By Samuel Box
For a limited time, the Rohrbach Library will be trialing two new databases that allow for users to discover and research a wide array of data related to film and music. The databases are called Film Industry Data (Film ID) and Music Industry Data (Music ID), and they are both essential tools for students, faculty, or just general lovers of music and film alike.
The databases provide easy access to both current and historical data about films and music from around the world and, for the first time, feature of the first uses of Nielsen data in an academic atmosphere. Students now have the ability to see the same information that film and music executives use to make key strategic industry decisions.
Film ID allows you to compare things like box office earnings across different directors, genres, actors, or cultures. Other things such as sales trends, the economic, political, or social contexts that films fall in, or how technologies such as streaming services have affected the industry, can now be analyzed. The level of specificity of the different types of data you can find is almost staggering.
For instance, say you need to research George Clooney’s career. If, for whatever reason, you needed to compare the sales of each different home media edition of Clooney’s film Gravity (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.) that information is now at your fingertips. If you want to narrow that sales data down to three months in 2014 while comparing it to the DVD sales of any other Clooney movie, you can do that as well. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
The other database, Music ID, draws upon more than sixty years’ worth of musical data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, and many other resources from around the world. Like Film ID, the database can be used to analyze and display trends in the music industry in helpful graph formats. If you want to know which bands’ album sales rose and fall after the 2010 Grammys, Music ID can help. If you want to know what was number 17 on the Austrian top 40 chart in 1998, the info is readily available. Additionally, Music ID draws upon a large range of scholarly and journalistic sources that provide information and insight on just about any aspect or subject in the music industry.
The two databases will be available until April 23, 2015, so students, faculty, music and movie lovers alike, should all take advantage of them while KU still has access to them. Links can be found on the A-Z list of Databases located on the library’s website.