PrestoCentre Training Course 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011
Please note that this event is now closed.

(Course days will always start at 09.30am and close at 5pm daily)

DAY 1 - Monday 12 September
Preservation Planning and Management

09.00 - 09.30
Registration and Coffee
09.30 - 11.00
Welcome and Introduction to the Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to PrestoCentre and PrestoPRIME
    Daniel Teruggi (INA)

  • Overview of Digital Preservation
    Richard Wright (BBC)

    Four stages in the life of audiovisual content: 1) a signal; 2) a recording of a signal; 3) a digital/digitised signal; 4) preservation of the digital signal. Three digital workflows: 1) digitisation/migration of content into files as a preservation action; 2) working with a file-based archive; 3) true digital preservation: keeping file-based content usable (and affordable). Finally, OAIS and conservation, for analogue and digital content: 1) handling, packaging and storing; 2) environmental conditions; 3) protecting the masters; 4) condition monitoring. 

  • Overview of PrestoPRIME technology
    Laurent Boch (RAI)
11.30 - 12.15

Case Study 1: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision Images for the Future
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

During the ‘Images for the Future’ project, a total of 137.200 hours of video, 22.510 hours of film, 123.900 hours of audio, and 2.9 million photos from the Sound and Vision archives will be digitized to become 15 PetaByte of data, disclosed through various services. The main goal of the project is realising maximum accessibility to the audiovisual material for the targeted user groups.
12.15 - 13.00

13.00 - 13.45
Activity: Preservation Planning - Mapping Out and Assessing Stages, Issues and Priorities
Richard Wright (BBC)

Mapping Out and Assessing Stages, Issues and Priorities: The Presto ‘preserve the collection’ approach will be reviewed: mapping and prioritising, collection strategy, preservation strategy, preservation plan. Participants will compare their own organisation's situation: where they are, issues dealt with, issues the course should cover, what they want to achieve at their organisation, and what they want to take away from the course. This will include a personal assessment of 6 Key issues and 6 Critical Success Factors their organisations are facing, that participants will re-examine at the course’s end.

13.45 - 15.15
Case Study 2: Institut National de l'Audiovisuel and its 15 year long plan for Preservation and Digitisation

Ina launched in 1999 an ambitious plan to digitize its whole collections. This implied the development of an industrial environment and approach to digitization in order to digitize the 1 million 350.000 hours of Radio and Television. Presentation of the organisation of the process and its perspectives in terms of use and access. This presentation is a preparation of the following visit to Ina technical premises.

15.15 - 17.00
Tour through the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel de France

DAY 2 - Tuesday 13 September
All about Metadata and Integration

09.30 - 10.00

Introduction to Metadata
Richard Wright (BBC)

The basic types of audiovisual metadata and the critical distinction between preserving of metadata vs the use of metadata in the preservation of everything (essence and metadata). The need to interpret map metadata if it is to be made useful – rather than just being preserved as ‘dark metadata’ or ‘just bits’. The relation between preservation metadata and the data model of a repository (or digital library or OAIS or even an asset-management system).

10.00 - 11.00
Metadata Tools
  • "Contents Tracking"
    Jean - Hugues Chenot (INA)

    Presenting a sample application of how video fingerprints can be used to help give a structure to linear TV broadcast contents, this presentation will discuss an experimentation run at INA. Navigating within a growing database of 18 months of broadcasts on 10 different channels, the experiment allowed access to the results of unsupervised detecetion of repeated TV contents within this large store of material. In particular, the demonstration will highlight how results obtained without operator involvement reveal structure. 
  • "Multivalent"
11.30 - 12.30
Case Study 3: Memnon: Use of Semantic Metadata and Linked Data
Frédéric Beaugendre (Memnon)

12.30 - 13.30

13.30 - 15.30
Integration: how tools integrate with existing standards, technology and workflows

  • MPEG Issues for Digital Preservation
    Walter Allasia (Eurix)

    We live in a landscape of quickly growing audiovisual formats and contribute to the very short lifetime of some of them. In order to be able to set up a strong global preservation action we have to agree and define formats and protocols as well as establish distributed registries for automatic obsolescence evaluation and risk assessment. During this session, a practical approach is presented involving attendees in the standardization process of multimedia preservation description information.
  • Rights Services
    Laurent Boch (RAI)

