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Preservation towards storage and access. Standardised Practices for Audiovisual Contents Archiving in Europe

Project description


Technology-enhanced learning and access to cultural heritage
Preserving your audiovisual collection

It is not too late to save Europe’s audiovisual heritage, much of which is trapped in obsolete sound and video formats.

PrestoSpace is a project designed to help broadcasters, research institutions, libraries and museums preserve such unique records of European life, history and culture before they are lost forever.

As each new audio or video format comes on to the market, current ones begin their journey into obsolescence. Typically, each format is supported by equipment manufacturers for between 10 and 20 years – after which, users who have invested in a particular technology struggle to find the equipment to play them. Once the appliances to play old formats disappear, the content they hold becomes irretrievable.

Saving the content

All analogue audio formats are now obsolete – and all analogue videotape formats are obsolescent. More recently, Blu-ray has ousted HD DVD as the video format of choice. Even CDs and DVDs, which rapidly replaced vinyl records and tapes for storing music, are making way for new storage formats.

To ensure the audio or visual data held on such formats is not lost, researchers for the PrestoSpace project say the information must be digitalised so that a computer can read and store it. Once digitalised as computer language, such as MPEG for sound or jpg for a picture, the content becomes independent of format.

How will the research help?

To help overcome the many technical, organisational, and budgetary hurdles involved in the conversion process, the previous Presto project team had developed techniques for creating what they called digital ‘Preservation Factories’. Such techniques allow big public organisations (museums, public libraries) to automate the conversion process as much as possible.

The researchers of the current PrestoSpace project are now creating a website that will provide advice and management tools to help these public organisations make use of the 'Preservation Factories' as well as other types of storage technology. It also includes forecasts of storage trends for the next 20 years.

One part of the site allows its users to calculate the costs of digitalising content stored in each particular format and set their budget accordingly.

Deciphering obsolete media

The PrestoSpace team will also make available tools for preserving, restoring, managing, and archiving audio-visual collections. For example, they have developed a ‘black box’ capable of deciphering obsolete media using robotics and electronic applications – and of converting the content into digital data.

Reducing conversion costs

They estimate such an automated approach could reduce conversion costs by up to 40% while helping to maintain the quality of audio and video content. Such techniques are of particular importance to multimedia libraries and broadcasters, which hold audiovisual records that are deteriorating to the point where they will become irretrievable over the next two decades.

According to the PrestoSpace team, an estimated 50 to 100 million hours of European audio-visual material currently needs archiving.

The techniques developed by the project have made it easier to digitalise audiovisual collections – and the heritage and memories they contain.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'AUDIOVISUEL
Address
Avenue De L'europe 4
94366 Bry-sur-marne
France
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 432 403

Participants (36)

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 702 697
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
HS-ART DIGITAL SERVICE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 111 825
Address
Dietrichsteinplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Other
OSTERREICHISCHER RUNDFUNK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 237 410
Address
Wurzburggasse 30
1136 Wien
Activity type
Other
TECHNISCHES MUSEUM WIEN MIT OESTERREICHISCHER MEDIATHEK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 28 845
Address
Mariahilferstrasse 212
1140 Wien
Activity type
Other
SIRMA SOLUTIONS JSC
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 88 520
Address
Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd 135
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROROCO GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Alte Schoenhauser Strasse 4
10119 Berlin
Activity type
Other
P + S TECHNIK GMBH FEINMECHANIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rosenheimer Strasse 139
81671 Muenchen
Activity type
Other
STUDIO HAMBURG ATELIERBETRIEBS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 42 000
Address
Jenfelder Allee 80
22045 Hamburg
Activity type
Other
CUBE-TEC DEVELOPMENT GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Anne-conway-strasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Other
CUBE-TEC INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 73 610
Address
Anne Conway Strasse
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELEVISION SERVICES D'ARDILLIERES TEVISA (TEVISA)
France
EU contribution
€ 48 114
Address
133 Rue Du Theatre
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Other
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 156 464
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
LA ROCHELLE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 131 744
Address
Avenue Albert-einstein 23
17031 La Rochelle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INDEEP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
178 Route De Cran Gevrier
74650 Chavanod
Activity type
Other
VECTRACOM
France
EU contribution
€ 174 974
Address
2 Rue Des Maraichers
93217 Saint Denis La Plaine Cedex
Activity type
Other
HI-STOR TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 249 457
Address
23 Boulevard Victor Hugo
31770 Colomiers
Activity type
Other
CTM - DEBRIE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
125 Avenue Louis Roche
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Other
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 123 241
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RAI-RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 710 182
Address
Viale Mazzini 14
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EURIX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 223 220
Address
Corso Vittorio Emanuele Ii 61
10128 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS A.C.S. SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 133 758
Address
Via Della Bufalotta 378
00139 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYTEL REPLY S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 274 202
Address
Viale Regina Margherita
00198 Rome
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 204 852
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Stichting Film Instituut Nederland
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 20 885
Address
Ijpromenade 1
1031KT Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
NEDERLANDS OMROEPPRODUKTIE BEDRIJFNV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 37 817
Address
Sumatralaan
1217 GP Hilversum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOORBEELD EN GELUID
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 274 404
Address
Media Parkboulevard 1
1200 BB Hilversum
Activity type
Other
POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 71 288
Address
Ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12
80-233 Gdansk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT PARTNERS (SCANDINAVIA) AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 116 000
Address
Kantarellgatan 16
745 44 Enkoeping
Activity type
Other
STREAM UK MEDIA SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 83 249
Address
522 Highgate Studio, 53-79 Highgate Road
NW5 1TL London
Activity type
Other
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 414 150
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 587 100
Address
Portland Place Broadcasting House
W1A 1AA London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
SYSTEM SIMULATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 593
Address
250M Bedford Chambers, The Piazza, Covent Garden
WC2E 8HA London
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 445
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 327 097
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SNELL AND WILCOX LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 243 194
Address
6 Old Lodge Place, 128 St Margarets Road
TW1 1RQ Twickenham
Activity type
Other
MEDIA MATTERS LLC
United States
EU contribution
€ 282 260
Address
Mr. James Lindner C/o Vidipax 450 West 31St Street 4Th Floor
10001 New York
Activity type
Other