This document is relevant for our own library as we increase our focus on video preservation in our collections. In this document, I consider digitization to mean digitization for preservation.
Some notes from the document:
- "There is now consensus among audiovisual archives internationally that we will not be able to support large‑scale digitisation of magnetic media in the very near future."
- "Tape that is not digitised by 2025 will in most cases be lost forever."
- Much of what is now this nation’s heritage originated in the analogue era of the 20th century and has been handed down on various magnetic tape formats.
- "All tape-based formats created in the 20th century are now obsolete. Tape that is not digitised by 2025, we risk losing forever. This creates a deadline, and a dilemma, for those entrusted with the care of these precious memories."
- At current rates, not all magnetic tape can be saved in time, meaning that much will of the cultural heritage will be lost to future generations.
- "Considerable resources are required to ensure all surviving
tape-based media is digitised and managed for
long-term digital storage and access."
- Quite a lot of our history on tape finishes up in landfill just because it is seldom valued at the time that decisions about its preservation are being made.
- "Our audiovisual heritage is too precious to lose"
Some benefits of preserving these recordings are:
- The historical record connects us to who we were, and who we are.
- The original content in many collections becomes accessible and it creates knowledge.
- Making these resources discoverable and accessible provides a tangible return on the considerable investment in creating them.
- "Unlocking a treasure trove of images and sounds of the past will inspire creators of new works, and encourage" the creation of new content.
- These preservation projects will promote "specialised skills development and help retain expertise within the cultural sector and the audiovisual industries."