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Stephen McConnachie

Head of Data and Digital Preservation

Stephen has worked at the BFI since 2009. In his current role he leads the Data and Digital Preservation department, with strategic and operational responsibility for the BFI National Archive’s data and digital preservation policies, standards, practices and infrastructure.

The department defines and implements documentation and data standards for the BFI’s collections, creates the BFI Filmography (the national database of British feature films), manages the collections systems (including the Collections Information Database and the Digital Preservation Infrastructure), and delivers data and media to BFI platforms and projects, including BFI Player and the Mediatheque in BFI Southbank.

He came to the BFI from the television archive ITN Source, where he led the teams of cataloguers, researchers and content editors in the transition from analogue to digital, file-based workflows.

Articles by Stephen McConnachie

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  • Big data and how it revolutionised our film archive

    Ahead of an event to discuss the ‘big data’ revolution in the BFI’s collections, Stephen McConnachie, BFI’s Head of Data, reflects on a decade that has transformed the way our archive creates and uses data.

    Thursday, May 18, 2017


  • The day we teamed up with Wikipedia

    A marathon of Wikipedia editing at the BFI Reuben Library has enriched the online encyclopedia’s records relating to black and Asian British filmmaking.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015


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