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Monday, September 30

11:00am BST

Audiovisual archives - for inspiration, for creativity
How can producers of films, radio broadcasts, music recordings ensure their creations are best preserved for the future? And could audiovisual archives be better used by the creative industries around the world to create new cultural products? There are numerous examples of productions using archival footage, from Peter Jackson's 2018 documentary film "They Shall Not Grow Old", to radio stations entirely composed of archived programmes. Can the best examples inspire and inform archivists how to grow and manage and provide access to the collections that they safeguard? Can the production sector collaborate more closely with archives to ensure a more efficient and comprehensive preservation of cultural heritage? This panel will be introduced by members of the Audiovisual Think Tank, a forum established in January 2018 by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to examine the key policies and strategic priorities for audiovisual archives of the future. It will be followed by case studies of successes of collaborations between archives and creators. The panel will end with a short Q&A with the audience on how archives/creators can cooperate successfully.

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Richard Ranft

Head of Sound and Vision, The British Library
Richard Ranft is Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 7 million sound and 0.5m video recordings, and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for the Library’s users. He oversees ‘Save Our Sounds... Read More →
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Giovanna Fossati

Chief Curator / Professor, EYE Filmmuseum / University of Amsterdam
Giovanna Fossati is Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam where she has taught in the MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image Program since it was established, in 2003. She is also the Chief Curator at EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam... Read More →
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Judith Opoku-Boateng

Archivist, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, West Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Archival Studies from the University of Ghana. Judith started... Read More →
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Johan Oomen

Head of Research and Development, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
I'm head of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision R&D Department and researcher at the Web and Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. I'm an elected board member of the Europeana Association, of the EUscreen Foundation and of CLICKNL, the innovation catalyst for the... Read More →
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Leenke Ripmeester

Sales Manager, EYE Filmuseum
Leenke Ripmeester is the sales manager of the film collection of Eye Filmmuseum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) since 2013. She delivers archival footage, including the large WWI collection of Eye, to television channels, museums, and other companies from all over the world. She is also... Read More →

Monday September 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm BST
Theatre 1
Tuesday, October 1

11:00am BST

Handle with care: Managing radio collections related to the second world war
In the first issue of Phonographic Bulletin in 1971, IASA co-founder and secretary Rolf Schuursma detailed the process of managing historical collections held by the NOS (Netherlands broadcast organization), with a particular focus on recordings of Dutch-language radio during the Second World War. On the occasion of IASA’s 50th conference, this roundtable discussion will revisit this theme of radio collections related to the Second World War. In the European context, heritage institutions have been often faced with limited provenance information, often exacerbated by the turbulent conditions of occupation, war and its aftermath, and the process, in the post-1945 era, by which tape copies were exchanged of materials that had been relocated or dislocated, which were then re-absorbed into national broadcast archives. What kinds of historical materials do radio archives hold today? Are WWII-era recordings still used in radio production or for education purposes, and if so, how? What is the potential for improving knowledge about these materials? And what are the specific challenges to contextualizing such materials today? The roundtable participants will provide insights into the specific recorded sound materials that their respective institutions have acquired and now manage, and the discussion will reflect on the possibilities for further exchange and future cooperation in the European context and beyond.


Florence Gillet

Responsible for digital access to collections., CegeSoma (State Archives)
Florence Gillet is history licentiate at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She has dedicated her thesis to Belgian colonial propaganda in the United States during the Second World War. Since the summer of 2013, she has also obtained a master in Sciences et Technologies de l'Information... Read More →
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Carolyn Birdsall

Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Vice-Chair of IASA's Broadcast Archives Section (BAS). I'm interested in the early history of radio archiving in Europe and beyond, for which I'm currently leading a funded research project "Tracking Radio Archival... Read More →
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Richard Ranft

Head of Sound and Vision, The British Library
Richard Ranft is Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 7 million sound and 0.5m video recordings, and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for the Library’s users. He oversees ‘Save Our Sounds... Read More →
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Friedrich Dethlefs

