Sonuma, the Society for the Digitalization and Commercialization of Audiovisual Archives, was created in 2009 by the French Community of Belgium (located in the Walloon region), and the Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) (the national television broadcasting company). As a subsidiary of RTBF, with the goal to implement an infrastructure dedicated to the preservation, digitization, and commercialization of RTBF’s audiovisual archives, Sonuma became the owner of all RTBF’s audiovisual archives. Part of its agreement states that the archives are to be made available to the RTBF, free of charge.
Sonuma was looking for a robust storage solution that would enable it to store its digital archive that includes 120,000 hours of content from a variety of media, as well as support future digital archive growth. The solution also needed to support the organization’s goal of preserving, managing, and commercializing this content. With Oracle’s StorageTek SL3000, Sonuma has digitized thousands of hours of content while providing additional storage space for future additions to the library. In addition, with the help of Oracle partner Netia, the organization created a Web portal to facilitate journalist access to this content.
Netia, a leading provider of software solutions for audiovisual content management, deployed its content management system, Hypercast Warehouse, which provides tools for content packaging, metadata tagging, and rights management.