The latest generation of archive and digital asset management solution
Today, saving, documenting and sharing the digital heritage of an institution is an active preservation process which both protects and highlights our heritage... Yesterday, we focused on organizing and preserving physical collections... Digital collection management is now the logical next step. And any person in charge of managing a collection has faced this twofold problem: digitally managing both physical and digital collections, and every digital document attached to these collections.
But this ambition is not limited to data storage. Intellectual and physical descriptions of objects, conservation methods, movement management, locating, indexing... These functionalities are shared between collection managers in a collaborative and controlled way, which implies a specific approach according to the type of collection managed... With notably a quick access to documents, publication (online access, sharing and consultation)... and as a background, the necessary aspect of copyright management related to the artworks publication...
The digital object then introduces new perspectives regarding usage. SKINsoft research and development laboratory understood it very early, and installed a powerful digital data and media management module within their softwares, 10 years ago: SKINdam. Today, thanks to numerous collaborations with institutions managing multifaceted collections, museums, libraries, archives, multimedia libraries, film libraries, companies, private sectors... it features professional processes dedicated to digital collections.
Transcoding, digital watermarking, 2d or 3d file resizing, video, audio, storage servers, LTO magnetic tape storage... SKINsoft knows all the different shapes that collections can take, and its tools are designed to preserve and manage them.
The subject evolves very quickly, as well as the file formats. The vocabulary itself is to be reinvented... the words “media”, “archives”, “digital objects” are used to qualify a variety of very different objects: films, audio recordings, literary works, photographies, technical or administrative documents... standardized files for 2d and 3d documents, or images and sounds sequences..., IT files with different origins, linked to external applications... etc.
Today, the kind of institution that manages the widest range of digital objects - the most pertinent laboratory - is probably the film library, which includes both physical and digital objects, as well as diverse collections: projectionist equipments, photographic film, video films, contemporary (digital) films in DCP, DPX..., physical and digital library work..., historical archives..., photography collections... etc. SKINsoft has a strong expertise and collaborates with the Swiss Film Archive, one of the largest film libraries in the world... A very important historical collection, which is enriched everyday... today mostly with digital data! This savoir-faire developed through experiences means that SKINsoft has the solution to all kinds of issues regarding archiving and digital collection management, whether they are simple or complex.
The functional module SKINdam enables users to document and manage all digital media, regardless of their format. Designed to meet the needs of companies and institutions, SKINdam facilitates shared access to media, while guaranteeing longevity. This module is autonomous and is included in all the applications developed by SKINsoft.