Vienna, Austria (December 20, 2011)—Mexico’s National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) has purchased two NOA Audio Solutions audio-visual media digitization systems for its Mediateka project.
Mediateka aims to preserve the complete cultural heritage of Mexico’s indigenous peoples in a national archive. One of the systems is a mobile ingest and digitization system that will travel around Mexico capturing and converting audio sources into WAV and MP3 files. Those files will then be transferred to the second system being installed at CDI’s headquarters in Mexico City, where they will be checked, have metadata extracted, and be stored for integration into CDI’s workflow. The mobile system is the first of its kind.
“This traveling system allows us to digitize artifacts from outlying areas that would otherwise be impossible to get,” said Xilonen Luna Ruiz, director of archives at CDI. “By being able to digitize the artifacts on location, we take our first step toward safeguarding our endangered national cultural heritage of indigenous people in the various regions of Mexico. This one-of-a-kind system paves the way for the video portion of our project.”
The mobile system includes a NOA Record ingest system, a jobDB Control Center, a MediaButler tool to produce different formats on the fly, a NOA service console, and a DBScripter script interpreter, all of which integrate easily with CDI’s existing Aleph metadatabase and DVS SpycerBox. NOA also provided CDI with a free Studer A810 professional tape recorder to support the project.
The jobDB Control Center in the traveling unit acts as a “light” version of NOA’s jobDB ingest workflow system, allowing mobile users to feed metadata information toward the ALEPH system in Mexico City without requiring remote access. Also, jobDB meets CDI’s need to have track-based copies from carriers for production in various formats as well as digitization in a single BWF file at 96 kHz and 24 bits.
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