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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR ANALYSIS Apologies for all the ‘standards’ talk this month but it is summer so, like hay fever and disappointing weather in the UK, there is a lot of it about. The SMPTE has announced that its Archive eXchange Format (AXF) standard, published in 2014, has been formally adopted. This is a signiﬁcant marker in a road that started back in 2006 when the SMPTE AXF working group was formed. Its goal back then was to develop an open-standard method for addressing the challenges of long-term, ﬁle-based storage and preservation while allowing compliant applications to interchange complex assets and metadata as well as associated storage media. AXF was eventually formulated as a wrapper, or container, capable of holding unlimited collections of ﬁles and metadata related to one another in any combination. CONTENT MANAGEMENT SGL will use IBC to introduce FlashNet Lite, an entry-level software application that provides the full FlashNet experience but is restricted to a single server node. The manufacturer will also give a European debut to the Inﬁnity User Interface and showcase support for reading and restoring from SMPTE’s Archive eXchange Format (AXF). SGL’s FlashNet content management technology is designed to work with MAM or automation control systems to improve workﬂow efﬁciency without intruding on a user’s familiar desktop. sglbroadcast.com Known as “AXF Objects,” such containers can package, in different ways, all the speciﬁc information that different kinds of systems would need to restore content data by any AXF-aware system. In April this year Oracle (who bought Front Porch Digital) and Digital Preservation Laboratories became the ﬁrst vendors to successfully and independently exchange SMPTE standard AXF Objects created by their respective storage management applications. This open and independent interchange marks a major milestone in the long history of AXF. S. Merrill Weiss, chair of the SMPTE Working Group on Archive eXchange Format and SMPTE Fellow, had this to say: “This landmark in standards implementation is exciting not only because it illustrates the value of SMPTE’s ongoing standards work, but also because it validates many organisations’ decisions to move forward using AXF to future-proof their media archives.” Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? STANDARDS The SMPTE has announced that its Archive eXchange Format (AXF) standard, published in 2014, has been formally adopted. The standard will help support the transparent and independent exchange of complex ﬁle-based assets and metadata between storage management applications from different vendors. Oracle and Digital Preservation Laboratories were the ﬁrst vendors to successfully and independently exchange SMPTE standard AXF Objects created by their respective storage management applications. smpte.org 16 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016