In 1992 public broadcasters in Germany started to describe the needs for computer-based audio archives. They had to take into account a very special situation, e.g., the need of a rather strong cooperation among so many different broadcasters and the large amount of audio carriers in their archives. Certain commitments were made regarding audio and related data formats, the types of data carrier within the mass-storage system and the exchange of archive content between the broadcasters. Chances and limits for the integration of digital audio carriers, such as CD and DAT, within computer-based archives were discussed, along with the strategies for safe operation as well as high availability and aspects of content protection.
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