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Glossary

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Acquisition, Usage, and Restrictions
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that contains such fields as General Note, Terms Governing Use, and Actions. These fields contain general explanations about an item as well as specific information about its uses.

Answer Print
An early print of a finished film, not ready for exhibition. Not an archival term.

Camera Original
The unedited film or video that was shot or used for recording in the camera (also referred to simply as "original"). See negative.

Compilation Tape
A videotape containing more than one complete work.

Control Number
A unique number assigned to a specific element of a work.

Database
A collection of information concerning a certain topic organized in a logical fashion for easy access and speedy retrieval.

Director
The person who supervises and instructs actors and other technicians during the making of a film or video.

Dubmaster
A copy of the master used for making additional copies.

Field
The building blocks that create cataloging records. Each field stores one particular type of information.

Filmmaker
The person with overriding creative control of a film.

Intellectual Access
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that includes such fields as Names of Main Contributors, Genre, and Subjects. These fields are most useful for searching across records and for categorizing the item by subject matter and names of participants.

Internegative
Negative made from a positive original. Essential for preserving reversal films.

Interpositive
Positive made from a negative original. Intermediary step for making an internegative.

Local Information
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that includes the fields Location, Local Information, and Cataloger. The data in this section pertain solely to the holder of the item.

MARC
MAchine Readable Cataloging. The standard system for computerizing cataloging records. Also called USMARC (there are slightly different systems in other countries, e.g., DenMARC).

Master
The highest quality, earliest generation of a finished tape.

Negative
Film originally shot in a camera and processed as a negative image.

Physical Description
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that includes such fields as Format, Generation, Running Time, Additional Copies, and Condition. These fields contain data that fully describe the physical entity to which the record refers.

Producer
The person who finances or assumes overall supervision of a film or video.

Record
The basic unit of a database. Each record stores information on a single entity.

Reference Copy
A copy of the tape used for exhibition or viewing purposes, also known as the viewing copy.

Reference Print
A copy of the film used for exhibition or viewing purposes.

Release Print
A print of a film intended for exhibition purposes. Not an archival term.

Reversal
Film originally shot in a camera and processed as a positive image.

Submaster
A copy of the master not used for exhibition.

System Control Number
An automatically assigned number, unique to each record.

Title and Intellectual Description
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that includes such fields as Title, Series Title, Main Credits, Participants-Performers, Description, Name of Distributor, and Date of Production. These are the fields that most fully describe the work contained in the item, and remain the same in every pertinent record.

Unique Identifiers
The section of the IMAP Cataloging Template that contains the fields Control Number, Old Number, and Shelf Location. These numbers pertain only to one item described in a record so that it may be easily retrieved.

Videomaker
The person with overriding creative control of a video.

Workprint
A copy made from a camera original, intended for editing purposes. Not an archival term.

     

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