IBA archives may be sent to Harvard for digital processing

September 17, 2007 23:48

Few things are as valuable to any nation as its history. Some 40 years of Israel's history are contained in the Israel Television archives. As tomorrow's technology becomes today's, yesterday's technology becomes obsolete. Thus the quality of this important archive material is deteriorating as time passes. To preserve this documented evidence of the development of the nation, the Israel Broadcasting Authority had hoped to digitalize literally millions of feet of historic footage - but no processing company in Israel is willing to take on the job. The IBA is meanwhile looking for alternatives and is considering sending the material to Harvard University, which has the state-of-the-art facilities required for the task. Local history buffs need not be worried that something so precious might be lost in transit. The IBA will send only copies to Harvard or elsewhere. The original material will remain here. Meanwhile, until the IBA begins the implantation of its reforms, and in conjunction with the Treasury and the Prime Minister's Office determines its budget, no decision can be taken with regard to the archives.

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