FIAT/IFTA considers it one of its main tasks to foster strategic thinking in the domain of audiovisual archiving. As such the federation contributed to a White Paper, commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision envisioning a so-called think tank for audiovisual archivists.
At the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2017 in México City a special slot was reserved for a session under the lead of Johan Oomen (Sound and Vision) and Peter Kaufman (MIT and Intelligent Television). They presented the preliminary result of a special vision writing exercise to which several FIAT/IFTA members had already been contributing in the course of 2017. In Mexico, the conference participants discussed about several aspects of audiovisual archiving covered by the text. Their conclusions were used as valuable additions to it.
The final result, a white paper with the title Towards a New Audiovisual Think Tank for Audiovisual Archivists and Cultural Heritage Professionals was published recently by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. It puts forward some strategic priorities for audiovisual archiving in the coming decade and puts forward ten concrete recommendations for collective action.
FIAT/IFTA welcomes this exercise as a contribution to the development of the field of audiovisual archiving and to the benefit of audiovisual heritage worldwide. It also invites the members of the Think Tank to continue the embedding of their work in the international network of audiovisual archiving associations.