    The goal is to provide to organisations of the audiovisual domain the means to improve the management of audiovisual rights information, in order to more easily identify the possibility to re-use archived material, to optimise the fruition of owned rights, and to support rights purchase and sale activities. The final users will have greater possibilities to access more content which would otherwise be used irregularly or not at all. From the analysis of a number of real contracts a glossary of rights terms has been obtained. We then defined an extension of MVCO (Mpeg  Media Value Chain Ontology) which is both a model and a language for unambiguously representing the rights situation of AV intellectual property entities. The RAI RightsDraw services allow their users to create, view and edit the rights information related to audiovisual assets, or specific queries. A prototype installation is demonstrated.
  • P4, the PrestoPRIME Preservation Platform
    Francesco Gallo (Eurix)

    An Open Source integration framework for the technologies developed within PrestoPRIME which support the process of running a preservation service. As an implementation of the OAIS model, it’s going to offer the basic services and interfaces for the Ingestion and Access of/to AV items, which will be accepted from the Producers in the forms of Submission Information Packages (SIP) and delivered to Consumers as Dissemination Information Packages. Software tools develped by the partners or third party tools can be integrated according to the defined Reference Architecture. P4 software is developed in Java language. The human users will typically access to the services through their normal browser. During the session the P4 architecture will be presented, and information will be given about the current progress of work. Usage of the Ingest and Access interfaces will be shown from the prototype version.
  • Rosetta
    Nir Sherwinter (ExLibris)

    Ex Libris' Rosetta, a digital preservation solution, addresses libraries’ and archives’ need to collect, manage, and preserve a wide variety of digital objects in different formats and structures. The system was developed in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand and reviewed by a peer review group of world-renowned preservation experts. As part of the PrestoPRIME project Rosetta is used as the commercial solution integrating with the different tools developed by the project partners.

    This session includes presentation of the system openness, integration points and specifically the unique plug-in framework. In addition live demo of Rosetta will demonstrate integrating with the MXF-Tech-MD-Extractor tool (a PrestoPRIME tool developed by RAI).
15.30 - 17.00

Activity, Discussion and Close

DAY 3 - Wednesday 14 September
Predicting and Planning the Future

09.30 - 10.00

Introduction to Predicting and Planning the Future

Richard Wright (BBC)

Why decision making begins with understanding risks, why a risk is really a prediction, and why preservation planning needs to have models in order to understand the probable consequences of decisions  -- and thus make good and cost-effective decisions.  The Presto ‘cost of risk of loss’ approach will be presented, to introduce the PrestoSpace and PrestoPRIME ‘what-if’ modelling and simulation tools.

10.00 - 12.30
Tools for Understanding the Future

  • Cost and Risk Modelling
    Matthew Addis (IT Innovation)

    Long term retention and access to AV assets as part of a preservation strategy inevitably involves compromise in order to achieve acceptable costs, especially for the huge volumes of archive material often involved. These compromises include quality control and throughput in transfer chains, data safety and accessibility in digital mass storage systems, and metadata quality and completeness when supporting access to archive materials.  But how can these compromises be objectively and quantitatively assessed? How can an archive be assured that when they design a preservation and access approach that it will function as expected and can cope with the inevitable yet unpredictable variations that will happen in operation?

    This session will present modelling tools which allow a range of preservation and access activities to be planned and analysed including cost projections, availability of operators and other resources, and simulation of 'disaster scenarios'.

  • Service Management
    Stephen Phillips (IT Innovation)

    Audiovisual archives are increasingly file-based and becoming an active element of the production, post-production and distribution process.  Often archive systems are in-house, but increasingly parts are out-sourced and even off-site. How can archive IT systems be managed to ensure they meet key performance indicators for ingest and access whilst not compromising the safety of the assets?  PrestoPRIME addresses this problem through policy-based automation applied to outwardly facing archive services and internal preservation processes alike, both defined through service level agreements (SLAs) and actively measured and controlled against metrics for performance, data integrity and availability.

     We present an automated service management tool and demonstrate how it can be used to monitor and manage the services required for audio-visual preservation, define SLAs for the different users of the system and maintain the quality of service defined in those SLAs.  We also show how the modelling from the previous session can provide a decision support system for service management.

