Future-proofing the Montreux Jazz digital archive by devising and implementing a strategy to sustain it on a long-term basis. A migration to new media platforms is estimated every 5-7 years to keep up with technological trends.
It is very important to build archives, which can evolve with technological changes without becoming obsolete in 10 years. Digital tapes have a life span of over 30 years, but it is much lower for most reading equipment (7-10 years). There is no perfect solution that exists today. Until new technologies are available, data transfer onto new LTO tapes will take place with video transcoding if required.
Fortunately, the disk-based infrastructure provided by Amplidata will help to simplify the process of tape migration because many operations will be automatized. The tape technology used at the beginning of the project in 2011 is already in its late stage (LTO4). The new “two generations after” solution is now being used at EPFL (LTO6). It has been introduced in January 2015 for new transfers.
The Claude Nobs Foundation plays a key role in the long-term preservation strategy of the Montreux Jazz Festival archive.