January 20, 2022

"BBC R&D, the BBC Archive and Digital Public Space: an Overview of Our Work on the Archive from Preservation to Multimedia Classifications"

Fr0m the BBC R&D Blog:

The BBC has about a million hours of video and audio content, plus a wealth of documents, including the original scripts. Most of this content is still on magnetic tape, film, records or paper and so needs to be digitised and made searchable before it can be contributed to the Digital Public Space which was the subject of a recent technology podcast from the Guardian.

BBC R&D has a long track record of developing innovative technology for the BBC’s archives, including the Ingex digitisation process for D3 videotape [BBC R&D White Paper WHP 155], and Reverse Standards Conversion, which reverse engineers the processes applied by pioneering standards converters of the 1960’s to programmes of that era provided to broadcasters abroad and lost from our own archives. Research is continuing to extend the digitisation process to other types of video tape and to develop automated methods to detect picture and sound faults to ensure good quality digitisation and to assist restoration.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.