PBCJ gets tech boost with South Korea’s help

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE PUB­LIC Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­maica (PBCJ) has ac­quired an op­ti­cal dig­i­tal archival sys­tem, which will en­able the agency to con­vert source ma­te­rial of ana­logue im­ages, sounds, and video record­ings to dig­i­tal for­mat.

The sys­tem, which was handed over dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Thurs­day at the PBCJ’s South Odeon Av­enue of­fices, was pur­chased at a cost of US$200,000 through sup­port from the govern­ment of the Repub­lic of South Korea.

In his re­marks, board chair­man of the PBCJ Gladstone Wil­son said the ac­qui­si­tion of the equip­ment would help in ar­chiv­ing the coun­try’s her­itage.


“This piece of equip­ment is sig­nif­i­cant, not only to Ja­maica, but to the Caribbean in this fast-mov­ing dig­i­tal age. It is re­ally quite en­cour­ag­ing to see that we can ac­com­mo­date such equip­ment,” Wil­son said.

He added that agen­cies such as the Cre­ative Pro­duc­tion and Train­ing Cen­tre, which has a great deal of cul­tural ma­te­rial, “will be able to store it here and be able to ac­cess it at a mo­ment’s no­tice”.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Dean-Roy Bernard, said the oc­ca­sion marks an­other mile­stone in the con­tin­u­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Govern­ments of Ja­maica and the Repub­lic of Korea.

“I am ad­vised that the Sony Op­ti­cal Disc Ar­chive Sys­tem be­ing pre­sented to­day is a con­tent-management sys­tem us­ing the lat­est in dig­i­tal-stor­age tech­nol­ogy. It al­lows for the preser­va­tion of con­tent, re­gard­less of the source or ori­gin, with a life ex­pectancy be­yond any­thing now in op­er­a­tion. This, again, is wel­come news, as, un­for­tu­nately, we have had to deal with the loss of vi­tal ma­te­rial for one rea­son or an­other,” Bernard said.

This piece of equip­ment is sig­nif­i­cant, not only to Ja­maica, but to the Caribbean, in this fast­mov­ing dig­i­tal age.

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