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Dubai Media Inc. (DMI) recently issued a major tender for an extensive archival project. The first part of the project is aimed at creating a digital workflow, where staff can access, browse, edit and send content to air without relying on tape. The second part will look to digitise hundreds of thousands of content stored on tape at the state broadcaster’s library.
"Archiving is a huge challenge as we’re not just talking about transferring thousands of hours of material but also tagging the right metadata onto them to en-sure we can retrieve them when we want to," stated Hassan Cha-hine, CTO of Dubai Media Inc.
"Without the right metadata, this content will be lost forever in a set of files. Our aim is to begin archiving everything that goes to air so that all content can be retrieved from a network. The next and bigger challenge is to archive our library, which in-cludes several years of tape. This is, of course, a time consuming project and will take several years. We have to find the right systems integrator to partner with for this project," he added.
The broadcaster is also simultaneously looking for a suitable storage solution to complement this project. "Presently, we use Om-neon servers for ingest and transmission. However, we don’t want to consume too much space on the ingest server. Ideally, we should be able to push everything to an archive where we can store multiple versions of a material including low-res and high-res versions to send to different platforms. We are looking at this as well."