TMD manages Australian archive25 June 2012
Asset and content management specialist TMD has won the contract to provide an audio-visual management system for the National Archives of Australia. The project will encompass both digital and physical parts of the Archive’s collection, or a total of more than 600,000 assets. Established as an executive agency in 1983,m the National Archives of Australia maintains all records of the government and its agencies deemed to be of historical significance. A large part of the collection includes sound and visual items, including content from the major broadcasters. All this will now be managed by the TMD Mediaflex system. The audio-visual archive is housed in Sydney, with the headquarters of the service in Canberra and facilities in all the state capitals. “Our audio-visual assets are a central part of our collection,” said David Fricker, the Archives’ director general. “It is very important that we have a powerful means of accessing them, not just for our own staff but for the nation. We chose TMD because of their extensive experience in managing audio-visual archives.” Tony Taylor, chairman and CEO of TMD added “Managing audio-visual archives requires all the functionality of a digital asset management system with a highly flexible data model and much more besides.” The project, worth 1.5 million Australian dollars, is expected to take 15 months. It involves integrating with existing systems that manage archival records, migrating data from earlier implementations and establishing new workflows for adding digital and physical assets. With the new system it will be possible to track where physical assets are held, and control other processes such as preservation and format integration.