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Wednesday, October 28 • 11:30 - 12:00
Securing media quality in internal and external migration projects

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As all professional audio tape recorders are getting very old, archives and service providers for audio digitization are facing the situation that securing access to tape machines in good working condition are very numbered. Not only are tape machines and their spare and wear parts becoming noticeably scarcer, but it is also becoming increasingly difficult to find service technicians for inspection, maintenance and repair. For the final migration of analog tapes into the digital masterfiles maintaining a high and constant quality level of playback is of utmost importance. In order to achieve this, we at the German Broadcasting Archive have had very positive experience with using a calibration tool that can quickly and accurately provide information as to whether each of the used tape machines is still playing back within the tape machine manufacturer's quality specifications or whether the machine needs to be taken out of service for maintenance or repair. This means that the uncertainty of earlier days as to whether the tape machine is still suitable for digitization is a thing of the past. In our cooperation with service providers we have noticed that this tool has become also indispensable to ensure that their tape machines are always in a correctly aligned condition and meet the quality specs. As latest addition we have now introduced a web-based service that allows the service provider to prove the regular use of the calibration tool and thus also to verify the quality of the maintenance. We as content owners have the possibility to check this online at any time.

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Lindsay Mattock

Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa
Lindsay Mattock is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. Her work focuses on the archival practices of non-institutional archival spaces, such as media collectives and community archives. Her ongoing digital project, Mapping the... Read More →

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Hinnerk Gehrckens

Head of Audio and Video Department, German Broadcasting Archive
Since 2015 Hinnerk Gehrckens is Head of Audio and Video Department at German Broadcasting Archive (a charitable foundation supported by the German public service broadcasting authorities ARD). Gehrckens graduated as electronic/communication engineer at the Technical University of... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 11:30 - 12:00 GMT
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