If you do nothing to your media, it will disappear. Every media format ages and deteriorates until one day it just doesn’t work. While high quality film might last a hundred years, most forms of magnetic tape can start to degrade after a decade. Cassettes, disks, and hard drives might require playback equipment that can become obsolete and hard to find. Physical space, environmental factors, storage costs, and the risk of physical damage all must be considered, too. It’s critical that legacy media be digitally transferred to a stable, long-term storage format. LTO (Linear Tape-Open) is the gold standard for long-term preservation—it can safely store data for up to thirty years and is easy to migrate to newer technologies over time. The Library of Congress says data should be migrated to newer formats every ten to twenty years.
Your media collection has historical importance, cultural relevance, monetary value, and maybe all three. Imagine the value of this older content when company anniversaries or retirements roll around. Aldis Systems can help you extract the maximum return from your legacy media. Our team of Media Asset Management experts will craft a solution that ensures your media is preserved, secure and ready for future use.
Besides working out metadata plans, we also have staff with a depth of experience in navigating and troubleshooting virtually every physical media format. We can come onsite to help determine what should get kept, set priorities based on age and format, and assess the quality of any existing database you might already have. We’ll do out best to automate metadata ingest from any of your existing records, but our librarians can provide deeper descriptive tagging as well.