  • Video Quality Assessment
    Peter Schallauer (Joanneum)

    Manual quality assessment of audiovisual media is a very time-consuming, and therefore expensive activity within the archive related processes of ingest, migration and access. For automatic quality control of digital audiovisual media only some tools have been developed. Mainly syntactical properties of the digital files can be checked, e.g. stream encoding or file wrapper standards compliance. Tools for checking the quality of the video or film images itself in an automatic manner are rare today.
    We present our recent results for automatically detecting various video and film impairments including video breakup's, noise and grain levels, and more. We also show the interactive 'AV-Inspector Summary' tool which allows for efficient human verification of automatically detected visual impairments.

  • Metadata Mapping and Validation
    Werner Bailer (Joanneum)

    There is a large heterogeneity in terms of metadata formats between different audiovisual collections, e.g. broadcast archives, film archives, libraries holding a/v assets. Making contents accessible to wider communities in both B2B and B2C scenarios, e.g. on portals such as Europeana, increase the number of metadata formats involved. We will briefly discuss some recent relevant developments, such as the MPEG-7 AVDP, the Europeana data model and the W3C Ontology for Media Resources on the Web. The variety of producers and consumers of metadata creates the need for mappings or crosswalks between the different metadata formats. We present novel approaches for automating metadata mapping and semantic validation of metadata documents, that aim at overcoming the limitations of 1:1 mappings between each pair of formats.

  • Management of User-Generated Metadata
    Michiel Hildebrand (VUA)

    In the audiovisual domain tagging games are explored as a method to collect user-generated metadata. The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision deployed the video labelling game Waisda? to collect time-based tags for videos from their collection. We demonstrate Waisda? and discuss the results of a study into the role of such user tags for audiovisual collections. In addition, we describe a workflow that allows the moderation of user tags by domain experts. We discuss a first prototype to semi-automatically link tags to concepts from the Linked Open Data cloud.
12.30 - 13.30

13.30 - 14.30
Activity: Assessment and Impression of Tools

14.30 - 15.30
Travel to Paris
16.00 - 17.30
Bibliothèque Nationale de France Visit:
  • Digital Library

  • Digital Preservation

  • Datatape Migration
Dinner in Paris

DAY 4 - Thursday 15 September
Industrial Solutions and Developments

Provisional List of Presentations: Arkivum Ltd, Atempo, Cube-Tec, DEBRIE Technologies, DFT - Film, Doremi, Eurix, Front Porch Digital, Quotium, LTFS ERA), MediaServices, NOA - Audio, Vectracom, P+S Technik

09.30 - 10.50

Introduction to Industrial Solutions and Development Day
Richard Wright (BBC)
  • Brief discussion of impressions from previous day’s visit to the National Library.
  • Brief background on tools that are relevant but not being presented present for Industrial presentations.
09.50 - 11.20

Brief Presentation of Industrial Solutions and Developments Session 1
11.20 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.30
Brief Presentation of Industrial Solutions and Developments Session 2
12.30 - 13.30

13.30 - 14.30

Brief Presentation of Industrial Solutions and Developments Session 3
14.30 - 17.30
Activity: Impressions of Tools

DAY 5 - Friday 16 September
Looking Forward

09.30 - 10.15

How to Proceed form Here? Support for your Digitisation or Preservation Projects
Rachel Somers Miles (PrestoCente)

10.15 - 11.00
Audiovisual Research in Europe, DigiBIC and Europeana
Daniel Teruggi (INA)

11.00 - 11.15

11.15 - 12.00
Encouraging Use and Reuse by Educators and the Public
Peter Kaufman (Intelligent Television)

What can we do with our audiovisual archives to help those involved with education?  This presentation builds on a 2011 report on the subject from JISC in the UK (see: and presents new audiovisual-archive initiatives dealing with history, politics, and literature.  It also suggests that we tilt our frames of reference to imagine YouTube, Facebook, and Wikipedia as our television networks and universities such as Columbia, MIT, and Yale as our research laboratories.

12.00 - 13.00

13.00 - 14.00
Screening the Future
  • New archivists for managing contents?
    Matteo Treleani

  • Future of 3D Projects and Archiving
    John Zubrzycki
14.00 - 16.00
Activity: Week Reflections and Forward

16.00 - 17.00
Close and Cocktail Drinks


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