The examination of numerous copies of a particular title/production to determine if a complete copy exists or if different versions exist, and to determine if restoration/preservation work is required to fully preserve the title/production.
The technical selection process ensures that titles/productions are fully preserved including making access copies available, as required. Any excess copies/segments etc can be removed from the collection to provide valuable storage space for other titles/productions. All computer records are to be updated to ensure operators have access to all relevant technical information and history of decisions made.
Procedures used by the NFSA are as follows:
1. Examine all copies that exist. Do not necessarily dismiss components that are obviously shorter than the title’s original length. Record the following technical details for each copy that exists:
2. Update all computer records, recording all findings from the above.
3. Determine a theoretical copy history for all components of the title. Draw up a copy history chart — you may be able to confirm copy history by print-through observations.
4. Identify the best component(s) for copying.
5. Write a report detailing findings and recommendations for supervisor, identifying: