ITMA at British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) 2019

Viewing Times: 16 — 17 November 2019  Venue: Dublin  Book Now

ITMA DAP Project Archivist, Fionnuala Parfrey will give a talk at the 2019 British and Irish Sound Archives (BISA) annual gathering.  

Developing a New Strategy for Preservation and Access – A Case Study from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

In 2018 the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) received generous funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Digitised Collections Funding Scheme. Thanks to this funding the Digital Audio/visual Preservation (DAP) Project was made possible. Prioritising at-risk non-commercial material, the DAP Project involves digitising over 2,500 audiovisual carriers, including CD-Rs, DATs, DVCAMs and MiniDVs, ingesting the digital assets into a digital preservation system, and making these assets discoverable by the public. This project is the first phase of ITMA’s new strategy for preservation and access, a strategy that involves ongoing digitisation of ITMA collections as well as the development of a new digital preservation system and access platform.

This talk, co-presented by the project archivist at ITMA Fionnuala Parfrey and the founder of Memnon Archiving Services, will address the lifecycle of the project from the perspective of both the archive and the digitisation service-providers. Memnon will provide insight into the workflows for carrying out mass audiovisual digitisation (in this case 1,500+ hours of audio and 1,200+ hours of video) and secure file delivery, while ITMA will provide insight into various aspects of the project, including the barcoding and packaging of the carriers for digitisation overseas; the development of a QC workflow; the parsing and re-formatting of rich legacy metadata to ISAD(g) descriptive standard; and the ingest of digital audio files into Arkivum’s digital preservation system. The paper will also address the working relationship between both parties and the collaboration and communication at each stage from procurement, through the testing stage, and finally to scale-up and completion.

For more information on DAP at ITMA please see here and here

For more information on BISA please see the conference website.