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SKR archive uses NOA tech

David Davies 10 May 2010
SKR archive uses NOA tech

SKR (Slovak Radio) has implemented NOA Audio Solutions’ mediaARC solution and IngestLine digital audio transcription systems. As the result of an installation completed in March, the broadcaster is using the NOA technology to secure, preserve and manage the diverse content of its historic audio collection. NOA’s mediARC automates management of audio content within a workflow. Once content has been ingested by the NOA IngestLine Record system, mediARC automatically encodes both high-quality 96-kHz 24-bit .wav and browsable .mp3 copies of each file, including Waveform and trackmarkers. When a file is requested, mediARC institutes the transfer from the archive to the various production systems, performing necessary transcoding in the process. As the result of an installation that is said to herald “dramatic improvements in efficiency, access and security,” SKR is able to call on the following equipment: two NOA IngestLine Record Stations, each with three parallel ingest streams, for digital transcription; an IngestLine CD Lector single-drive mass CD ripping system; and mediARC itself, comprising an Oracle database with mediARC scheme, file manager, processor host, 100-client distributed Web interface, and 20-client distributed mediARC administrative interface. “Our choice of the NOA mediARC solution was a logical one because the company’s outstanding reputation has made it the leader in quality-controlled digital archiving,” said Robert Oravec, technical director at SKR. “Furthermore, we required a system with a comprehensive and flexible metadata structure for describing audio assets. The mediARC system, which incorporates highly functional tools including an easy-to-use feature for consolidating metadata entries, met our exacting standards. In my opinion, mediARC has become the tool of choice for enabling an enterprise to make the most of its archive.” Jean-Christophe Kummer, NOA managing partner, added: “Today’s digital technology gives us the unprecedented ability to ensure that future generations have access to our cultural heritage. At the same time, well-managed digital storage of media makes it much more readily available today, enabling its use and re-use for a wide variety of creative pursuits. The NOA mediARC system in place at SKR uses the best practices of the archiving world to meet the intensive demands of their production environment today, and to secure access to the record tomorrow.”

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