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Tuesday, October 27 • 10:00 - 10:30
A walk through the BBC NI Digitisation project, the challenges and lessons learned

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BBC NI Digitisation project is a 3 year project (2017 -2020) which supports the wider BBC commitment to preserve and open up its archive and ensure that it can be used by the public and as wide a range of institutions and organisations as possible. Our newly digitised archive content was used to full effect during 2019, the anniversary of The Troubles. In future, through the BBC Rewind team and BBC Centenary productions, it is hoped that the general public will be able to search a complete cultural history of Northern Ireland from the 1950’s onwards.

Working closely with our colleagues in BBC NI Technology, we found a method to match pre-existing archive metadata to newly digitised assets, creating an efficient and effective workflow.

We needed to digitise content to the most suitable codecs, considering quality and budget constraints.  In depth workflows were developed to check each file using technical equipment and "eyes and ears".  Working closely with BBC Archives to develop a means of testing the veracity of the newly digitised files can give our Senior Leadership Team the confidence to agree the disposal of over 100,000 video and audio carriers.

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Pedro Félix

Coordinator, National Sound Archive - Installation team
Pedro Félix is the coordinator of the Installing Team of the National Sound Archive, a structure created by the Portuguese Government (http://arquivonacionaldosom.gov.pt).He is a member of research centres at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (since 1997) and collaborated with the Fado Museum (since 2005).He was part of the team responsible for the preparation of the Fado proposal to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (2005-2011, coordinating fieldwork... Read More →


Paul Caulfield

Senior Media Manager, BBC
Paul Caulfield is Senior Media Manager at BBC Northern Ireland. He has over 19 years experience with the BBC archives, and has worked across all genres of programming, most recently in the Factual department. He has played a central part in the BB NI Digitisation project liaising... Read More →

Marinda Hamill

Head of Archives, BBC
Marinda Hamill is Head of Archives at BBC Northern Ireland. She has worked in the BBC Archives in Belfast for 22 years and managed the Media Management team for the past 18 years. Most recently, as product owner of the BBC NI Digitisation project, she has worked closely with BBC NI... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:00 - 10:30 GMT
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