Head of the radio department at the DRA, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv
Friedrich Dethlefs is head of the radio department at the DRA (Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv/German Broadcasting Archive). He oversees the documentation and digitization of the audio collection, which focuses on the recordings of the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft (1929-1945) and GDR radio... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm BST
Theatre 2

12:00pm BST

Presenting the United States presidents
In this panel presentation, Audiovisual Archivists Sarah Cunningham and Laurie Austin will discuss their work at U.S. Presidential Libraries for Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. They will examine changes in how American presidents were documented in sound, film, and video tape over the course of the 20th century. Using examples from their collections, they will illustrate themes that permeated through the presidencies of the three men who held office between 1945 and 1969. Some discussion will also center on how private presidential foundations support the work of their respective libraries and how the libraries fit into the larger National Archives and Records Administration agency.

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Laurie Austin

Audiovisual Archivist, Harry S. Truman Library
Laurie Austin is the Audiovisual Archivist for the Harry S. Truman Library. She has a BA in History from the College of William and Mary and an MA in History/Public History from Northeastern University. Her career in the Presidential Libraries system started at the John F. Kennedy... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm BST
BenGLab 2

1:30pm BST

Two years later: The future of small scale audiovisual archives in Asia
In Berlin 2017, the panelists analyzed innovation and human failure in small scale AV archives and asked the Question what do we need to learn from each other? This panel session had an immense effect since many contributions to the discussion could help in overcoming difficulties that were presented by the panelists. Now, two years later, the same panelists meet again and discuss the outcomes of the learning process and focus on the future of small scale audiovisual archives in Asia. What makes them so special and different form the large archives in broadcasting stations and national institutions? Which type of network will the future bring to the table and in which direction can technical staff, users, administrators, and the immediate community work towards an effective implementation of standards that really help to make knowledge available to all? Taking the discussion again to the institutions in China, Laos, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, this panel will shape a continuity in dedicating professional efforts to one of the most common audiovisual archive organizations in emerging countries of Asia. The outcome of this panel is a number of questions that help stimulate further discussion and draw attention to the weak connection between archival goals and the communal understanding of continuity in some Asian institutions. This is also a creative report of the panel organizer's work as IASA ambassador in this region.

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Gisa Jähnichen

Prof. (Ecomusicology), Shanghai Conservatory of Music
What do you think I want to hear or talk about? I am interested in supporting small scale archives at educational institutions, training for archivists in these archives, and a holistic approach to an accessible preservation of knowledge. Also, I like to promote the development of... Read More →
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Chinthaka Prageeth Meddegoda

Senior Lecturer, University of Visual and Performing Arts
Chinthaka Prageeth Meddegoda, PhD, is the Director of Research in the University of Visual and Performing Arts in addition to conducting lecturers on North Indian music, theory of music and research and methodology. He is interested in popular and traditional music of various Asian... Read More →
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Ahmad Faudzi Musib

Senior Lecturer, Audio Engineer /Sound Synthesis, University Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Human Ecology, Music Department
Contextual Sound Preservation of Local String Instruments
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Thongbang Homsombat

Manager of ATML, National Library of Laos
I am the administrator of the Archives of Traditional Music in Laos at the National Library in Vientiane. My main interest is enhancing the unrestricted accessibility of sound and audiovisual material collected over the last two decades in Laos and beyond. I need to learn and to apply... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm BST
Theatre 2

3:30pm BST

Time-based media: Innovating and maintaining can coexist with open source
We at the Studs Terkel Radio Archive (in partnership with the Chicago History Museum and the Library of Congress) and the American Archive of Public broadcasting (a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH) are serious about preservation, access, and engagement. Our presentation will showcase how each archive is developing and using innovative open source technologies to create a richer user experience and how they have enhanced the archival processing and accessible experience. In demonstrating the tools at our hands (ears?) we will focus on how innovation can indeed coexist with and support maintenance and core operations of the archive. Some of the tools that we will feature include open source collections management systems, speech-to-text software, crowdsourcing platforms,archival remix suites, and tools for automating metadata. Additionally, WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting will demo the new Archival Management System (AMS 2.0), an instance of Avalon/Hyrax (initially developed by Indiana University and Northwestern), based on the open source Samvera technical stack. We will also share new features on the AAPB and STRA websites, and AAPB will report on outreach efforts around their Transcribe to Digitize challenge while STRA will showcase youth created content based on the archive. We hope that those in the audience will be able to take what we have done and incorporate them into their workflows, improving access and preservation.

