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RE: [AV Media Matters] Quadriga audio archiving and metadatasystem

All-  The BBC archives work with the company Houpert Digital Audio on EC
projects, and of course they are very well respected across Europe and
deserve international exposure.  However there are competing products
that are equally deserving of notice.  The three that spring immediately
to mind are ACS's Elettra (now partnered with Dalet), NOA and Otari's
DAS.  Finally, although not addressing the same metadata issues, the
Sadie audio workstations can be networked to provide effective audio
digitisation.  I can supply further references on any of the above.

I would value learing about what systems are mainly used in North
American and elsewhere.

ACS: http://www.dalet.com/General/0000026e.pdf
HDS Quadriga: http://www.cube-tec.com/Quadriga.html
NOA: www.noa.at/
Otari: http://www.otari.com/products/DAS.html
Sadie: www.sadie.com

I believe Jim Lindner has used Quadriga in the USA:

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-----Original Message-----
From: Robertson, Beth (SLSA) [mailto:Robertson.Beth@slsa.sa.gov.au]
Sent: 13 November 2003 06:21
To: 'AV-Media-Matters@topica.com'
Subject: [AV Media Matters] Quadriga audio archiving and metadata system

Dear List

I am interested to know more about the use of Quadriga or other audio
archiving and metadata systems outside continental Europe and Australia.

In mid-2002 we in Australia were described as the second largest user
group of Quadriga, in a trend that began with our various national
audiovisual archives and is now being expanded into state libraries (my
area of
interest) and universities.

As background, Houpert Digital Audio (HDA) in Germany developed the
Quadriga system in the 1990s for the supervised transfer of single media
archives (ie the massive government-owned European radio archives on
1/4" tape) to digital mass storage systems (based on the Broadcast Wav
File format). In Australia our national audiovisual archives have
required more flexibility in Quadriga, and HDA has been receptive to the
more diverse needs of multimedia audiovisual archives.

To date, the only US reference to Quadriga I have come across is
National Audio Restoration Services in Santa Monica.

Can list members tell me about their use of/interest in dedicated audio
archiving systems based on digital mass storage rather than physical
format (ie CD-R) and in particular their use of/interest in Quadriga?

Information on or off-list would be much appreciated as I am renewing
efforts to graduate to this kind of technology at my institution.

Beth M Robertson
Coordinator, Preservation
State Library of South Australia
Telephone +61 8 8207 7212
Fax +61 8 8207 7274
Email Robertson.Beth@slsa.sa.gov.au

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