The Systems Section is responsible for the management of ‘Horizon’, the Archive library, database and cataloguing system. With the ever-widening application of information technology in our daily lives and the government’s implementation of the Enhanced Productivity Programme, the Systems Section was born at the same time the Archive was founded.
The HKFA has an extremely heavy workload. To make work more efficient, most of the workstations have been connected together as an intranet to enable resource sharing. The wide variety of electronic equipment and computer systems facilitates processing of artefacts’ data and the provision of quality service. By the end of 2008, the size of textual data in our database has already reached 8 GB, while that of still graphics has exceeded 2 TB. The aforesaid data, which can be processed only after going through a series of meticulous procedures, amounts to yet a tiny portion of our entire collection.
Built up together with the Cataloguing Team, Horizon provides an onsite search engine commonly found in library databases. Users may also access our collection catalogue through internet with a common browser. This makes it much more convenient for the general public and film researchers to locate the reference materials they need. To cater for the operational needs of our respective sections, the Systems Section has also designed special data storage and retrieval systems to further enhance maintenance, inter-linkage and reliability of archival data.
As the frontline technical support unit, the Systems Section renders assistance to patrons at the Resource Centre when they have problems using our workstations. It also stays in close contact with the LCSD’s Information Technology Division and other hardware/software maintenance contractors and suppliers to ensure the proper functioning of our computer systems, as well as to further expand their functions.