University of Southern California Selects Imagen To Provide Hosted MAM Services for Digital Repository

Imagen, the digital archive management specialist, announced today that the University of Southern California Digital Repository (USCDR) has selected Imagen to provide fully-hosted media asset management for its customers. The USC’s Digital Repository service provides commercial and not-for-profit organisations with best-in-class operational and technical procedures for the long-term preservation of media assets. The availability of Imagen on the USCDR’s world-leading infrastructure completes a full end-to-end solution as customers are now able to access their archives through a fully customised web portal. According to USC Digital Repository Executive Director and USC Libraries Associate Dean, Sam Gustman, “Imagen will help us deliver a flexible SaaS service for those needing content management, as well as our other cloud archive services, which range from digitisation and cataloging to long term digital preservation.” Tom Blake, Managing Director, Imagen Ltd, said, “Some of the world’s most renowned brands are looking to the USC’s Digital Repository to store historically significant archives. Imagen allows these digital archives to be accessed and enjoyed via a simple web-interface. Depending on the nature of the content this also allows new business models to emerge, generating revenues which will ultimately fund the archives long term survival.” As an example, using Imagen the USCDR is playing host to an exciting new academic resource, “ScreenAcademy”, an online digital library of contemporary and historical archive footage and images that is available to students and staff at subscribing educational establishments. The archive, which will continue to grow organically, currently includes over 100 years of news, science, history, politics, geography, environment, arts and more from the Reuters news reel archive, British Movietone, SciencePhoto Library and Absolutely Wild Visuals. The footage on the site is completely cleared for use by students, faculty and staff of subscribing educational establishments, enabling them to download videos, create clips and compile collections for presentations and digital coursework, in the class room, lecture hall or for home study.

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