‘Broad adoption’ for Front Porch Digital’s AXF

Front Porch Digital reports that its ‘fully storage-agnostic’ Archive eXchange Format (AXF) open-archiving technology is seeing broad adoption among archivists and media organisations around the world. Distinguished deployments for the technology include Laboratoire Éclair, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG), Danish Film Institute and Swedish Film Institute, while AXF is also experiencing support from Spectra Logic and integration with Sony’s Optical Disc Archive technology.

AXF is integrated into DIVArchive V7.0, the latest generation of Front Porch Digital’s CSM system. To ensure wider accessibility, Front Porch Digital has also released stand-alone tools such as AXF Explorer that allow access to AXF packages and media without the need for DIVArchive.

Brian Campanotti, chief technology office of Front Porch Digital, comments: “Our aim in developing AXF was to support interoperability among disparate digital-content storage systems and ensure the content’s long-term availability no matter how technology evolves. The fact that these organizations and others have embraced AXF puts it well on the way to achieving critical mass and becoming the industry standard for long-term preservation and storage of media assets. In fact, the AXF standardisation effort is nearing completion within SMPTE and we expect ratification this year.”

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