March 14 2011 - March 15 2011

Screening the Future 2011 - New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving (Conference)

Screening the Future 2011 will connect small and large archives, service providers, vendors, funders, policymakers, and educators developing solutions to the most urgent questions facing audiovisual archives. During the conference, PrestoCentre, a new AV competence centre will be launched. PrestoCentre will serve AV archives in Europe and beyond with advocacy, expertise, training, information, networking and tools in issues of digitisation and digital preservation. PrestoCentre is a full-time, action oriented and membership driven organiation.

Conference Themes

* What are we preserving?
Audiovisual production is growing in volume and variety, and distribution is becoming available to everyone. Until recently, film, audio, video and broadcast archives might reasonably claim to collect and preserve the majority of their home country's AV heritage, but that is less and less the case. How must the practices of archives change to ensure a fuller range of cultural materials is preserved? How much are new approaches to collection, such as web harvesting, social network analysis, personal archiving, and off air recording already accepted?

* How can we fund our future?
More than ever, AV archives are confronted with financial challenges. Public/private partnerships, appeals to the public for donations, collaboration with educational publishers and the educational systems are a few of the ways archives are meeting those challenges. Just as mass digitisation changed the world of books and libraries, many observers expect mass digitisation, done in partnership with commercial organisations, to change the world of film, video, and archives. How should AV archives respond to the possibilities offered by partnerships with commercial organisations?

* Where do archives meet IT?
Relative to the IT market, the AV archive market is small. Only a few IT vendors have developed products and services uniquely suited to archival needs. It has been up to specialised communities and projects to develop or prototype tools and services useful to AV archives. What are the best approaches for working with these new tools and services, and what are current rules of thumb? If AV archives must make any cost / quality trade offs, what are the plausible extremes with respect to speed and scale?

* How can we valorise our archives?
Archives must prove their value to society through their use. New approaches to valorisation include collaboration with schools, research organisations, educational publishers, documentary film makers, and the public. At the same time, pressure groups dominate copyright policy making, which undermines the public interest in access to cultural materials (often created with public funds). Can AV institutions need to take a more active role representing the public interest in discussions of copyright law and policy?

Dates and venue
14 & 15 March 2011, daily from 8:00AM, the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision (Media Park, Hilversum, The Netherlands).


14 March
- 08.00 - 09.30
- 09.30 - 10.15
(Bernard Smith, Chair)
European Commission
Jan Müller (Managing Director, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
- 10.15 - 11.00
Opening Keynote: Toward a New Enlightenment - Moving Images, Recorded Sound, and the Promise of New Technology - Peter Kaufman (PrestoCentre; Intelligent Television)
- 11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
- 11.30 - 13.00
Big Data, Linked Data - Paul Miller (Cloud of Data)
In Audiovisual Archives We Trust - Seamus Ross (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)
Scaling Up, Scaling Down - Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive)
- 13.00 - 14.30
Lunch Break
- 14.30 - 16.00
Running the Numbers: What Maths Can Tell Us About the Pratices of Digital Archiving - David Rosenthal (LOCKSS, Stanford University)
What AV Archives Can Learn From Google - Google EMEA / YouTube
PrestoCentre - Keeping Audiovisual Content Alive - Marius Snyders (PrestoPRIME Project)
- 16.00 - 18.00
PrestoCentre Launch Celebration

15 March
- 08.00 - 09.00
- 09.00 - 10.30
Building Workflows For Digitisation and Digital Preservation - James Snyder (USA Library of Congress), Tobias Golodnoff (Danish Radio), Tom de Smet (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), Paul Collard (Ascent142), Michel Merten (Memnon) and Jim Lindner (Danish Radio)
Chair: Daniel Teruggi (INA)
Masterclass led by organisations who have collectively digitised more than a million hours of material, this session is intended to help small and large archives, libraries, and museums that are building new digitisation workflows for film, audiotape, and videotape better understand their options and the trade-offs between different approaches. It will include representatives from leading archival institutions and leading digitisation service providers describing projects they are or have been working on.
- 10.30 - 11.00
Coffee Break
- 11.00 - 12.30
Building Workflows For Digitisation and Digital Preservation (continued)
- 12.30 - 14.00
Lunch Break
- 14.00 - 15.30
Parallel Sessions
Introduction to Transcoding: Tools and Processes - Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks), Dave Rice (AV Preservation Solutions)
Digital formats evolve over time. This masterclass will demonstrate the basics of transcoding and the utilities, strategies and challenges involved in efficiently providing access to digital audiovisual media collections. It will examine software-based tools and applications, identifying what to look out for, how to evaluate lossless and lossy transcoding methods, quality control, and verification.
Creating Preservation Scenarios, Understanding Risks and Estimating Costs - Matthew Addis (IT Innovation), Richard Wright (BBC R&D)
This masterclass recapitulates the lessons of Presto, PrestoSpace, and PrestoPrime, and gives attendees an understanding of the tools and resources to become available through PrestoCentre.
- 15.45 - 16.15
Personal Digital Archiving: Footage from a Billion Movie Cameras - Jeff Ubois (PrestoCentre)

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