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Conservation-quality digital media systems and distributed archives

Joyce Shintani
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The explosion of interest in digital asset retrieval systems, including Musical Information Retrieval (MIR), combined with the convergence of fast, low-cost network technology and large storage components led the publicly funded Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany to begin an investigation into the implications of these technologies on archiving, conservation and access in 2002. Today, ZKM is creating an international network of scalable, open system-based archives, powerful enough to manage heritage collections. The core is a disk storage system, operable by non-specialist personnel in the museum or archive environment, suitable for music, moving imagery, film and other media. The project is called the "Digital Heritage Program" and is housed in the ZKM Center for Digital Conservation. In 2004, the ZKM Storage Area Network (SAN) reached approximately 100Tb (Terabyte) capacity and will eventually house the audio and moving imagery collection of the ZKM | Media Library, as well as mirroring several other collections. The presentation presents specific experiences from the project to date and also reports on two developments slated for roll-out in 2005: the pilot implementation of "institutional guarantee" as well as public-private partnership.
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Peter Cornwell, Joyce Shintani. Conservation-quality digital media systems and distributed archives. Journées d'Informatique Musicale, Association Française d'Informatique Musicale; Centre de recherche en Informatique et Création Musicale, Jun 2005, Saint-Denis, France. ⟨hal-03121566⟩
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