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Cambridge Imaging Systems targets Imperial War Museum archive

3 June 2008

Cambridge, April 2008 – Cambridge Imaging Systems has been awarded a prestigious contract to supply the Imperial War Museum with advanced software to help manage its valuable film and audio archive and to assist in making this unique resource available online.

The film and video archive of the IWM is one of the oldest film archives in the world, with expanding collections extending to over 20,000 hours of film and videotape in a variety of formats. In addition, it is now starting to acquire file-based digital material. At present, around one third of this material has on-line documentation but currently there is no on-line access to any moving images.

The IWM’s website will be developed over coming years to become a virtual branch of the IWM. At the same time, the internal ICT network and storage are being upgraded.

At the heart of the new system will be the Imagen Media Control Centre (IMCC) developed by Cambridge Imaging systems. This will manage the workflow of ingesting, decoding, transcoding and distributing digital images via the Museum’s website. Researchers and the general public will thus be able to search for archived material and view contemporary footage and still images relating to world conflict over the past century.

David Walsh, Head of Preservation of the IWM said:
We were looking for a system which could provide the additional functionality needed to enable timeline-based documentation and searching along with moving image and sound file encoding, while seamlessly integrating with our existing Adlib system. We believe the Imagen solution created by Cambridge Imaging Systems is best able to do this.”

Tone Blake of Cambridge Imaging Systems said:
“We already have experience of working with some of the World’s great film archives and we are delighted to be able to help the Imperial War Museum in its important work of making this very special collection more accessible to a wider audience.”

For further information please contact:

John Foster 01473 652195 mediamatters@mac.com