Swedish student writing project on IMDb!

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Hi, I'm currently studying in Sweden and am writing an article on IMDb as it relates to the culture institutions like libraries and museums. I'm wondering if IMDb is used officially by any libraries or museums? Since it is such a widespread and popular database it would be a good compliment to a film museum or to a library that rents out films and tv-series.
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I have seen the librarians at my local library use it while assisting people in locating titles. I don't know if it was something "official" or if she just knew it was a good source of info.
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Oddly enough, a user just posted this:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Thank you for your replies! That's great!
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You're very welcome!
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IMDB isn't really considered a reliable source, because it crowdsources its data. Then again it relies on data editors to filter these submissions before they go live, which is more reliable than Wikipedia which relies on people to look over the data after it goes live (which IMDB also rely on).

I'd imagine that a film museum or library would use a more "official" catalogue, compiled by commercial and/or public bodies - like the BFI perhaps. They might not want to promote IMDB as there will always be problems with their data, and this might reflect badly on them. However, they'd probably expect users will have consulted it at some point and they may even use it in an unofficial capacity.

If you are looking into this, it'd be worth asking around and seeing what those institutions use and why.
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Well, we are aware of the problems with reliability and are not really looking for it to be used as a source, more in the way of helping librarians choose which movies to buy or linking to it on their websites so others can use it. We're mainly looking for it being used as a compliment to existing databases, rather than being used as a sole source for a collection.

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