A large number of audiovisual heritage is on the verge of extinction, even as broadcasting entities are transitioning from analogue to digital formats.
A lack of essential skills and resources prohibits broadcasting organisations from digitising audiovisual archival within the industry to sharply focusing on constantly assessing what is required by practitioners to ensure that historical and cultural audiovisual heritage is preserved within their institutions.
In response to the abovementioned challenges, #PreserveAfricaArchives conducted a survey to understand the scope and depth of what is needed by audiovisual libraries of broadcast media organisations.
The survey revealed that a large portion of broadcasters have not fully transitioned to digitising the collections, with 57.89% confirming that their materials are still in analogue format.
The broadcasting industry has rated financial support as a critical requirement to ensure the transition from analogue to digital formats. A further 62.50% indicated that equipment is needed to fast track the process, and an additional 37.50% believe that human resources are what they need.
For the industry to succeed, 62.50% of the participants agree that more partnership initiatives for digitising collections will be beneficial as this will open channels for collaborations as well as knowledge sharing.
The survey further indicated that the digitisation of archival collections should be part of the organisations’ preservation
mandate. New processes and strategies need to be consistently implemented.
The gathered knowledge indicates that training and partnership initiatives are critical requirements for shaping and growing the industry and ensuring the transition from analogue to digital formats.
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