Film archives—despite the "published" nature of many collections—share conventional archivists' problems in processing information on their holdings. Also common to both is the feeling that the introduction of computers should make easier the sharing of processed information and the realization that such data exchange is dependent on the acceptance of common standards and formats. Information given to the Cataloguing Commission of the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), which is developing such standards, indicates that progress at the national level in some countries may come to hinder, not help, international developments and illustrates some of the problems in planning international cooperation.

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