When the National Collegiate Sports Archive (NCSA) contacted us about migrating and housing their assets, our internal discussions led back to a single question:
“So they want us to scan through hours and hours of Southeast Conference football footage?”
In the past, we have encountered instances in which our stakeholders were faced with countless conversion, storage and metadata questions. But on this project, the simple mention of SEC football quelled all concerns. We were all-in.
NCSA needed an archival storage and asset management system for their media hub and legacy sports media collections. Our background with preserving history, coupled with the ability to package the industry leading Crawford Engage asset management platform, made it an ideal pairing for both parties.
Once we dug into the assets sent over for migration, we uncovered some of the most memorable moments in SEC history. Tim Tebow, Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith … countless extraordinary players doing exemplary things on the gridiron. Sure, ESPN Classic brought archived sports to the masses. But this was different. Raw and sometimes forgotten footage brought the greats of yesterday back to life right in front of us.
Making the digital assets available was seamless thanks to the Engage platform. Our migration team catalogued the digital files into the web-based Engage. This made it easy for the NCSA to find and access all the various elements of their library.
The newly organized and available resources made it easy for NCSA to transition the assets into collection-based content libraries. Currently available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play are the NCSA vaults: The UGA Vault, The Florida Vault and The Auburn Vault.
The apps now give fans the classic footage they want. With hours and hours of never before seen game films, interviews, and documentary short films featuring former coaches and players, the NCSA Vaults are sure to keep fans entertained long after the conclusion of the football season.
NCSA provides management of historical content for a growing list of Universities including University of Georgia, University of Florida, and Auburn University. They are poised to add several new schools to their offering in 2016.