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Casey Davis Kaufman

Associate Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives
Casey Davis Kaufman is Associate Director for WGBH Media Library & Archives & Project Manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Casey manages outreach, access, digitization, and oversees websites. She previously worked for American Experience & received her MLIS from... Read More →
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Karen Cariani

David O. Ives Executive Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives, WGBH, Boston
The WGBH Medial Library and Archive and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting have thousands of hours of audio-visual materials. I am interested in system to preserve this material, and make it as accessible as possible in a digital form/on-line, and using computational tools... Read More →
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Allison Schein Holmes

Archivist, Studs Terkel Radio Archive/WFMT

Tuesday October 1, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm BST
Theatre 2
Wednesday, October 2

11:00am BST

Core developments in audiovisual metadata: A standards update
In this panel, representatives of PBCore and EBUCore will discuss the latest developments in the standardization of audiovisual metadata and how those standards can be implemented in real-world use cases. PBCore is primarily an XML-based standard, while EBUCore is both an XML-based standard and a fully-fledged RDF ontology. In 2015, PBCore and EBUCore began the process of developing a roadmap between PBCore XML to EBUCore RDF by unifying the existing vocabularies of both metadata standards. As a result of the NEH-funded PBCore Development and Training Project, a mapping between the two standards is now complete and available on the updated PBCore website, along with updated tools and documentation supporting standardized audiovisual metadata (including a Cataloging Tool, an XML Validator, and improved MediaInfo support, among others). The panel will include demonstrations of the new website and metadata tools, a discussion of the use cases for the PBCore and EBUCore data models and semantic web applications, and a conversation about the future of a/v metadata, including the implications of AI for metadata enrichment.


Rebecca Fraimow

Digital Ingest Manager, WGBH
Rebecca Fraimow received an MA from New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program in 2013 and was part of NDSR-Boston's first cohort. She has since continued working at WGBH as the Digital Ingest Manager, PBCore Project Lead, and Program Coordinator for the... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre Evain

Principal Project Manager, EBU
Jean-Pierre Evain joined the EBU in 1992 after several years spent in the R&D laboratories of France-Telecom (CCETT) and Deutsche Telekom (FI/FTZ). As Principal Project Manager, he is a member of the “EBU Technology and Innovation Department”. He is an expert in data and new media... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm BST
Theatre 2

12:00pm BST

MPWARA syndrome: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
In conversations with early-career archivists, especially those working in maturing and community-based organizations, or with previously overlooked or neglected formats such as A/V and born-digital materials, one phrase recurs and resounds: "My predecessor wasn’t a real archivist." The stories that accompany this phrase share many characteristics and common features, and provide the basis of an epidemiological profile for what we call MPWARA Syndrome — that is, the unique challenges of working in the wake of archival laborers who are differently informed from those with MLIS degrees or other graduate credentials (and, frequently, acting at cross-purposes with them). Although collections of all kinds pass through this phase as they mature, audiovisual and digital archivists are especially likely to be the first formally trained specialists in their institutions. Presenters will discuss their own experiences with these challenges and provide specific, actionable, critical approaches to teaching and thinking about archival practice that honor emerging and established standards alongside other ways of knowing and doing.

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Snowden Becker

Independent Archives Consultant and Expert
SNOWDEN BECKER has been a leader in the field of media archives and preservation for nearly twenty years. She is a co-founder of the international Home Movie Day event and the non-profit Center for Home Movies, which was awarded the SAA Hamer Kegan Award for archival advocacy in 2017... Read More →
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Tre Berney

Director, Digitization and Conservation Services, Cornell University Library
Tre is Director of Digital Initiatives at Cornell University Library and responsible for staff, production schedules, collection priorities, and structural finances for the central preservation and access programs. He works closely with the Director of Collections, Digital Lifecycle... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm BST
Theatre 1