MexIndex - free database of experimental visual arts and image works by  Irish artists

Our Standards and Guidelines


The vision for MExIndex is to create a platform that encourages the discovery of visual arts-based and experimental moving image work by Irish and Ireland-based artists in the form of an index that is both searchable and sustainable To achieve this it is vital to ensure that the information accumulated about these works is documented in a consistent and transparent way. This has been done by creating and employing a set of guidelines that helps to decide what needs to be documented and how.

Our Method

MExIndex employs recommended standards closely based on Dublin Core, the recommended standard of the Digital Repository of Ireland which is a national service for the long-term digital preservation of Ireland’s humanities, social science, and cultural heritage resources. These standards have been specifically talyored to the needs of moving image.

To format the content of the metadata elements we have followed recommendations by PB Core and The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the Library of Congress (LOC).

The core information collected has been divided into four categories:

  • Information to identify the moving image work
    Title, Creator, Date, Medium, Description

  • Content classification information to ease retrieval and identification of the moving image work
    Genre, Form, Subject

  • Details describing technical aspects of the moving image work
    Language, Original Format, Duration, Aspect Ratio, Sound, Colour

  • Reference and rights information to aid access to the moving image work
    Link to work or excerpt of work, Link to Artist Website, Rights

Further Information

We currently document this information both in the form of a spreadsheet and a database, using the PB Core standard as discribed above. Additionally we accumulate administrative information such as who collected the information and when.


Full details about the standards and guidelines we have applied in building MExIndex can be found  in the pdf attached below or contact us at [email protected]

MExIndex Guidelines Version 1.0 (pdf, 71kb)


Fifi Smith (Director of MExIndex), Alice Butler (2016 Curator in Residence, MExIndex)

We are indebted to Anja Mahler, Digital Collections Management Officer at the IFI Irish Film Archive, for her collaboration in  devising the present format which is specific to moving image and also covers experimental sub-categories.