Sony and Memnon Archiving Services announce partnership
Sony has announced a partnership with Memnon Archiving Services, a leading digital preservation provider responsible for digitising, restoring and preserving more than two million hours of audio-visual archives for numerous cultural institutions and broadcasters around the world.Sony’s Media Lifecycle Services and Memnon will jointly offer their technology and industrial workflow proficiency and experience to customers, based upon their combined expertise of delivering large-scale digital preservation projects involving audio, video and film content. Memnon’s customers include Danish Radio, the British Library, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Indiana University, while Sony digitally converts and distributes over 150 million files for organisations such as BBC Worlwide and Sony Pictures Entertainment
Source: On Screen Asia
Why storage isn’t a dead zone of innovation
Most people who miss Storage Visions (SV) which is held just before CES (Consumer Electronics Show) say storage isn’t as sexy as a wearable or connected car … pity.
SV covered my favorite subjects — storage and M&E (Media & Entertainment)
Two of the sessions were worlds apart: the professional story tellers and the growing population of independent filmmakers. Both sessions had different views on how our movies, documentaries and shorts are developed, produced, distributed and saved.
In the Pro session, Josef Marc, Archimedia co-founder, spelled out the differences in trends and movements.
Source: Computer Dealer News
Library of Congress Releases Digital Audio of 75 Years of Recordings
When the technological push behind the publishing industry first took off, one of the many great promises about this wave of the literary future was in the ability to record and store great works for all time, protecting our literary history in an indestructible archive. Google’s ambitious digitization project has started on that path to preservation, but the initial release yesterday from the Library of Congress has added even more highly valuable content: digital audio of famous recordings.
The digital audio, which includes recordings of poetry, speaking engagements at the LoC, and audio sessions in the LoC’s own Jefferson Building recording studio, often features the authors themselves in the recordings, reading from their own works. The archived content was originally captured on magnetic tape, but thanks to the digitization, the content is now being released from remote streaming access. Of the proposed 2,000 works that will undergo this preservation process, the first fifty are now available and an additional five recordings per month are planned.
Source: Goode Reader
BT selects Preservica for digital preservation of unique historical collections dating back to the birth of telecommunications.
Preservica, part of the Tessella group, and a world leader in digital preservation technology, research and consulting, is pleased to announce that British Telecommunications plc (BT) has chosen Preservica Enterprise Edition as the trusted digital repository for the unique and extensive collections held by BT Archives of photographs, documents, films, digitised phone books, correspondence and other public records dating back to1846. The collection includes hundreds of thousands of digitised and born-digital objects across tens of Terabytes of storage.
BT, the world’s oldest telecommunications company and one of the world’s leading providers of communications services, has made a public commitment to preserve and make accessible its heritage and Britain’s pioneering telecommunications history on behalf of the nation. The BT Archives collections are recognized by UNESCO and Arts Council England as a vital part of the UK’s national cultural and artistic heritage. The digital collections include: films dating back to the 1930s; a near complete set of digitised phone books from 1880 to 1984; documents relating to the foundation in 1846 of the Electric Telegraph company, BT’s ultimate ancestor company and the world’s first national telecoms network provider; tens of thousands of historical images including streets scenes dating back to the mid nineteenth century; hundreds of policy files dating to the 1840s on all aspects of UK and international telecoms services by BT and its predecessors; and other public records produced before the privatisation of BT which are held under the Public Records Acts.
Source: Street Insider
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are embroiled in a dispute over preservation of older video games and the use of modified consoles for research.
The EFF is seeking an exemption from section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions, stating that it hampers research and causes problems for player communities, museums, archives and researchers. Section 1201 of the Act prevents modification of games to keep them playable after their servers are shut down.
See Also: EFF Lambasts ESA for Hindering Video Game Preservation Efforts (e Commerce Times)