The BFI Digital Infrastructure Project puts Imagen at its Heart

- Enterprise Video Platform plays key role of Ovation Data’s successful bid -   Imagen Ltd’s Enterprise Video Platform is at the heart of a winning bid to manage the BFI (British Film Institute) film archive. As part of the BFI’s ‘Unlocking Film Heritage – Digital Infrastructure’ project, Imagen Enterprise Video Platform has been selected as the key piece of management software that will provide best in class preservation for the nation’s cultural assets. It also offers quick and easy access to all archived content whilst maintaining a high degree of protection and security.   The overall contract was won by Ovation Data which, as part of its bid, chose Imagen as the fully integrated capture, storage and preservation solution. The proposal presented a solution that ensures all data is preserved for the long term whilst still permitting ready access to the user community.   The Unlocking Film Heritage project aims to make the UK’s film heritage available for everyone to enjoy by investing in digitisation, preservation, interpretation and access. By 2017, the ambition for the project is to digitise 10,000 titles from the BFI National Archive and the UK’s regional Screen Archives and make the films accessible to the public. The Digitisation Fund has up to £5m over three years to support the digitisation of films from significant public and rights holders’ collections across the UK.   Tom Blake, Managing Director, Imagen Ltd, said, “The BFI’s film archive is precious beyond words, not only preserving the UK’s film history but also documenting our changing way of life since 1895. We are thrilled that Imagen will play a major part in enabling the BFI and the public to access the archive, some of which hasn’t been seen for decades.” Imagen’s sophisticated storage management system will allow the BFI to connect and archive its content on a range of cutting edge storage appliances – all selected for either long term preservation or fast access across its various sites. Staff at the BFI will be able to search the entire catalogue, review material via a secure and customisable website and request high resolution or original files – for reissue or licensing.   The Digital Infrastructure project brings together a wide range of technologies with Imagen at its heart, providing a central point for connectivity and management through its powerful API. The solution will include integration with technical partners File Catalyst for accelerated file transfer, Black Pearl for low-cost tape storage and management, and Isilon storage for fast access by the user community.  

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  About the BFI The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
The BFI is now a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.  

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