The preparation for this project has been going on for a while now and started with the research of our intern Amanda in autumn 2018. She for example investigated the way in which our partners could recognize different formats. Round, shiny discs obviously all look alike. We got a taste during digitisation project 2 – the current project is partly a continuation with a remainder of audio-CD-R – but in digitisation project 9 regarding CD and DVD, we learned a lot more about these unique carriers.
The key to this project is not the form of the carrier, but the form of the signal. CD, audio-CD-R, DVD, DVD-R and their variants all have a digital signal. This means that they are not digitised as such, but rather that their content is transferred to a sustainable file format; a digital transfer, so to speak.
80 of our content partners are registering their optical drives as we speak. We estimate that there will be about 1.600 CD-R and variants. There will be about 5.000 CD discs (CD-DA to be precise) and 8.000 DVD(-R) and variants. Meanwhile, we’re going over the final details with digitisation partner Picturae who surfaced as a partner after the tender procurement. Mid-August 2019, the first discs will be transported to the Netherlands. After a thorough test and pilot phase, this first batch of discs will be migrated during the production stage. In November 2019, the next shipment carriers from our partners will depart. We are planning to complete this digital transfer of optical drives by the end of 2020.