PAD.MA – short for Public Access Digital Media Archive – is an online archive for text-annotated video material. The project is initiated and developed by a group consisting of oil21.org from Berlin (associated partner in the TIK project), the Alternative Law Forum from Bangalore, and Chitrakarkhana/CAMP from Bombay.
PAD.MA intends to present primarily footage and not finished films. The collection will be searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non- commercial use.
The design of the archive makes possible various types of “viewing”, and contextualisation: from an overview of themes and timelines to much closer readings of transcribed dialogue and geographical locations, to layers of “writing” on top of the image material. Descriptions, keywords and other annotations have been placed on timelines by both archive contributors and users.
It was especially adapted for Time Inventors’ Kabinet, and extended for sound. Video segments and annotations can be referenced and played back in the project’s wiki. Padma was used extensively for instant documentation, as well as for a creative writing with media workshop, Writing Tiks.