NOA: Bridging the Archiving Gap
Knowledge of available digitization techniques is key to ensuring the preservation of valuable audiovisual content
IASA’s 2021 conference is taking place virtually Sept. 27–30. This is an important annual event in the world of sound and audiovisual archiving and NOA is looking forward to participating once again.
This year’s theme, “Closing the gap for a new generation of sound and audiovisual archives,” addresses the important connection between past and present and emphasizes the necessity for all players in the industry and around the world to work together to guarantee the transfer of information and knowledge.
With a common goal of preserving valuable and often irreplacebable audiovisual repertoirs, it’s vital for us to share experiences and discuss the way forward — lessons learned, best practices, tendencies, developments, etc. As part of this endeavor, education, and training — for both media institutions and industry newcomers — is paramount.
Digital preservation and conservation is at the heart of NOA’s mission. And just like “it takes a village to raise a child,” it also takes teamwork and communication to close the gap within the vast archiving world to ensure a secure future for our audiovisual material, and also that media houses are aware of the digitization processes available to them.
To this end, NOA has decided to launch an intiative in collaboration with IASA to encourage companies to step up their archiving efforts. As part of the scheme, IASA members applying for the sponsorship and attending the 2021 edition of the IASA seminar, will have the chance to take our PICO ingest archiving bundle including a mint Studer A807 ATR for a trial run for the duration of six months within a two-year period.
In-house Digitization for all
NOA Record Pico redefines price-performance expectations and provides out-of-the-box instant archiving capability. It’s perfect for archivists who need “on-demand” ingest capability for archival production. It can be operated as a standalone workstation from a moderately specified laptop, in single or multi-channel configurations.
This is an ideal entry tool to help educate the staff of small businesses about the potential of in-house archiving and allow them to gain hands on experience with the complete digitization procedure. We hope it’ll help them understand the dyanamics of archiving, and allow them to easily streamline the process.
Through our iniative, we hope to demonstrate that the task is accessible to all archives and media houses, big or small and we want to share our expertise with them, demonstrating the many benefits of in-house digitisation. These include creating new jobs and eliminating outsourcing, all while actively contributing to the well-being of their (and our) audiovisual heritage.
Our goal is to lower the hurdle to using this technology in house; allow users to benefit from access to archiving processes instead of sending historical archive material abroad for digitization; broaden the idea of knowledge transfer; and to make the technology more socially available with personalized systems. In addition, we hope to facilitate access to the archiving world to women all over the world.
We’re proud to be members of IASA and appreciate all the organization is doing to strengthen the exchange of information among our peers. We all need to do our part to bridge the archiving gap in order to ensure continued improvement of the digital preservation and conservation process in the future.