Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?






The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1


If yes



In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing


The PRIME project aims at building a framework to realize a digital preservation of highly-interactive multimedia works (such as large live-electronics compositions or pieces of installations). The framework will allow both the preservation and archival of gestural and expressive information (as well as other more conventional multimedia data), and the “embodied rendering” of such events. The idea of the framework comes out from the long experience of the proponent, the CSC, in recovering, restoring and archiving in a digital format different multimedia contents and especially audio sources from the various world of different supports (gramophone and vinyl records, old magnetic tapes, floppy disks, etc.) and the need of preserving precious artistic contributions form the damages due to inadequate storage or simply the aging of e.g. magnetic supports. This need has been shown by many national archives and local archives very rich in terms of material and, at the same time, vulnerable from the preservation viewpoint.

The long in house work already performed by CSC (among the biggest archives in World) and in collaboration with several archives in EU, allowed to develop a lot of algorithms, methods and hardware setups able to cover most of the issues relate to recovery and preservation of multimedia contents. To build a framework means to harmonize, integrate and group existing “tools” under a usable and customizable computer interface in conjunction with the necessary hardware. That will make CSC knowledge usable by e.g. other archives.

The status of testing activity related to single components of the framework is very advanced since the components have been largely used in many different archives. The framework itself doesn’t exist yet and thus it’s not tested at all.



1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The use in about 20 different cases of the basic components of the future framework offered a good level of validation and very satisfactory results.




If no:



Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?




1d. What is the time needed for testing?
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The development team need to be helped with the activity for a total of 24 man months of a senior software engineer to allow the construction and the test of the software interface connecting all the components in a system, the framework.


What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Technical issues are mostly related with software development, porting of existing software, development of drivers for specific hardware, multi-platform issues (Mac/Windows/Linux).


What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
The product is a system that, in most cases, requires to be configured or specialized to a certain archive and, in that case, an analysis and probably some extra development may be necessary. In the simple cases the analysis could be made in some days, special cases may require a maximum of 2 months.




Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
Looking to the single components of the system the stage of development is very advanced (the components are also validated over a wide range of test cases). The implementation of the “glue” software is still to be done but that is not a critical issue in the path to the product.

SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The production is not targeted to a mass market (the system is targeted to e.g. archives).

In any case, main components are PCs (equipped with big amount of mass memory) specific hardware related to the use of particular types of multimedia support.




  • technologies, tools, machineries
Commercial of the shelf (COTS) components in the category of electronic equipments are envisaged in the system.




  • Staff effort
The staff effort is related to the COTS integration and test in addition to a customization phase made for each customer.




SECTION 4: Overall Assessment



What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
In synthesis, provided the resources mentioned at point 2a, the confidence about feasibility is high since the scientific contributions have are deeply tested and the effort is mostly on the need to make them integrated and usable.









Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far       X  
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage       X  
Overall technical feasibility         X




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