Identification, transfer and preservation of audio and video files

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| *Title* \\ | Identification, transfer and preservation of audio and video files |
| *Detailed description* | Audio and video files are held on a variety of media and in various file formats. Most storage is less than optimal and needs to be updated for long-term storage and access. \\
In order to accomplish this we need to be able to copy the files from the original discs, determine what types of files we are dealing with and whether they are in suitably good condition.\\
Once the files have been identified they will need to be preserved and stored long term in a form which allows them to be accessible to researchers. Any recommendations for this and any suggestions for what would be best for digitising further archival audio and video would be brilliant. \\
While this is a somewhat basic issue, the idea of signposting to programmes which could make a toolkit for archives staff with similar collections and limited technical ability could be useful. |
| *Issue champion* | _Who owns the issue? Type "\[" and then your name to use autocomplete. _{_}This creates a link to your user profile on the wiki, including your contact details, so is the best way to add your name.._ |
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In order to accomplish this we need to be able to copy the files from the original discs, determine what types of files we are dealing with and whether they are still viable. The recordings will need to be stored long term in a form which allows them to be accessible to researchers and hopefully eventually transferred online, any recommendations for this and any suggestions for what would be best for digitising further archival audio and video would be brilliant. Any solution needs to be something which can be used by someone with limited technical abilities. \\ |
| *Issue champion* | [~jharrisonri]\\ |
| *Other interested parties* \\ | _Any other parties who are also interested in applying Issue Solutions to their Datasets._ |
| *Possible Solution approaches* | _Brief brainstorm of possible approaches to solving the Issue. Each approach should be described in a single sentence as part of a bulleted list. Further detail can go in a dedicated Solution page._ \\ |
| *Context* | _Details of the institutional context to the Issue._ \\ |
| *Possible Solution approaches* | File identification, format profiling and validation of files (possibly using FITS and c3po)\\
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Recommendations for recovering files from old optical media (recommendations included using older drives and transferring content slowly rather than at high speed and looking at studies such as ‘Mass CD/DVD Migration: A Novartis Case Study’ D. Bienz, R. Gschwind, Imaging and Media Lab, University Basel, Switzerland; M. F. Pozza, L. Gantner, Novartis Pharma AG,Switzerland )\\
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Preservation plan (discussing physical storage and appropriate file types) |
| *Context* | These recordings are of scientific lectures at the Royal Institution and often the only record of the event. The Ri currently has limited server space which can be dedicated to long term file storage and there are few arrangements and no formal guidelines set out for digital preservation within the institution. |
| *Lessons Learned* | _Notes on Lessons Learned from tackling this Issue that might be useful to inform digital preservation best practice_ . \\ |
| *Datasets* | _Reference to the appropriate Dataset page, by hyperlink. Note that all Issues_ *{_}MUST{_}* _be linked to at least one Dataset\!_ \\ |
| *Datasets* | [Ri Archive collections - audio, video and image examples|Ri Archive collections - audio, video and image examples]\\ |
| *Solutions* | _Reference to the appropriate Solution page(s), by hyperlink._ |