PrestoCentre Professional Development Training Series Long-term Audiovisual Digital Preservation Strategy, Planning and Tools
From September 13 to September 17 took place in Bry-sur-Marne within the Ina premises, 8km East of Paris, the first PrestoCentre training course. During 5 days, 27 participants from 8 countries participated to the training course where the main subject was Long-term Audiovisual Preservation. The objective of the course was to initiate archive managers and practitioners to the strategic approach of long-term preservation: how to organise it, how to plan and evaluate its incidence and risks, and which are the existing tools.
The course was organised in different teaching modules:
- Presentation of tools and models
- Case studies
- Industrial solutions
- Assessment discussions with participants
- Institutional visits
Day 1 was dedicated to Preservation Planning and Management, this session permitted to get an overview of Digital Preservation and of the PrestoPRIME technology. Essential aspects of Preservation planning were equally presented, mainly on the mapping and prioritisation of collections.
Day 2 was dedicated to Metadata, metadata tools and technology Integration. During this day the Content Tracking technology, the multivalent long-term management approach, MPEG issues for digital preservation and the right management tools were presented. Two major achievements of the PrestoPRIME project were presented: P4, the PrestoPRIME Preservation Platform, an open source integration platform, and the industrial solution Rosetta, developed by Ex-Libris, which integrates many of the results of the project.
Day 3 concentrated on Predicting and Planning the Future. This essential aspect of Digital Preservation was presented from different approaches: Cost and Risk modelling, Service Management, Video Quality Assessment, Metadata Mapping and Validation and Management of User-Generated Metadata. This tools and methods contribute to the difficult task of decision-making and risk analysis.
Day 4 was the Industrial day; a showroom for audiovisual preservation technology with the presence of an important number of industry providers. A technical showcase was installed in the Ina premises, where industrials installed their different solutions and made demos as well as answered questions about technology and its evolution.
Day 5 was dedicated to the future, getting into interesting topics like the situation of audiovisual research in Europe, the Europeana and Digibic projects, the development of digital humanities within archival studies, the future of 3D and its incidence in archiving. A very interesting presentation about use and reuse by educators and the public of archival material closed the week.
Different case-studies of advanced preservation and access projects were presented from Ina, BBC and B&G in the Netherlands. Memnon, from Belgium, presented another interesting case-study, regarding the use of Semantic metadata and Linked metadata. Finally a visit of the Ina premises and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, permitted participants to view how large institutions deal with the digital world in terms of preservation and access and how Legal Deposit is being organised in France.