NOA Presents Archiving Innovations

AV digitizing and archiving specialist NOA is highlighting its mediARC system.

“Archive storage is only as good as information retrieval and there is no point in storing anything if we cannot recover it later” says Christophe Kummer, Managing Partner of NOA. “Metadata is the key to asset retrieval and NOA has gone to great lengths to make our database work with many different data types and metadata standards.”

In response to these needs and in collaboration with broadcasters, NOA has developed tools to automate and simplify the process of digitization, storage and retrieval of media content as well as appropriate metadata annotation and management.

“Sustainable long term preservation of media content is guaranteed and continuous checks for transfer integrity during digitization ensure that only highest possible quality of audio and video content is going into the archive,” says Kummer.

The mediARC system includes the three fundamental areas of an archive project; metadata (description of the media content), media storage and conversion, and workflows (controlling, creating and processing information).

Open Archival Information System (OASIS), a framework designed to future proof archives, is at the core of NOA’s database design. Part of its application is the use of open source resources, especially concerning video encoding, to ensure that archival content remains accessible for decades to come; high performance open source video codec FFV1 provides mathematically lossless intra-frame compression with competitive bit rates while ensuring longevity of archival content.

Integration of QC processes and metadata edit validation into production workflows is another core feature. Both mediARC and jobDB provide a highly flexible workflow engine which is used for all basic input/output tasks around the archive, including ingestion and exporting. Workflows can be adjusted manually to create individual sets of specialized workflows.

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