Groundbreaking Partnership with RTVC
In May 2018, Tropix was pleased to announce that our software development engineers had designed a customized access system for archives. This system allows the Tropix/RTVC teams to make a complete inventory of the archival material’s exact location throughout the country.
The new tool in the hands of technicians allows a description and a diagnosis of each element of archival material to be quickly recorded in a common database, creating a permanent record that details its format, condition, and any corrective action that must be taken before the digitization. A barcode is placed on each item, with a built-in GPS function that gives the exact location of each item at all times as it travels from their initial location to our Digitization Centre in Havana, and back to its original owner or owners. We are very excited about the development of these new tools and systems by our talented Cuban software developers and designers.
Tropix conducted a beta test of the Accessioning Tool. In early June 2018 we began to train five teams to be deployed across the country, to begin the arduous task of accessing and creating a permanent record of all the archival material that is now in local television centers, specialized libraries, radio stations, various institutions and private homes throughout the country.
In July 2017, Tropix organized a two-day conference for audiovisual and radio archivists, Cuban radio and television programmers, as well as engineers who would participate in the Tropix digitalization project. The conference was led by a leading company in Europe on large scale digitization projects. Tropix also commissioned this company to carry out a high-level inventory of Cuba’s archival material, which culminated in a detailed report on the state of preservation and status of Cuba’s archives, and included a review of all the formats that recorded footage had been found in Cuba.
In December 2017, Tropix acquired 135 audio and audiovisual recording and playback machines to digitize approximately 1,500 hours of programming files per day.