"A lot of it requires cleaning and conservation prior to processing, which is very time consuming and there's a pretty tight specification around the creation and inclusion of additional metadata for the collection," Kelly said. "It's not one of our biggest projects, but we get a real buzz and benefit out of the social good that comes from our work too.
"Ultimately this part of the Nelson Mandela archive will be made available to the public once we complete our work. They'll be able to stream video material to schools and educational institutions globally."
Last year, the Australian National Film and Sound Archives released a paper, Deadline2025, pointing to a very short window in which digitisation of any magnetic media collection can be completed, before there will not be enough replay devices (videotape and audiotape players) available to make it economically viable.
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