SONUMA opens up new pathways for Belgian national radio and TV archive with NETIA Media Asset Management solution

sonuma2CLARET, France - Aug. 31, 2012 - SONUMA, the subsidiary of Belgium's RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone) responsible for the digitization and commercialization of audiovisual archives, has given new life to the broadcaster's archives using the NETIA Media Asset Management System (MAM). Since its installation of the NETIA system in 2011, SONUMA has digitized a substantial proportion of RTBF's 120,000-hour radio and television archive, giving the broadcaster's journalists, columnists, and technicians a far deeper and richer resource to use in their work.

SONUMA uses NETIA MAM not only to preserve and manage RTBF's legacy of content on a variety of media, including VCR tape, DAT tape, LP, MD, 16mm film, and even 78rpm vinyl, but also to provide fine-grained access to the library for the hundreds of RTBF journalists who use it to enhance their daily output. To achieve the detailed and precise metadata structure required, SONUMA incorporated a range of metadata sources and formats, using NETIA MAM to overhaul the existing thesaurus and build in the facility for multilevel, multicriteria searches.

sonuma"Our archive is a real goldmine, stretching back more than 80 years of radio and nearly 60 years of television, but digitizing all that material to preserve it for posterity is only part of the challenge. A critical part of the project is to provide high-quality access to it for the journalists and staff," said Eric Denis, IT manager at SONUMA. "The more sophisticated and powerful the search criteria you build in, the better use your people can make of your priceless assets."

NETIA MAM provides a high degree of workflow automation in ingest, metadata logging, and output to streamline the process initiated when an item is ordered in a specific format. These automated processes have allowed SONUMA and RTBF to achieve highly efficient delivery of archived media to the company's partner news organizations. The broadcaster's website provides the general public with selections from the archive representing the history of radio and television in French-speaking Belgium, with a workflow that enables journalists to select the chosen material using the NETIA media asset management (MAM) module, provide a short summary and then post the content online.


sonuma2 mediumThe NETIA MAM organizes SONUMA's media management processes, harmonizes exchanges between different applications, handles prioritization across the system, and automates content distribution processes. To streamline content delivery itself, the NETIA MAM provides tools for content packaging, metadata tagging, and rights management, with workflow supervision guiding these processes. The system is fully integrated with RTBF's newsroom systems to provide journalists, directors, and producers with ready access to SONUMA's archived media.

"An archive of material that covers such a long period of broadcasting is a valuable historical resource in itself, and making it accessible to today's journalists and broadcasters gives fascinating new depth to the programs made today," said NETIA. "With the detailed metadata structure SONUMA has been able to create with NETIA MAM, RTBF's journalists can now do more creative and informative work than ever before."


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