22 Jul 2018

Digitizing TVNZ's massive archive

From Standing Room Only, 12:40 pm on 22 July 2018

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision inherited the extensive TVNZ archives in 2014.  Since then ikt's come in for criticism over delays when it come to digitising and sharing them. .

But it's a massive task, with more than 400,000 items.  Many of them can only be played on obsolete and hard to source equipment, and much of it needs urgent conservation work.

It will take years and cost millions of dollars to complete the task of digitally preserving the collection so that we can watch them on the Archive's website.

But at least we'll be able to see what's in the collection online from next month, after the Archive carried out an extensive audit of the material.

The TVNZ collection proper - this excludes the National Film Unit material - dates from 1960 and the oldest film from that time is of the All Blacks Tour to South Africa.

Lynn Freeman spoke to Ngā Taonga Chief Executive, Rebecca Elvy and to Group Manager Information Services, Sarah Davy about how they came to take over caring for the TVNZ archives.