World’s First Automated Audiovisual Migration System Completes 2,250 Hour Job at Yale University

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The System for the Automated Migration of Media Assets, or SAMMA, has completed its automated migration pilot project at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. More than 2,250 hours of videotape testimonies were migrated and digitized at a fraction of the cost of using traditional methods.

The System for the Automated Migration of Media Assets, or SAMMA, has completed its automated migration pilot project at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. More than 2,250 hours of videotape testimonies were migrated and digitized at a fraction of the cost of using traditional methods.

The Fortunoff Video Archive’s decision to be the first archive to use SAMMA for the migration of their collection was based on both the expert quality control capabilities of the system and the ability to migrate twice the number of tapes for a given budget compared to the manual process.

“Being the first archive to work with SAMMA was quite exciting and we are very happy with the final results.” says Joanne Rudof, Chief Archivist of the Fortunoff Video Archive. “The ability to preserve and digitize so many of the tapes from our collection with the grant funds we received from the National Endowment for the Humanities was a wonderful opportunity.”

Jim Lindner, CEO of SAMMA Systems says “We truly could not have picked a better partner for our product launch – it was a wonderful opportunity to not only create something that had never been done before – but to learn how large a contribution we will be able to make to the field. The project at Yale allowed us to verify and refine the concepts that will be used to preserve other important collections such as the Peabody Awards Archive Collection at the University of Georgia and the massive video collection of the Library of Congress.”

About the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Since 1979, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has worked to record, collect, and preserve Holocaust witness testimonies, and to make its collection available to researchers, educators, and the general public. The Archive currently holds more than 4,300 testimonies, which are comprised of over 10,000 recorded hours of videotape. Testimonies are produced in cooperation with 37 affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel. More information is available on the website at http://www.library.yale.edu/testimonies/homepage.html.

About SAMMA Systems

SAMMA Systems has extensive expertise with magnetic media migration, and is dedicated to taking traditional migration strategies into the 21st century by researching, developing, and deploying cutting-edge digital media technology. SAMMA Systems is developing next-generation processes and standards for automated media migration. SAMMA Systems is a division of Media Matters, LLC. More information is available on the website at http://www.sammasystems.com

For further information contact Steve Kwartek at 212-268-5528 X113 or skwartek@media-matters.net.

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