Thursday, January 08, 2009

Event: Strategies for Multimedia Archives

This one-day event sounds interesting because it is dealing with a topic many are avoiding.

Strategies for Multimedia Archives
Ghent (Belgium), February 6th 2009

Cultural, heritage and media institutions face a number of challenges when moving even a part of their collection and archival management into the digital age. by focusing on four specific questions that newly developing multimedia archives are faced with: how do you position yourself to the need for funding; how is context created and maintained in the multidisciplinary digital archive; what audience do you aim to reach and how do you reach them; and what distribution models can you use? The answers to these questions are manifold, and become increasingly complex in light of growing intersectoral cooperation.

The conference 'Strategies for Multimedia Archives' aims to contribute to the international discourse on the impact of 'going digital'. It brings together international speakers with experience in different fields, so as to further discussions and provide food for thought for organisations planning to take the step into digital. The different themes of the conference feature collectively in the morning plenary, after which four parallel sessions each focus on one of the four central issues at hand. Ample time is allotted in these sessions for questions and discussion with the audience.

This conference is organised as part of the research project 'Preservation and Access of Multimedia Data in Flanders' (BOM-vl), sponsored by the Flemish government.


10.00h - 10.15h welcome and opening
10.15h - 12.30h: plenary session
14.00h - 17.00h: parallel sessions
Session 1: How do digitising organisations approach the need for funding?
Session 2: How is context generated and maintained in interdisciplinary digital archives? Session 3: How do you make sure your audience finds and uses your material? Session 4: What business models can be used for the distribution of the digital content?
17.00h: closing drink


Max Benoit (INA), Mel Collier (Kuleuven), Kurt Deggeller (Memoriav), Jos de Haan (Sociaal Planbureau), Nathalie Doury (Paris en Images), Eerde Hovinga (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid), Cees Klapwijk (Digitale Bibliotheek der Nederlandse Letteren), Bert Looper (Tresoar), Bridget McKenzie (Flow Associates), Dale Peters (State and University Library of Goettingen), Thomas Sewing (ZDF), Graham Turnbull, (RCAHMS/SCRAN), Jeff Ubois (Intelligent Television), Phillippe Van Meerbeeck (VRT), Tine van Nierop (consultant).

Target Audience

The conference is intended especially for those active in the fields of digital archiving and digital collection building and management, and those planning to take steps in this direction. Talks will be in English.


Date: Friday February 6th, 2009
Location: Conferencerooms 'De Zebrastraat' - Zebrastraat 32/001, B9000 Ghent (Belgium) Registration fee: 60,- Eur (incl. conference papers, lunch, coffee-breaks and closing drink) Registration via website only:

For further information, please check the conference website.

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