Annual Report 2011: Technology & Operations

In 2011, BAVC made a strategic decision to merge the technology and operations functions of the organization, delivering streamlined infrastructure and cohesive decision making for all facilities and technology related issues. 2011 also brought the conclusion of a year-long vetting of the San Francisco real estate market in preparation for the end of our lease at our primary facility at 2727 Mariposa. The conclusion of the process resulted in a successfully re-negotiated lease that will keep us on Mariposa Street for the next ten years. We made this decision for many reasons, including easy access for our participants via public transportation, neighboring location to many of our media and tech partners, and a home that we have come to love over the last fifteen years.

In conjunction with our Preservation department, we developed and host the AV Artifact Atlas in partnership with Stanford University, which contributes a repository for documentation for the entire time based media conservation field. We also continued to work with Preservation through the successful rollout of an Open Archival Information System for the management of digital assets as part of the Secure Media Network. Working with SF Commons and using our high speed fiber connectivity, we successfully broadcast live shows from partner organizations including SomArts and Mission Cultural Center over Comcast, AT&T, and Astound Cable access channels, as well as streaming live at bavc.org. Internally, we made improvements to our business processes by: beginning a Drupal/Salesforce integration in contract with Jackson River, developing a network monitoring system using Nagios, implementing a new Salesforce call center ticketing system to better serve our staff and participants, and expanding our RAID 5 storage system to 130 terabytes of raw storage. Finally, we continue to support all BAVC programming by working in collaboration with programmatic staff and organizational partners to provide the most current technology solutions and innovations available.