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MIC: Moving Image Collections is a portal for discovery of moving image resources which will facilitate collaborative cataloging, preservation, exhibition, and digitization activities. The MIC mission is to immerse moving images in the education mainstream, recognizing that what society uses, it values, and what it values, it preserves. MIC grew out of the National Moving Image Preservation Plans (U.S.) when the Library of Congress asked the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) to prioritize the plans' recommendations and develop implementation strategies.

MIC is a collaboration between AMIA and the Library of Congress, with major funding from the National Science Foundation. Developer sites are Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington. Alpha implementer sites include the Library of Congress, Cable News Network (CNN), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, National Geographic Television, the National Library of Medicine, Northeast Historic Film, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Pacific Film Archive, the Peabody Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Prelinger Collection at the Internet Archive, ResearchChannel, the Smithsonian Institution, and Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. The project is comprised of several interrelated component parts:


Union Catalog - a centralized catalog for access to moving image materials which will map and extend to a variety of metadata schema and incorporate interoperability for metadata mining and federated searching of distributed catalogs.

Archive Directory - a searchable directory of moving image repositories, with contact information, collection strengths (forms, subjects, formats), preservation, cataloging, and programming activities, guidance on how to obtain materials, etc.

Cataloging Utility - an input form to enable any participating archive to create records in standardized descriptive cataloging formats for ingest into MIC. A significant outreach tool to the many smaller archives lacking a web-based catalog.

Education and Outreach Space - a clearinghouse with links to information on preservation, cataloging, exhibition, and rights: bibliographies, glossaries, metadata and preservation FAQs, mentor directory, calendar, alerts for training, conference, and funding opportunities, plus step-by-step instructions for installing and implementing supported databases and catalog formats.

Dynamic web pages - a web presence for every participating archive, with dynamic search and display screens generated by MIC's Directory and unique Union Catalog architecture.

Portals - dynamic portals based on user-selected criteria (e.g. format, geographic location, collection genre types, audience served, archive roles) as well as more durable portals (e.g. digital video portals, feature film archives, subject-specific portals, etc.).


Detailed technical information and development timeline may be found at the MIC Project website, or contact Jane Johnson at