The Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) project is meant to rescue as many of those precious recordings as possible. Announced by IU President Michael A. McRobbie in October 2013, MDPI is charged with digitally preserving and providing access to all significant audio, video, and film recordings on all IU campuses by the IU Bicentennial in 2020.
MDPI has partnered with Memnon Archiving Services, a Sony company, to help with the gargantuan task. Memnon performs the lion's share of the digitization using parallel transfer workflows, where one operator simultaneously digitizes multiple recordings. IU has a smaller digitization facility to handle fragile formats and problem items using a 1:1 workflow. For film, Memnon is digitizing all selected reels. IU has an additional post-production and restoration suite to carry out specialized work for screenings, exhibits, and special events. Both groups work out of the Innovation Center on the Bloomington campus.
MDPI requires a massive group effort and dedicated funding from all over the university. Funding comes from the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Additional funding and in-kind contributions come from the IU Libraries, University Information Technology Services (UITS), and media-holding units.