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EIDR Association Welcomes the Library of Congress

The Entertainment ID Registry Association announced that the Library of Congress is joining the organization.

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Library of Congress Joins Entertainment ID Registry

Underscores Growing Role of EIDR for Archival and Commercial Uses

Washington, D.C., December 2, 2014. – The Entertainment ID Registry announced today that the Library of Congress has joined the EIDR consortium. The Library of Congress plays a crucial role in cataloging and conserving copyrighted film and television works, and its decision to join EIDR recognizes the shared interests of archivists and commercial creators and distributors in advancing the adoption of a universal audiovisual ID system. Content owners, archivists, distributors, and technology solution providers increasingly leverage the EIDR identifier in archival and title management systems across multiple work flows.

“Audiovisual archives benefit from an open ID that can serve as a key to external sources of information and metadata about film and television works,” said J. Mark Sweeney, Acting Associate Librarian for Library Services. “Working with EIDR provides the potential for us to link Library systems with commercial databases and increase automation of both film and television deposits and presentation of deposited works to users of Library resources.”

“The use of EIDR by the Library of Congress validates the core vision of EIDR as a universal ID for film and TV assets spanning archival, commercial, and other work flows,” said Don Dulchinos, Executive Director of EIDR. “We are thrilled to have the Library of Congress as a member with a broad capability to extend EIDR into new usage areas.”

The Library is working with EIDR to define a first set of activities, which may include a matching exercise between the EIDR registry and the deposited film titles in the Library’s archive, investigating the use of EIDR to streamline the film and television content deposit process, and integrating the EIDR API for automated look-up and retrieval of corresponding identifying metadata in the EIDR registry.

Other EIDR member companies from the archive community include the British Film Institute, the Internet Video Archive and the British Universities Film and Video Council.  EIDR members also include providers of film and television metadata such as Rovi, Baseline, Red Bee Media, West10 Entertainment, and Veronica.

About the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. It is home to more than 1.3 million film, television, and video items. With a collection ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs, the Library’s holdings are an unparalleled record of American and international creativity in moving images.

About EIDR
The EIDR Organization is a not-for-profit industry association managing a registry of universal identifiers for a broad array of television and film assets.  All participants in the digital video value chain can leverage the EIDR content identifier and enterprise platform solution.  From small content producers to large broadcasters, to multichannel video programming distributors to equipment providers, EIDR enables expanded automation of digital workflows.  For more information, please visit