IT Innovation goes to Las Vegas

22 Feb 2015

Digital archives are gambling with the future of the content in their care. IT Innovation headed to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas in April to demonstrate technology that allows broadcasters and archivists to identify and manage the threats they face to the long-term preservation of digital audio-visual content in their care.

The NAB Show in Las Vegas is the largest and most prestigious exhibition for the media production industry in the world. We were there in the NAB Labs Futures Park (booth N9629) showcasing our technology for managing the threats to long-term preservation of digital audio-visual (AV) content. Risks to AV content arise from format obsolescence, media degradation and failures in the very people, processes and systems designed to keep the content safe and accessible. We showcased software that can analyse preservation workflows, suggest risks that may be present and model the cost of those risks both in terms of loss of content and of money.

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BPRisk Web Application

IT Innovation have developed a Business Process Risk management framework (BPRisk) in the DAVID project that allows users to plan and manage workflow processes with regards to risk. These are risks that threaten long-term preservation of digital AV content. By managing the risks we avoid damage and ensure that our cultural heritage is preserved and accessible for the long term.

BPRisk enables users to effectively manage risks in their preservation workflows. Risk management is key to preventing long-term issues such as format compatibility, which cannot be mitigated by common strategies such as file replication. The software draws upon a database of known risks from the AV preservation domain to assist the users in specifying risks for their preservation workflows. Moreover, BPRisk enables the simulation of workflow executions to aid the workflow design for reducing the cost and increasing the value of long-term preservation of the digital content.

To find out more, visit the DAVID project page for more info.