Digital intake on track

14 Mar 2022

Over recent years, we’ve been developing a digital intake service for our content partners to store their born-digital and digitised files with us in a sustainable way. After several years of testing and fine-tuning, the process is now fully operational. We’re happy to provide an update here!

In 2016, we surveyed our content partners on the needs for their digital collections. Their responses showed us that most of them were interested in the sustainable preservation of their born-digital and already digitised (not by meemoo) content. Some of them even appeared to need this service quite urgently. That’s why, in 2018, we launched a number of pilot projects to investigate the best way for this content to be given a place in the meemoo archive system.

It’s now 2022, and our digital intake workflow is running smoothly. You can read more about it here. We put our new process to the test with a first group of content partners last year. To find out what steps they go through to give their content a sustainable future in our archive system, watch this video.

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13,588 securely stored files

Digital content is now flowing in smoothly from the majority of our first round of content partners, or well on the way to doing so. Over 13,500 items from their digital collections have already found their way into the meemoo archive system, amounting to over 680 GB in total.

To be precise:

  • 11,922 images (accounting for over 87%);

  • 1138 audio files (over 8%);

  • 528 videos, (just under 4%).

Digital influx round 1

And we’ve still got a long way to go…

Now that we’ve got the process up and running, more and more partners will be able to count on us to preserve their digital content moving forward. We’ll be starting a new round of content partners every six months, taking on a dozen or so new ones each time. The second round is currently underway, with the third scheduled for this summer.

But the fact that this process has now been set up doesn’t mean we stop there. We’re planning a comprehensive evaluation of the service soon, for example, and continuing to innovate behind the scenes – currently working hard to develop new tooling. In the future, we also want to focus on automating our internal processes further – but we’re not there yet.

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