International and local research shows there is a high degree of risk to the longevity of any collection materials recorded on analogue magnetic media. Without immediate and ongoing action, large components of the AIATSIS audiovisual collection are likely to be un-playable in the near future.
AIATSIS has an ethical imperative to appropriately resource the migration of these endangered recordings to digital formats while it is still possible. The AIATSIS Audiovisual Archive has actively been undertaking digitisation, which is world’s best practice for heritage collection preservation.
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