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Digitisation of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Archive underway

23-09-2005 (Honiara)
Digitisation of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Archive underway
Thelma Nieng and Lincoln Kuse in the digitisation studio
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A project funded by UNESCO’s International programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) to facilitate the digitisation of the archive at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is now underway.
A consultant from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ben Whitten, worked with staff of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) to purchase and install equipment and establish protocols for the digitisation process. The SIBC used project funds to refurbish their premises to provide suitable conditions for the updated archive, and SIBC staff are now undertaking the considerable task of digitising the material.

The SIBC archive, in addition to its main function of providing working material for broadcasters, is focussed on collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to a collection of audio media and heritage. At this stage, the archive remains the sole repository of much material of value to the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands has been through a challenging period. It was recognised some years ago that material in the archive was at grave risk. It was evident that the premises were inadequate, and the collection was deteriorating.

Despite immediate and much more pressing problems, it was also recognised that it was important for the future of the Solomon Islands to take measures to preserve this material. The SIBC approached UNESCO/IPDC for funding for digitisation, as the most likely successful method of preservation.

The challenge in this project has been to provide appropriate housing and equipment for the archive, that can be sustained and that allows for future changes in technology and methodology. The techniques must allow not just for preservation but for current material to be added to the collection, and accessibility into the future.

Currently, the methods introduced are working, but this will be a long-term project.
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