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New York PhilharmonicWhen I think of the New York Philharmonic, I think of Leonard Bernstein.  Now with the Philharmonic’s Digital Archives, I can also think of Alfresco.  When it comes to scalability, there is no better example of Alfresco’s value.

By the end of next year, the Philharmonic hopes to complete the first phase of its Digital Archive project which will make over 1.3 million pages of material from The International Era, 1943 to 1970, available online to anyone with access to a browser.  Using Alfresco as the content platform for the project, the repository will hold 10 million nodes comprising 5 TB of data, including 3,200 programs, 8,000 folders of business records, 4,200 glass lantern slides, 8,500 photographs and 72 scrapbooks of fragile press clippings.

Over the next 10 years, the Philharmonic plans to digitize its entire collection of 8 million pages of documents and 7,000 hours of audio visual material. When finished, the repository is expected to contain more than 2 petabytes of data and 160 years of archival information available for instant retrieval.

Digitizing millions of archival documents is no easy task and takes planning, organization and the right technology.  Open source technology offers the flexibility, scalability and affordability required for projects of this size and scope.  With the help of Alfresco partner, Technology Services Group (TSG), the Philharmonic has implemented a number of open source technologies to help streamline the digitization of documents while ensuring speedy delivery of content to the public site and for internal content proofing.

The sheer size of this Digital Archive demonstrates Alfresco’s ability to scale to meet any size project. There are few content platforms that can scale to this magnitude and offer a modern architecture that can be customized to meet an organization’s specific needs into the future.

Now when you think of the New York Philharmonic, you can think of Alfresco & TSG helping to preserve over 160 years of musical and cultural heritage for generations to come.  Check out the Digital Archive today at

Read the full case study about the New York Philharmonic project.

About the author

Todd Barr

Todd Barr is the CMO of Alfresco software. Todd has been marketing free and open source software for the last 10 years for companies and projects like Red Hat, JBoss, Ruby on Rails, FreePBX and now Alfresco.

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