How are you protecting your media archives?
Ask yourself this as you read this BBC News article from 2010-09-08 titled: Emerging fungal threat to historical film archives.
For large, well-funded institutions, traditionally the answer has been climate-controlled and monitored storage facilities, periodic sampling of materials, and duplication/transferal of aging assets to new media stock. Though, as this article shows, even some of the largest professionally run archives face major losses in aging and vulnerable media repositories.
Increasingly, high resolution digitization of media assets and file-based digital archival storage has also become a priority, if not the primary focus, of similar projects. However, while a digital archive offers many benefits to the institutions migrating to them, the cost in expertise and infrastructure of building and maintaining the IT systems required often seems out of reach for medium and small libraries and private archives.
Rootlike Technologies combines a broad range of experience in commercial and open source digital storage and asset management technologies, with an understanding of creative and archival media production workflows. We will work with your organization to analyze your existing archival materials and technologies and then help you design and implement the best path to building a digital repository and ensuring the long-term viability of your collections. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.