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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507336

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 752 750

  • EU contribution

    € 9 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'AUDIOVISUEL

France

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.

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

HS-ART DIGITAL SERVICE GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 111 825

OSTERREICHISCHER RUNDFUNK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 237 410

TECHNISCHES MUSEUM WIEN MIT OESTERREICHISCHER MEDIATHEK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 28 845

SIRMA SOLUTIONS JSC

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 88 520

ROROCO GMBH

Germany

P + S TECHNIK GMBH FEINMECHANIK

Germany

STUDIO HAMBURG ATELIERBETRIEBS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 42 000

CUBE-TEC DEVELOPMENT GMBH

Germany

CUBE-TEC INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 73 610

TELEVISION SERVICES D'ARDILLIERES TEVISA (TEVISA)

France

EU Contribution

€ 48 114

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 156 464

UNIVERSITE DE LA ROCHELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 131 744

INDEEP SAS

France

VECTRACOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 174 974

HI-STOR TECHNOLOGIES

France

EU Contribution

€ 249 457

CTM - DEBRIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

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

RAI-RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 710 182

EURIX SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 223 220

ADVANCED COMPUTER SYSTEMS A.C.S. SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 133 758

SYTEL REPLY S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 274 202

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 204 852

Stichting Film Instituut Nederland

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 20 885

NEDERLANDS OMROEPPRODUKTIE BEDRIJFNV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 37 817

STICHTING NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOORBEELD EN GELUID

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 274 404

POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 71 288

TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT PARTNERS (SCANDINAVIA) AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 116 000

STREAM UK MEDIA SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 83 249

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 414 150

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 587 100

SYSTEM SIMULATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 209 593

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 155 445

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 327 097

SNELL AND WILCOX LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 243 194

MEDIA MATTERS LLC

United States

EU Contribution

€ 282 260

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507336

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 752 750

  • EU contribution

    € 9 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'AUDIOVISUEL

France