For Official Use Only. Any member of the BU community can request an A/V directory in www.bu.edu/av/ for official University content.

Existing Top-Level Sites. Any academic department, administrative unit, or research center that already has a development or top-level directory on the central server should use the same directory name for their A/V directory.

Courseware Sites. Instructors can request an A/V directory to host audio and video content instead of uploading it to their courseware site.

Media Content. Only audio and video content should be stored in this directory.

About the A/V Directory

If you have a WordPress site, non-WordPress site, or courseware site, you might consider a separate A/V directory to host your larger media files. Your new A/V directory would be located in http://www.bu.edu/av/. Many sites and courseware sites already have an A/V directory.

If you do not yet have a site at BU, you should request a top-level or courseware site first.

There are several benefits to having an A/V directory to supplement your website:

1. By keeping large media files in an A/V directory, you avoid filling up your site’s disk space quota.
2. You have the option of creating a Flash directory for streaming flash content.
3. The A/V server is optimized to handle large audio and video files.
4. Files for courseware sites will not need to be uploaded or copied again semester after semester.

Your directory within /av/ will have the same name as the directory for your live site. You will have full control over the content in your directory, just as you do for your live site. You will also have full control over who has administrative and contributor access to this new directory. We encourage any department with a substantial amount of audio or video content to apply for a development directory.