Front Porch Digital Donates SAMMAsolo To Help Preserve Madagascar's Cultural Heritage

Association FL@H manages Madagascar’s archive of cinema, television, and radio recording with aid of SAMMAsolo tape migration system. September 24, 2012

Front Porch Digital has donated a SAMMAsolo single-stream multiformat tape migration system to Association FL@H, the association in charge of preserving Madagascar's audiovisual archives, to drive its preservation effort. L'Association FL@H, also known as Fanajariana Lova association Haino Aman-Jery, relies mostly on donations to sustain its activities. SAMMAsolo will integrate into the association's digitization workflow to ingest audio and video tape assets and encode them to multiple formats simultaneously, while also analyzing content to ensure the quality of the migration.

Since 2007, FL@H has been working to digitize Madagascar's cinema, television, and radio recordings before they deteriorate to a point where they cannot be preserved. FL@H's founder, Monique Razafy Rahajarizafy, won the Best Archive @ Risk award at the 2010 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards for her preservation work.

"Saving the heritage is a very complex process that demands a whole range of technical, political, human, and financial resolutions," Rahajarizafy said. "If we don't do it, then whole chapters of this heritage will disappear in less than 10 years, leaving an irreparable void in our cultural identity. Front Porch Digital's SAMMAsolo system adds efficiencies that will allow us to make a significant stride forward in our effort."

The SAMMAsolo system will be installed in FL@H's facility in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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