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Asset Management Integration of Cultural heritage In The Interchange between Archives

Objective

AMICITIA aims at building the base for a continued and viable digital preservation of and access to television and video content through the construction of various vital components enabling a digital archiving system to serve all required roles in ingest, management, access and distribution of audiovisual material. A special focus is placed on enabling remote, multilingual access to archive content stored in a distributed environment. To reach these goals, AMICITIA will build its innovative technologies - a rights management database, a multilingual access tool, a digitisation and digital storage management facility and a secure public access mechanism - on top of existing digital archiving technology. Continuous usability analysis and user-driven design ensure the maximum usability of the finished product and its quick marketability AMICITIA aims at building the base for a continued and viable digital preservation of and access to television and video content through the construction of various vital components enabling a digital archiving system to serve all required roles in ingest, management, access and distribution of audiovisual material. A special focus is placed on enabling remote, multilingual access to archive content stored in a distributed environment. To reach these goals, AMICITIA will build its innovative technologies - a rights management database, a multilingual access tool, a digitisation and digital storage management facility and a secure public access mechanism - on top of existing digital archiving technology. Continuous usability analysis and user-driven design ensure the maximum usability of the finished product and its quick marketability.

OBJECTIVES
AMICITIA aims at building the base for a continued and viable digital preservation of and access to television and video content through the construction of various vital components enabling a digital archiving system to serve all required roles in ingest, management, access and distribution of audiovisual material. A special focus is placed on enabling remote, multilingual access to archive content stored in a distributed environment. The system will be designed to serve both the needs of professional users (regarding preservation, quality, access flexibility and usability) and the needs of public access (regarding simplicity of use, security and availability). As a demonstration project, AMICITIA aims at getting its results into practical, marketable use as fast as possible through constant usability improvement and a strong orientation towards the fastest possible integration of the AMICITIA results into a marketable product.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
AMICITIA is doing its implementation work based on an existing digital media asset management system ("media archive" by TECMATH) to make best possible use of existing technology and to prevent any redundant development work. Following an analysis phase in which the usability, functionality and requirements towards "media archive" are being scrutinised by the user partners (several of which are already using that system in limited environments for productive work), the first implementation phase will both develop components and upgrade the existing system from its current single-server philosophy towards distributed asset management. The advanced technology components of the development in this phase involve a proof-of-concept implementation of the multilingual thesaurus / retrieval facility, the laboratory implementation of algorithms for the automatic quality assessment of digital video, the prototypical implementation of a rights management database and the research or implementation of an automated quality management procedure for digital data tape. Additionally, interfaces to existing documentation systems will need to be developed to allow for the transfer of metadata from those systems to AMICITIA. In the second implementation phase, all the components will be integrated with each other and the main system and a public access interface for AMICITIA will be created. All implementation work will constantly be supported by an ongoing usability analysis and improvement process to ensure the maximum efficiency and reliability of the new system in actual television production, archiving and preservation workflow. Early exploitation planning and orientation towards marketing of the newly created technologies will facilitate the exploitation of the project results very soon after they are developed; we foresee the possibility of partial exploitation even during the project's duration.

Funding Scheme

DEM - Demonstration contracts

Coordinator

TECMATH AG
Address
Sauerwiesen 2
67661 Kaiserslautern
Germany

Participants (6)

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
Broadcasting House
W1A 1AA London
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Steyrergasse 17
8010 Graz
NEUROSOFT SP. Z. O.O.
Poland
Address
Ul. Juliusza Lea 114
30-133 Krakow
OESTERREICHISCHER RUNDFUNK
Austria
Address
Wuerzburggasse 30
1136 Wien
STICHTING NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR BEELD EN GELUID
Netherlands
Address
Sumatralaan 45
1217 GP Hilversum
SUEDWESTRUNDFUNK
Germany
Address
Hans-bredow-strasse
76530 Baden-baden