Today, the focus of audiovisual archives is shifting towards a digital future. Digitisation is being employed as a method by which works currently preserved on fragile analogue technologies such as tape can be more effectively preserved in the digital domain. Clients seek access to collections via digital delivery, consequently audiovisual archives need to either enhance existing management systems or install new systems altogether. In addition the management of both the content and metadata is becoming increasingly complex as the transition from physical analogue formats, to a plethora of digital formats, becomes a necessity to fulfil access requirements.
Mediaflex-UMS manages analogue and digital content in a single system. Governance and auditing are managed across the collections via accessioning, deaccessioning and other curatorial workflows in support of the organisation's collections management policy. Mediaflex-UMS includes a flexible and user configurable hierarchical data model with user configurable extensions to support the considerable needs of collections for descriptive, technical, structural and administrative metadata.