On the Bright Side of Data Migrations

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Reto Kromer


Let us be very clear from the very beginning: I do not consider data migration a good thing at all for the archive community. On the contrary, it costs a lot of time, money, and effort to be achieved accurately. But it cannot be avoided. I will discuss here how data migrations can be used efficiently for modifying, where necessary, the archive’s containers, codecs, data and metadata. During the two dozen of data migrations we have carried out for ourselves and our clients, we could actually fix errors in the structure and metadata of the archive, and also we could replace obsolete or endangered formats with current ones. This allows us to change or adjust the strategy when needed. We could update the data and therefore realise maintenance of the digital archive.

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Kromer, R. (2018). On the Bright Side of Data Migrations. International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) Journal, (49), 18–22. https://doi.org/10.35320/ij.v0i49.72
Author Biography

Reto Kromer, AV Preservation by reto.ch Sàrl

Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audiovisual conservation and restoration more than thirty years ago. He was head of preservation at the Cinémathèque suisse (Swiss National Film Archive), and lecturer at the University of Lausanne and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

He has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by reto.ch, and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables, and codec programming and emulation.

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