BFI announces investment to improve online access to archive

The British Film Institute (BFI) has awarded a contract worth between £800,000 and £1.175 million to EMC Computer Systems to improve online access to its collections and archives.

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The British Film Institute (BFI) has awarded a contract worth between £800,000 and £1.175 million to EMC Computer Systems to improve online access to its collections and archives.

Under the 'Delivering Digital Access' programme, which is part of BFI’s Screen Heritage (SHUK) programme, EMC is expected to enable high quality public access to the BFI National Archive, its National Collection and other television and film screen heritage collections in England.

EMC will provide system, storage, content management and software development services under the project, which is scheduled to be delivered by March 2011.

The SHUK programme is backed by a £25 million investment from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It aims to catalogue the UK’s screen heritage collections, digitise non-digital items, as well as make access to the collections widely available to the public.

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