Tera, Peta, Exa… and Beyond:
Long-time Preservation of Digital Heritage

We have organised an intensive Summer School on technical issues about the long-term preservation of the digital heritage. It will take place from 10 to 14 August 2009. It will be hosted by our company reto.ch Ltd in Ecublens (near Lausanne, Switzerland) and the course will be held mainly on our premises.

The aim of the Summer School is to provide an intensive one-week training course for audio-visual archivists from all over the world who have some experience. Instruction will be provided by various specialists in a pleasant learning environment. The Summer School will supplement professional instruction with social events and local sight-seeing excursions. We have worked out a detailed course programme, including lectures, training sessions, workshops, demonstrations and course-related visits. A full programme summary will be sent to all applicants upon acceptance into the Summer School.

There are 12 student positions available. The fee for the one-week course is CHF 2 500 and covers accommodation (six nights from 9 to 15 August 2009), course-related visits, most meals and all training. Travel costs to and from Switzerland are not covered. Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st April 2009.

You are invited to submit an on-line application on behalf of yourself or members of your staff. If there are more applicants than places available, then a selection will be made; if there are fewer applicants than places available, then we will seek qualified participants from a wider field.

Draft Programme

Monday 10
  • Digital Audio
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Opening Night Reception
Tuesday 11
  • Quality Control Workshop
  • Visit of a Broadcast Station
Wednesday 12
  • Building the Digital Archive #1: Technology
  • Building the Digital Archive #2: Preservation vs Access
  • Building the Digital Archive #3: Preservation Metadata
  • Building the Digital Archive #4: Workflow and Management
  • Screening Night on HD Flavours: 720p/50, 720p/60, 1080i/50 and 1080i/60 with Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 – and 1.0
Thursday 13
  • Advanced Data Migration and Munging Workshop
  • Visit of an Archive
Friday 14
  • Building the Digital Archive #5: Security Issues
  • Building the Digital Archive #6: Best Practices and/or Cookbook
  • Open Forum
  • Boat Trip on the Lake of Geneva and Closing Night Reception