A tribute to my father – and to Inhouse Archiving
During his lifetime, my late father Eberhard Kummer was quite a famous hurdy-gurdy player and classic opera singer as well – having recorded around 30 CDs in many decades of his artistic career.
When meeting new people, I remember to always have been confronted with the question “Mr. Kummer – are you a relative of that famous singer Eberhard Kummer?” – and I had to blushingly admit “Yes, he is my father”.
A few years after we founded NOA in 2000 we had successfully set up a fully integrated workflow system with NOA Record at the Austrian broadcaster ORF. One day, my father came into the ORF studios in “Argentinierstraße” in Vienna to make a new recording of the “Nibelungenlied”.
It was the recording engineer who then asked him: “Kummer, Kummer… are you somehow a relative to Jean-Christophe Kummer, the creator behind the NOA systems?” So then and there it was my father’s turn to recognize, that his son stepped out of proverbial shadow – at least concerning the recognition value of our family name. So – besides this personal “victory” of mine of finally succeeding my father’s legacy:
Why did this recording engineer know me? Well: in the wake of the audio migration project, ORF engineers were trained to operate the NOA digitization stations during downtimes of their usual tasks; two hours here, three hours there. The thereby engaged work force were called “left over” resources – and by this practice some 200.000 hours of radio archives have been digitised over the years. If you want to know about the advantage – continue to read:
Digitization – how much time is left?
When clients require a partner to help them embracing the challenge of socializing their hundreds of thousands of legacy archive carriers they face many issues: ATR/VTR availability, knowledge gaps in handling historical formats, fear to have excessive lack in efficient processes, and fear to not see the good apples, while always start to eat the bad apples.
Service Providers have appeared and disappeared on the market, chasing for large 7 digits OPEX budgets – and meanwhile clients realize: It is about the most elementary and most simple things one has to provide:
A workbench. Knowledge. Good Training. Players and spare parts. Project Management support. Simple customer of the shelve IT hardware which can be serviced instead of outdated robots. A stable long-term database repository, which can be integrated in all of your production workflows.
Well documented workflows with reduced OPEX costs and a cost factor which is by far competing on known business models.
Inhouse versus Outsourced
If one looks at the total cost of archive socialization, there are two scenarios which we can see worldwide:
Those who can rely on stable intellectual metadata repositories of the last 30 years, and may go very fast in preservation/digitization and…
Those who need to start from scratch in creating elementary metadata from as many visual sources as available including all kind of tandem photos and scans of the carrier.
NOA mediARC is the new long term legacy repository for your multiple assets with focus on the creation of semantic context. Based upon a NOA driven graph database upon standard Oracle SQL technology it allows for multiple, freely designable repositories describing your different catalogues, unify them, and make them accessible under one hood. mediARC is an Archive Asset Management system targeting archivists with a true long-term vision on preservation and access.
Speed kills sometimes
The pace to create digitization based upon the idea of “one file = one carrier” which might lead up to 100.000 carriers digitized per year works quite well on stable repositories, but should be thoroughly considered for sparsely annotated content. At the end of the day, you want to have segments well annotated and if possible, even semantically linked.
Even the Austrian broadcaster ORF with its Atos driven preservation factory based upon NOA FrameLector and jobDB technology has on purpose chosen to reduce the pace towards maximum of 60.000 carriers per year – simply to have the chance to really doublecheck segmented content and make it immediately available to content producers – a wonderful set of history channels and history content has been created there. Quality should rule the result of your repository – not so much speed.
Backed up with rich experience from successful projects realized in Africa, UAE, Europe, Asia, US and Latin America during the last 22 years, we are confident that NOA can be of assistance also with your archive project.
So – how may we help you?
Cu in Capetown together with Manuel Corn and Wigdan Nassr.