Make Your Archives Available. How Difficult Can It Be?
Living in the digital age has brought an expectation that information is available to us any place, anytime, anywhere and preferably free of charge. The consumption of media is no different we want access to photographs, music, film, radio and television ideally of any era. Being able to passively consume it is no longer enough we want to be able to share it, edit it re-use it. Broadcasting has changed hugely in the last 10 years and our consumption of radio and television no longer just happens through the radio and the TV. Broadcasters now make their content available in a variety of ways, catch up players, video on demand, podcasts and streamed media are used to make content available. RTÉ a public service broadcaster in radio since 1926 and television since 1962 has built up a considerable record of Irish life. RTÉ has a stated ambition to open up these archives. This brings a number of challenges. The archives of public service archives are not usually public facing. The primary function of these archives is to serve programme makers. In this presentation I would like to explore some of these challenges of meeting the expectations of the digital age and show RTÉ Archives has begun to try and begin to open access to its collections. I would also like to ask how the academic community and broadcast archives might benefit from understanding the needs of each other.
Liam Wylie is the content producer for RTÉ Archives where he is responsible for the website http://www.rte.ie/archives. He has worked as a film and television archivist and is a former head of collections at the Irish Film Archive. Through his own production company Red Lemonade Productions he has independently produced and directed archive based documentaries for RTÉ television. Liam Wylie has a BA in Communication Studies from Dublin City University and an MSc in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College Dublin.