The preservation community demands adherence to standards.  Standards require meeting minimum performance expectations and ensure uniformity across institutions. Adherence to these standards supports long-term sustainability and access to information.

  • Guidelines for audio preservation
    American Library Association Definition of Digital Preservation
    Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions to ensure access to reformatted and born digital content regardless of the challenges of media failure and technological change. The goal of digital preservation is the accurate rendering of authenticated content over time.

Because of our desire and commitment to staying current on these evolving standards, George Blood LP staff serve on committees of professional organizations, including those that set the standards used in the industry.

  • American Library Association
  • Association for Recorded Sound Collections
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives
  • MXF AS-07
  • Music Library Association
  • PB Core
  • Society of American Archivists


Among the standards in daily use:

  • IASA TC 03, TC 04, TC 05, TC 06, Sound Directions
    Guidelines for best practices in audiovisual preservation
  • ISO18933/AES-49
    The 7-point visual inspection protocol
  • AES-31-3, AES-57, AES-X098C, EBU3285, EBU3306
    Preservation metadata for audio, embedded and external
  • PB Core 2.1
    Preservation metadata for moving images
    Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard
  • Metadata standards to different audiovisual collections
    Excel, csv, XML, JSON, etc.