Moving into Digital

Over the next ten years, the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse will convert more than 5,000 video tapes, which include events from its early history, into digital files.

The digital files will be “metatagged” to be easily searchable.

Video tapes degrade after 30 to 40 years, with magnetic particles flaking off their polyester base, says Jim Jorstad, director of academic technologies. “Many of the videotapes from our shelves haven’t been played in 10, 20, or 30 years,” he says. “Adding search capability creates a dynamic database for all our video, and that information can be priceless.”

The college will complete the project using Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Enterprise Video platform.