring the long-term preservation and access to material deposited in eCommons. All items are assigned permanent URLs.
  • Other considerations: Limited collection branding. Does not provide a set of visually-branded, associated web pages for supplementary material about the content.
  • Additional information
  • When to use: Good for Cornell-related AV content where wide and permanent accessibility is desired. Good for material that needs to be cited in published work.
  • Contact: ECOMMONS-ADMIN-L@cornell.edu

CUL MediaSpace

CUL MediaSpace is a “YouTube”-like interface that provides short- to medium-term access to a range of AV content related to Cornell University Library. It is an out-of-the-box user interface for Kaltura.

  • Supported content types: Stand-alone AV content; licensed content requiring access limitations; ephemeral content.
  • Access provisions: Open access; Cornell-only access; access can be restricted to IP range, or individual IP or login.
  • Submission: Self-submission; library-assisted batch submission.
  • Preservation: CUL has not committed to maintaining MediaSpace, or preserving content within it. Items are stored in Kaltura; preservation system TBD.
  • Other considerations: No collection branding. Does not provide a set of visually-branded, associated web pages for supplementary material about the content.
  • When to use: Good for restricted-access AV content, content under development, or content with a limited life-span. If long-term access is desired, use eCommons.
  • Contact: dcaps@cornell.edu

CUL Digital Collections

CUL Digital Collections is our Hydra-based platform for delivering a wide range of content originating from CUL’s collections.

  • Supported content types: AV content belonging to thematically cohesive collection.
  • Access provisions: Open access; Cornell-only access.
  • Submission: Library-managed submission only (fee-based work).
  • Preservation: Items are stored in Fedora, Shared Shelf and Kaltura; preservation system TBD
  • Other considerations: Can provide contextualized websites integrated within Portal; allows for cross-searching other digital collections regardless of format (images, books, journals, etc.)
  • When to use: Good for thematically cohesive collections of AV content that require or benefit from substantial surrounding explanatory material to provide context, history, etc., and which would benefit from cross-searching other thematic collections within the portal
  • Contact: dcaps@cornell.edu

Blackboard

Cornell University Library maintains a link within all Blackboard courses to deliver course-related content.

  • Supported content types: Course related content from a wide variety of sources
  • Access provisions: Classroom only access
  • Submission: no self-submission (requires Course Reserve library staff)
  • Other considerations: Requires fair use waiver from faculty (to be renewed each semester material is required in classroom)
  • Contact: okureserve@cornell.edu

Copyright Guidelines for Audio-Visual Content

Below are general guidelines regarding intellectual property issues regarding streaming AV material. When in doubt, always contact copyright@cornell.edu before proceeding with disseminating your content.

Material type Permission to make preservation copy Single stream access Course Reserve use Cornell Library premise (all libraries) Cornell-only access Open access
Cornell generated content, no rights statement, orphan work Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Case-by-case
Cornell generated content, Cornell owns copyright Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Case-by-case
Cornell generated content, third party retains copyright Yes Case-by-case Yes Yes; has to be an obsolete format, media degration, or lost/stolen Yes, pending fair use review Case-by-case
Cornell generated content, waiver signed; pre-digital Yes Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver
Cornell generated content, waiver signed; post-digital Yes Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver Yes, pending review of waiver
Cornell purchased content, outdated media type/ can't be repurchased Yes Case-by-case pending fair use review Case-by-case pending fair use review Yes Case-by-case pending fair use review Unlikely
Cornell purchased content, outdated media type, can be repurchased Yes for unique or rare objects No Yes, when no streaming copy is available No No No