SCISYS helps save UK’s sounds

30th August 2018

The British Library has commissioned SCISYS to deliver a national Digital Radio Archive Management solution that will capture and preserve a representative part of the UK’s radio output. This archive is a key part of the British Library’s programme to preserve the nation’s audio heritage, ‘Save our Sounds’.

Working with the radio industry and other stakeholders, the pilot project’s main objectives are to provide a preservation solution for selected future output of up to 50 UK radio stations, as well as integration into the British Library infrastructure.

Oliver Giese, Head of Business Segment UK & IRL of the Media & Broadcast division for SCISYS, commented:

“We are very pleased that the British Library has awarded SCISYS this contract. It is an honour for us to be selected by this renowned organisation as the supplier of a solution to capture and preserve the UK’s radio output as part of its national audio heritage.”

The Digital Radio Archive will consist of modules from the dira! product portfolio for semi-automatic scheduling, capturing, processing and archiving of the UK’s radio output as recognisable programme recordings, accompanied by enriched metadata. Due to the high scalability of the dira! platform, this solution can scale-up to capture and archive more of the UK’s vibrant radio output for long-term preservation and research.

Klaus Heidrich, CEO of SCISYS, said:

“I am pleased to see that SCISYS’ premium dira! products will help generate value outside the broadcast arena. Having been selected by such a prominent customer as the British Library, credit must be given to our Media & Broadcast team for winning this valuable archiving project.”

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About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world-class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The British Library is home to the UK’s Sound Archive, a treasure trove of living history containing more than 6.5 million sounds including music, spoken word, oral history, wildlife and the environment dating back to the birth of recorded sound in the 19th century. Save our Sounds was launched by the British Library in 2015, pledging to preserve the nation’s sound heritage.

About SCISYS Group:

Employing around 670 staff, SCISYS Group is a leading developer of information and communications technology services, e-business, web and mobile applications, editorial newsroom solutions and advanced technology solutions. The Company operates in a broad spectrum of market sectors, including Media & Broadcast, Space, Government and Defence and Commercial sectors. SCISYS clients are predominantly blue-chip and public-sector organisations. Customers include the Environment Agency, the Ministry of Defence, Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space, Arqiva, Vodafone, the European Space Agency, Eumetsat, the BBC, Radio France, RTL, RNLI, Pets at Home, Siemens and the National Trust. The Company's registered office is in Dublin, with UK offices in Chippenham, Bristol, Leicester and Reading and German offices in Bochum, Dortmund, Darmstadt and Munich.