Opening Up the Archives: Part 1 of a 6 part film about R&D and Archive Research
Three years ago now the R&D department founded a dedicated team looking at research to support the archives of the BBC. Based around core long term projects such as PrestoPrime, the group has expanded its portfolio of active projects to cover every element of archives technology, from high performance storage platforms to advanced metadata techniques. At the same time the BBC's own archive has been transformed by massive programmes of migration, and the ongoing evolution of the broadcast environment, not to mention an increased appreciation of the value of archives as public resources.
Here in R&D we wanted to give the story of this archive team a full showing, so we have produced a film which is in total some 45 minutes long. Over the next six weeks we'll be releasing this work in small segments, each focussed on one element of the story, starting this week with a look at the challenges of archives. So, please join Alex Mansfield as he introduces us to the challenge of "Opening the Archive"