Help and FAQ

General questions

  • Which data are contained in MEMOBASE?
    The MEMOBASE database indexes all projects financed by Memoriav. The metadata of the audiovisual records are collected according to the Dublin Core Standard and indexed using Eurospider’s retrieval software. For an overview of the collections contained in MEMOBASE, click on the menu point Inventory.
  • Why are so few records available online?
    MEMOBASE primarily indexes the metadata of audiovisual media. For copyright, technical and financial reasons (storage space), not all records are accessible online. However, Memoriav’s objective is to expand its offering of direct access to the records. 
  • How do I get the audiovisual record I am looking for?
    The records are stored by each individual institution. The metadata in MEMOBASE contain each record’s location, as well as the signature necessary to order it. For documents stored in the Swiss Federal Archives in Bern an order form can be printed out directly from MEMOBASE (details see "Access").

Search questions

  • How can I refine my search?
    A simple search request often produces too many results. Too obtain more specific results, limit your search to individual collections or within a certain time period (advanced search). The advanced search function lets you search for specific fields. For example, if you are looking for sound recordings, use the advanced search function and select the value "record type" and click on "add". You can then select "sound" in the record type field, which reduces your search to sound recordings.  
  • Where can I find information on the location of a record?
    The detailed view of the records show all recorded metadata for each entry. The physical storage location and the copyright conditions are described under the Dublin Core element "source". The signature number or the order number – if any – are listed under the element "resource identifier". If the record can be accessed online, a link or record preview appears.
  • What is the checkbox for in the results list?
    The checkbox lets you select results to use for a later, similar search. Just click on the button "search for similar records" at the end of the results list.
  • What does the "browse" function mean?
    If you want to look through what’s available in the various collections instead of searching for something specific, the "browse" function lets you access the individual entries for each collection. 
  • Why do different results appear for the same search criteria in different languages?
    The search criteria are not automatically translated. We therefore recommend you carry out your search in different languages (G, F, I).