Singapore firm to develop a computerised cataloguing system for the Hong Kong Film Archive

China, Nov 30, 1999

Public will have easy access to Jackie Chan's movies, among others, when 50,000 film clips and other related materials are digitised and stored in bilingual library

Ever wonder where to get pictures or newspaper clippings of your favourite movie stars in the fifties like Li Lihua or Ge Lan without searching through stacks of dusty newspapers or magazines? Or, would you like to relive the good old days when Jackie Chan fought for justice in ""Drunken Fists""? All these are now made possible with the new multimedia computerised library system which will be ready by next year. Commissioned by the Hong Kong Film Archive, this system will be developed by SCS Information Technology (HK) Limited, a subsidiary of Singapore Computer Systems Limited (SCS).

"Hong Kong, well-known as the Hollywood of the East, has a very rich history of film-making. By providing our expertise and knowledge in library system, we hope that film lovers and film scholars all over the world can access to this precious information easily using modern technologies," said Mr Stephen Yeo, President & CEO of SCS.

This library system, costing over HK$16m, will form a part of the Archive's On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) which is made accessible to the public in the future library research centre. Initiated in late 1997, the system is expected to complete in 2000. This massive and tedious project has indeed gained full support from the Hong Kong film industry. With the agreement of some major film organisations and film personalities, the system will house over 50,000 film items which include still pictures, film clips and other film materials. These materials are made easy for retrieval by the public.

Working closely with the Hong Kong Film Archive, IT experts from SCS (HK) will design and install this system with all the information resources being computerised. It will definitely be a great challenge for SCS (HK) to develop this system as it will be one of Asia's most ambitious bilingual systems. The Archive's needs are very different from ordinary libraries. This whole system not only must take into account two languages but also different set-ups and needs of the various sections such as research and conservation. With the availability of this systematic and yet interactive database, film enthusiasts and students can view these precious materials for study and research.

Computerisation of the Archive Film Library:

The development of this multimedia bilingual computerised library system involves the tapping of resources from staff of the Hong Kong Film Archive and SCS (HK)'s computer experts. The objectives of this project are:
1. Design an effective Chinese-English cataloguing system, covering all aspects of the Archive's collections.
2. Supply an accurate and comprehensive library system, complete with digitised functions of moving and still pictures to facilitate research.
3. Supply online services to the public to retrieve textual materials and images for research and study purposes.

Released on November 30, 1999.

For enquiries, please contact:
Jeannie Ong
Head, Corporate Communications (Singapore)
Singapore Computer Systems Limited
Tel: 240 3826
Fax: 240 3104
Email: ongbkj@scs.com.sg

About SCS

Singapore Computer Systems (SCS) is the IT arm of SembCorp Industries, an engineering and technology services group with three core businesses: infrastructure, marine engineering and information technology. SCS is a premier IT service provider with key competencies in IT Consulting, Systems Integration, Outsourcing, Networking, E-Commerce and R&D/Product Development. Other services include design and implementation, business recovery services, provision of a wide range of computer hardware and software through systems integration and many more. Incorporated in 1980, SCS, which started off from a humble outfit of 20 pioneers, has developed into a premier provider of IT services in the Asia Pacific region with a staff strength of more than 1,900 employees constituting a wide range of expertise and competencies. SCS has also established strong international links through a network of overseas subsidiaries, joint ventures and representative offices. Currently, SCS has operations in Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and the United States of America. The company's website is http://www.scs.com.sg.

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