Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to lead a study that examined the challenges faced by media organizations in managing digital content - in particular digital archives.
The digital-revolution has brought many advantages to media organizations and content producers, but managing file-based workflows, and in particular digital archives - has proved difficult for smaller organizations.
As part of the study, I visited nine media organizations across Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Thailand. The executive summary of the report I produced on behalf of Internews can be read after the break (follow the 'Read more' link).
The complete report can be viewed online here at the Internews Web site. Special thanks to Susanne Weigand. Sue's literary genius transformed my choppy writing into the smooth and very readable document that's here now.
I’ve toyed with a few titles for this post, including - ‘My Kingdom for a Backslash’, or ‘Fish Don’t Know They’re in Water’. In the end I felt ‘The Long Road /home’ was the most fitting. This post is about my thoughts and experiences as a software developer, leading up to my use of Linux and building my first non-Microsoft based Web application.
In The Begining
I’m a non-CompSci grad - having started my academic life with a college diploma in biology (a Canadian community college is the equivalent to what would have been called a ‘polytechnic’ in the UK). After about four years of working as a laboratory assistant, I decided that biology wasn’t for me, and moved into IT. I started the hard-way – in PC support, and slowly worked my way up from there. I had a couple of lucky breaks along the way, which combined with a lot of work, meant that I was eventually able to pass for a ‘nearly’ competent IT professional.
I thought this was worth breaking my tech blog silence for.
I’ve been doing some research on storage options for a media company who are in desperate need of an easy-to-use, safe and large capacity storage solution. I spent the best part of a week looking at various offerings, when it became clear that LTO and LTFS were going to hit the sweet spot. The LTO specification is currently at LTO-5 – which provides 1.5 TB of uncompressed storage to the linear tape format and data transfer speeds of up to 140MB per second. Impressive.
I’ve been an IEEE and Computer Society member for a couple of years now. Trying to keep up with the IEEE publications along with my RSS Reader and tech news has been a challenge – so I’m sure I’ve missed some good stuff along the way.
UPDATE: 01/09/2008 - Met some people from Reuters at BarCamp Bangkok over the weekend. They were describing their frustration at having been forced to use SharePoint to build an external community and social networking site for financial analysts. I think I can see why they'd be frustrated with the choice.