Library IT Completes Work for Beinecke Videotape Digitization Initiative

"Video tape archive" by Drs Kulturarvsprojekt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Video tape archive” by Drs Kulturarvsprojekt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Staff within the Enterprise Systems and Architecture group have completed several areas of work that will allow the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library to move forward with their renewed video digitization effort starting in November 2014.  The Beinecke aims to digitize approximately 1,600 videotapes to both rescue at-risk material and provide greater access to these collections materials through the Beinecke Digital Library.  Special thanks to Steve DiSorbo, Systems Programmer and Yue Ji, Senior Programmer Analyst for all of their work on this project.

Library IT has completed the following in support of this initiative:

  • Expanded the tape repository that serves as the preservation end-point to accommodate the estimate 180TB of digital master video files that are anticipated to be created through digitization
  • Developed a general purpose Quality Control tool used to validate the successful capture of newly created digital surrogates.  This tool can be used going forward for other video digitization projects across Yale University Library
  • Developed various automation and integration functionality to move content from the SAMMA video capture stations to the tape repository, and capture technical and descriptive metadata throughout the process
  • And finally, expanded the Kaltura Video Platform, the video delivery service  used by the Beinecke Digital Library to stream content to patrons worldwide