Cambridge Imaging Systems’ asset management and publishing solution, Imagen, has been implemented in a major upgrade of the British Universities Film and Video Council’s (BUFVC) off-air recording and media archive service, BoB National, (short for Box of Broadcasts).
The project has created a link from BoB National to the BBC broadcast media archive, providing ERA+ licensed educational institutions with online access to over 1 million television and radio programmes broadcast since 2007. The project is funded by Jisc, a company specialising in digital technologies for education and research, and the BBC is a partner in the project.
Imagen provides a secure platform from which TV and radio programmes can be easily searched and retrieved; users can also create and share clip compilations and playlists. There is also an EPG menu that allows users to record programmes scheduled in the next seven days from over 60 TV and radio channels from the UK and abroad, and any recordings are then made available for all users.
“We’re very proud of our involvement in what is probably the world’s largest catch-up TV system for educational purposes,” commented Tom Blake, Managing director, Cambridge Imaging Systems. “The archive is an invaluable asset to students, teachers and researchers, and can now provide access to material that was previously inaccessible.”
Subtitle information is extracted from programmes to provide a source of searchable metadata, and content can be accessed and viewed on tablets and smart phones as well as computers. Content can be embedded in VLEs, and comments can be added to the programmes to encourage discussion and debate.