Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria)
Vienna’s Phonogrammarchiv is currently right in the middle of the first migration of video data. The archive developed solutions for the challenging transfer procedures from mostly outdated but still operating equipment to modern hardware, and for linking legacy software for the playback process with today’s programs for recording and storage. Relying on rugged tape recorders (LTO) backed by major manufacturers and on a future-proof philosophy for the compatibility of playback devices over more than a decade turned out to be a good choice. Software solutions for parts of the migration process that replaced the originally expected hardware operations will be discussed, specifically the lossless transfer from a proprietary file format to more common or open standard formats.
The presentation will also point out workflow issues recommending – at least for small archives – manual rather than automatic metadata processing for the first migration, done in tight cooperation of the archivist and the technician, in order to streamline the migrated data with respect to formats and metadata notations, and to correct a few errors in the archives data base that inevitably occurred during the initial phase of the archiving process, when the workflow underwent occasional modifications. The prime goal for this admittedly time consuming process is a mostly automatic second migration in the future.
Franz Pavuza is with the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2002, responsible for the installation and operation of the video archiving section (technical issues). He has a MS degree (Electronics) from the Vienna University of Technology and joined the university as an R&D assistant until 2002 for projects in cooperation with industry partners and government supported funds in audio, video and industrial electronics (applications in measurements, music and arts). He is a member of the AMIA and the German FKTG. His job at the Phonogrammarchiv includes presentations for training sessions and workshops (ERPANET, TAPE, Natl. Library of Austria) and conferences (AMIA, IASA, FIAT, DELOS).
He currently supervises the first major video data migration at the Phonogrammarchiv.