||EBU Members frequently have been seeking advice on the technology to use for setting up digital archives. This Group addressed those requests. It was closed after finishing its report.|
The continuous improvements of storage technology, the switch to digital HDTV production and the connection of archives to online outlets, had given rise to questions on audio & video formats, compression, media types, containers, metadata, integration, future proofness, costs, etc.
These questions covered a wide range of technologies and expertise. The EBU P/DATA Group focussed on a specific subset, namely: the integration of archives in (existing) production environments. Where ‘archives’ concentrated on long-term preservation of audio-visual content.
The P/DATA Group held a large survey under broadcasters and other organisations. The results of this work was published in the EBU Archive Report 2010 ( EBU Technical Report 006). The P/DATA Group was closed in 2011.