Nominated by: RTÉ – Razib Chatterjee
Nominee: RTÉ – Rossa Lyons
Title: Archives at Risk Digitisation Project
RTÉ Archives has a legislative obligation under Irish Law to establish and maintain archives and in common with broadcasters and audio-visual archive of its age needs to address critical issues around safeguarding its collections, and particularly legacy material that is at risk on older carriers and formats. After a time of significant economic downturn, during which most planned projects and investment were severely curtailed, vital infrastructure investment in media asset management, digital storage systems and digital preservation planning was halted for many years. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)‘s Archive Funding Scheme created an environment which highlighted vulnerable archives in the broadcasting sector and has enabled RTÉ Archives to secure part finance over a number of competitive funding rounds in recent years.
The success of these micro-projects has enabled RTÉ Archives to not only safeguard hugely important collections, such as video news and early television programming, but has also provided an important stepping stone and learning in the creation of a future archiving environment, digital infrastructure and preservation planning for all of RTÉ Archives.