NOA adds internet access to Romanian radio archive project14 November 2011
SRR, the national radio broadcaster in Romania, has extended its archive access technology with a further software module from NOA. The broadcaster already uses NOA’s MediArc technology for its archive management, and is now adding MediArc Web. This will enable regional radio stations to access the national SRR archive over the internet.
SRR is migrating its analogue audio archive to a secure, fully managed digital system in a project called Golden Fonoteca. When complete, the project will have captured more than 125,000 hours of content on almost 600,000 individual carriers, including analogue and DAT tape, vinyl and rubber records, and CDs. The project, which started in 2009, is expected to take about 10 years.
For the project SRR is using six NOA Record ingest systems, a CD-Lector CD ripping system and NOA MediaLector ingest software. The MediArc Web module is a limited intranet web version of the MediArc client. Any authorised user can search metadata, preview assets and order items in the archive.
“The MediArc system represents the backbone of the SRR archive, and its order management feature already supports transcoding to remote locations, so it was a logical step for us to add the web module,” said Dan Barabas, SRR digital archive manager. “Because of MediArc Web our regional stations are at last able to access SRR archives without needing a remote installation, which means they will be able to make better use of the assets in the Golden Fonoteca project.”