The HistoryMakers, a group that archives videotaped African-American oral history, has selected Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA Solo system to migrate some 8000 hours of irreplaceable archived interviews from videotape to secure, readily accessible digital storage.
The HistoryMakers was founded in 1999 and its archive is now part of the Illinois State Library system. The oldest person represented in the archive is 106 years old, and the youngest is 29. The SAMMA Solo was delivered in December, and plans are for the project to begin in March. The SAMMA Solo automates repetitive processes and incorporates advanced signal analysis to perform much of the evaluation, monitoring and documenting, so any problems with the videotape can be identified and corrected with little or no staff time.