IBC 2015: The Digital Production Partnership has used IBC as the venue for the launch of a new guide for the creation of digital media archives.

Described by the DPP as the most comprehensive guide yet, the DPP Guide to Digital Archiving is aimed at those looking to establish a digital archive for a company or organisation.

It builds on the DPP guide released at last year’s IBC, 10 Things You Need To Know About Digital Storage, and aims to cover all aspects of the archiving process, including curation, types of storage, issues of retrieval, preservation and security.

A range of experts from across the DPP’s membership have contributed to the guide. 

The lead authors were Steve Daly and Heather Powell, who have years of experience working with media archives.

“Never have we been so aware of how precious and rare good content is,’ said Daly, who is also head of technology for BBC Archives.

“To have a place where you can keep it safely, and retrieve it easily, feels extraordinarily empowering. But the process of creating such an archive can also feel daunting without the benefit of advice from those who have done it before.”

DPP managing director Mark Harrison (pictured) added: “It was inevitable that with the start of file delivery in the UK in 2014, there would come huge interest in how and where to keep those new digital assets.

“Our ‘10 Things’ guide helped people understand the basics. But The DPP Guide to Digital Archiving provides a definitive reference document for anyone undertaking the formidable task of creating a new digital archive.”

The DPP also announced that it has amassed more than 100 members from the whole media industry supply chain. The newest DPP members include Fujitsu, Arqiva, and Fremantle Media.

The DPP has also established partnerships with industry organisations, mostly recently SMPTE.

Other DPP announcements at IBC2015 included an update on the DPP’s partnership with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) to explore the implementation of common standards in North America, the announcement of a formal partnership with the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), and an insight into the new areas of DPP work over the next 12 months.