January 21, 2022

Symposium Report: “The Digital Archive of the Future: What Will Be Involved?”

From TV Technology:

Part of a day-long symposium on the vital and complex subject of archiving and preserving data for the entertainment industry, Monday’s opening sessions began with a challenging keynote from Daniel Teruggi that addressed the topic with a sweeping perspective.

Teruggi, the director of France’s INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), is also coordinator of the FP6 European project PrestoSpace, an initiative to develop technology for digital preservation, and the FP7 European project PrestoPRIME, dedicated to the long-term preservation of digital audiovisual content. He is a member of the Europeana project and Foundation and general secretary of the International Federation of Audiovisual Archives (FIAT/IFTA).

Teruggi placed preservation of data in an historical context, starting out with the oral transmission of songs and stories, leading to the mechanical creation of instruments and early forms of musical notation to recording, starting in the 19th century and electroacoustic composition starting in the mid-20th century.

His point—one that was key to the symposium—was that preserving creative content, such as a piece of music, is about more than storing something away. “The general problem is not to conserve,” he said. “It is to be capable, after any period of time, to perform the piece of music again.”

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Terrugi’s keynote took place at the SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) Symposium during the 2016 Annual SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, California.

See Also: Learn More About INA Research (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel)(English Language Page)

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