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Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Digitization

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Digitization

Digitization is a necessity today – both for restoring and making it searchable. Be it physical libraries or digital media, media organizations and content owners are investing in digitization and archiving of legacy content. Organizations often spend hours in recreating or searching for content that already exists. Aged and untreated content, discounting metadata, and not choosing the right storage solution often takes a hit on the broadcasters.

While you’re oblivious, artificial intelligence (AI) is changing this scenario. Think of personalized playlists on YouTube or Spotify or recommendations on Netflix and Amazon Prime; broadcasters are using AI to curate a selection of tailormade content.

Few weeks after Donald Trump was elected, the Internet Archive’s TV News Archive aggregated more than 520 hours of televised Trump speeches, debates, interviews, and other broadcasts way back from 2009. Thanks to the Trump Archive, the footage doesn’t get lost in the crowd of news giving journalists, scholars and citizens a chance can track and analyze Trump’s statements on public policy issues.

Netflix claims to save about US$1bn annually due to AI technology’s ability to automate workflows and reduce customer churn.

After Wimbledon 2017, IBM Watson used a cognitive algorithm to produce highlight reels of what it believed were the best shots of the tournament. By automatically analyzing audio and video from the footage to identify highlight worthy shots and points, artificial intelligence saved hundreds of manhours of editors.

Here are five ways in which artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way we archive, process, and store documents and extract information out of it.

Automated processing

Optical character recognition can recognize texts. AI can additionally read, classify, and automate workflows based on that information in minutes. Initially fed with a set of rules, AI uses machine learning to improve its identification and processing capabilities.

Data extraction

Data extraction reaches a whole new level with AI-powered document management system, which can accurately read the information and understand the context.

Document clustering

AI can also group unclassified documents based on topics, which can help organizations understand the documents within a larger context, find resemblances, and draw conclusions that would otherwise be time-consuming or impossible.

Advanced security

Document management system powered by AI can help impose user access. By using secure biometric techniques like facial recognition to identify employees who can access the data, it can prevent unauthorized viewing or alteration of documents.

Data analytics

Cognitive platforms as a service (PaaS) like Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services and IBM Watson apply techniques like predictive analytics, machine learning, and data visualization to analyze the collected data to improve decision making.

The way ahead…

At IBC2017, for the first time, AI was one of the main themes, which speaks loads about its adoption. Recently, a company named Ripcord has patented and built robots to scan and sort a box full of paper from business cards to legal documents and enter the contents into a searchable database in the cloud. As AI adoption across industries is increasing, we can only hope to see better and faster analysis, and improved decision making across the broadcast industry.

The Comeback of the Vinyl Records,Thanks to Digital Archiving

The Comeback of the Vinyl Records,Thanks to Digital Archiving

As sunshine peeped through the window today morning, Larry smiled. A long lost smile for the 70-year old gentleman, whose children have moved to greener pastures to pursue their dreams. What remains now is eternal wait – wait for Christmas and Easter holidays, when his big mansion turns to a home.

However, today’s sunshine has a different story to share. Story of a different comeback is waiting for Larry. No, not of his children. But of his passion. Today is Saturday. And Larry is excited to watch Vinyl, which will be aired on television in sometime.

A series that made Larry nostalgic and excited like a child simultaneously. That made him travel back 40 years. And he suddenly started living it all in flashback.

A banker in the prime of youth, Larry was passionate about music. Every day, before numbers and finances took control of his day, he had 30 minutes for himself. 30-minutes of absolute bliss, when, as sunshine peeped through the window, he would close his eyes enjoying Earl Grey tea as Beethoven played in his record player. Those 30-minutes of uninterrupted solitude.

Then one day, the record player broke. Leaving him with “can’t be repaired” from technicians and thousands of favorite vinyl records. And a void that his family failed to understand. Except his grandson Alan.

Alan was browsing through Larry’s collection of records one afternoon and was intrigued by his rare collection. His excitement was answered by a proud smile from Larry. And the 70-year old found camaraderie in his teenage grandson.

It was Alan who gave him the idea to digitize his collection. “It’s easy Grandpa, they’ll just convert it and give it in a USB for storage. And then you can listen to your collection anytime you want, from anywhere,” Alan said.

Alan’s easy solution seemed like a dream come true. Couple of store visits later, he realized his records can be converted to high-resolution audio files, and he can carry them anywhere. The age of technology, he smiled to himself. Who knew he can enjoy the authentic sound of vinyl, with all its warmth and smoothness, anytime and anywhere with digital convenience.

 As Larry savored his morning tea, the sunshine made him happy. His plan for the day is already made. His favorite show on television, a date with the past, and then he would head to the store to get the means to digitize his prized collection.

And then, his 40-year old morning routine would resume. Thanks to digital archiving!

It is indeed a bright sunny Saturday morning!