Every business is dealing with data storage issues, but in the world of media and entertainment, the prevalence of digital media creates a perfect storm of data volume. Without the tangible backup tape, archiving digital data carries more weight than ever before. The urgent need for more secure archives than a mix of external hard drives, cloud storage and proprietary data tapes is here.

Broadcast Engineering brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Archives need standards.” Resolving the issues of storage and even costs is one thing, but when you are dealing with metadata and processes, it seems like standards should be utilized to ensure findability and security.

There is very little agreement across the industry on this issue. The difficulty lies in ambiguous definitions of the tags used. Loads of work needs to be done on this issue, and soon.

Melody K. Smith

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