The concept of digital archiving is fairly new and yet to gain so much acceptance in the media industry. The most people are accustomed to the application and the use of the video conferencing systems that have gained acceptance due to their unique and integrated features such as compatibility and faster modes of communication. Today, teleconferencing is widely applied and used in the business circles, education, personal communication, and government activities. However, digital archiving provides a paradigm shift to new ways of data and media application as well as the storage of information for retrieval. This essay will examine an article on “archiving system mechanism” and how it has improved the modes of communication.
The article titled “MCS: archiving system mechanism,” written by Husein et al. (2012), focuses on the positive attributes of digital archiving. It is true that the traditional forms of multimedia conference system or video conferencing as they are widely known lack the necessary archiving system. As a result, the weakness of such teleconferencing systems is the inability to store session data and retrieve it at a later date. However, teleconferencing still remains popular because it provides a possibility for a group of people to communicate and share ideas on a real-time basis using different platforms or classroom models. Another key advantage is that teleconferencing enables participants from different geographical locations to communicate real-time, share files, transact business deals and make groups for effective communication at work.
After reading the article by Husein et al. (2012), I have learned that the teleconferencing mode of communication was originally designed to fit in the existing LAN and WAN environments. Furthermore, most of the multimedia conferencing systems are software based and also make use of non-proprietary hardware, thus making it easy to use any multimedia PC and turn it into an MCS client. However, today, the concept of digital archiving has led to the use of the RSW (Real time switching) control protocols aimed at enhancing the efficiency of multimedia conferencing systems. Since most of the multimedia teleconferencing systems lack the capability of recording and storing sessions to be replayed later, the RSW control protocol provides the facilitation and mechanisms of restoring sessions, which is a fundamental improvement in the media industry.
I have also discovered that the RSW (Real time switching) was designed to address pertinent issues, namely to address and avoid the confusion that occurs when many people are conversing at the same time as well as reduce the network traffic and congestion during the teleconferencing. However, the most interesting aspect of the article is how it refers to the issue of the digital archiving system. Due to the importance and significance of indexing files and transferring data, digital archiving provides an easy way of managing and coordinating useful information. Excellent examples of archiving systems as explained in the article include the Acrobat Connect and the Digital Classroom. For instance, through the application of digital archiving in a classroom scenario, students can archive their multimedia information and any other activity, which can be reviewed later for discussion purposes. Furthermore, on the platform of Acrobat Connect, the concept of digital archiving provides the participants with the capability to archive their meeting and access other vital components through the web.
Digital archiving has also been used to handle all the actions of the clients in teleconferencing operations. In such contexts, people are able to share videos, chats, and exchange files using the RSW (Real time switching) control protocol. In so doing, the digital archiving process works in three different ways:
- Interweaving between the archiving server and the RSW.
- The archiving system module.
- The archiving data mechanism.
After an in-depth analysis, I have also learned that for the archiving system to work effectively, the participants need to have unique passwords to be used for login sessions. This is important because the logins provide an authorization process and participants are allowed to create conference groups. Once the requests have been granted, the teleconferencing can begin, and the sessions are automatically saved. The uniqueness of the digital archiving approach is that the storage of data is used, large file (as developed by Microsoft), which automatically creates a copy, and the buffering of the data are saved on the auto-retrieved files. Another unique and useful aspect of the digital archiving platform is that it is equipped with a backup or the FTP protocol which guards against the destruction of data.
The article on digital archiving is quite informative on the progress and developments that have happened since the era of teleconferencing began. I have discovered that with digital archiving, the concept of teleconferencing has been improved to encompass the creation and sharing of sessions through the RSW(Real time switching) control protocols. Besides, the development of an archiving server assists in the storage of session media data during the multimedia conference systems and the transferring of data between the participants.