Who are your users? You probably know who they are, or who you would like them to be. For example, if the reason you are collecting videos is to gather stories in order break down negative stereotypes in your community, your users might be community organizations, law enforcement agencies, or schools. Make a list of your most important potential user types.
Users have different needs in terms of how they want to find videos, and how they want to access them. You may also want to limit access to videos or information according to user type. For each of your user types, consider:
Finding and identifying videos
- What level of detail do they need in the descriptions you provide?
- What kind of terms or categories would they use to browse and search?
- What language(s) do they understand?
- Does the user have technological or other barriers that require content to be made accessible in a certain way?
- Do they need copies of the videos, or just need to view them (e.g. from a website)?
Limits on access
- Do you want them to contact you or obtain special permission for access?
- Do you want to collect any information from them before granting access?
- Does your content need to be edited or redacted before you can share it?