PROGRAMME INTRODUCTION PER DAY:
The pre-conference day is traditionally a day of welcome, meetings and workshops. In the morning the FIAT/IFTA Executive Council meets in a closed session. In the afternoon all conference delegates are welcome to join one of the four workshops, each focusing on a different hot topic in audiovisual archiving today. After the workshops the FIAT/IFTA Commissions hold their meetings.
Conference registration is open from 11.00 to pick up badges and conference bags. The pre-conference ends with the Opening Cocktail of the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2019, taking place on the Rixos Hotel’s splendid seaside terrace. It will also be an excellent opportunity get acquainted with the shortlisted candidates for the FIAT/ITA Archive Achievement Awards 2019
The first day of the conference will feature the official opening with a welcoming message from FIAT/IFTA President Bríd Dooley and a first keynote speech by Mark Peters (Accenture). After the break the actual conference programme starts with three plenary presentations which focus on how audiovisual archives can adapt to special circumstances.
The afternoon will be spent on the first parallel sessions. During the full afternoon the main conference room will host presentations about artificial intelligence and semantic metadata. Next to that there will be sessions about film collection management and digitisation solutions, innovative approaches to rights management, strategies to connect with the audience and digitisation and an answer to the question whether curation and full openness can be considered as a false opposition.
The evening of the first conference day is a self-catered free evening.
The second conference day opens with the second keynote speech, followed by a plenary session in which FIAT/IFTA’s partners present themselves to the delegates. After the morning break the breakout sessions offer presentations on the diversification of metadata creation methods, public broadcasting archives in Latin America and case studies on how to bring archival content to the audience.
The afternoon begins with a conference element that has rapidly become a well appreciated tradition since the Warsaw conference in 2016: the expert lead discussion tables. They bring together small groups to discuss one particular subject. Each table discussion is held twice, so participants can pick the two subjects in which they’re most interested. The discussion tables are an excellent opportunity to meet up with like-minded colleagues, facing similar challenges.
The last sessions of the day are again in parallel. One session focuses on large scale preservation decisions and workflows, another one on measuring, tracing and tracking your content and a third one hosts a Workshop about Europeana Media.
On the evening of conference day 2 we traditionally hold the Gala Dinner and Awards Show. The highly coveted Cubes, the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award trophies will be awarded on a very special location – we’ll soon tell you where!
The third and last conference day starts with a presentation about a few important FIAT/IFTA initiatives: the Save Your Archive programme, the Where Are You on the Timeline Survey, the Outsourced Digitisation Guideline and a new initiative from 2019: the Flowchart Online Publication.
The parallel sessions of the third day will focus on a broad range of themes. In the morning sessions will be about large scale media mangement evolutions, and the use of virtual and augmented reality to showcase archival material. The third parallel session in the morning will feature presentations by the grantees of the FIAT/IFTA Media Studies Grant, who will present their research results for the first time.
After lunch the subjects tackled will be about technical challenges in the digital preservation world, the ways in which public broadcasters’ archives can make their mark internally and externally, and about preserving television archives in peculiar circumstances. The last parallel sessions focus on the shaping of a national audiovisual heritage, case studies in television history and two spectacular examples of how audiovisual archives can be targeted for intensive use in an educational context.
After the great success as closing speaker of the Venice conference, the closing plenary of the conference will again feature a presentation by the BBC’s Jake Berger. This time together with Susannah Stevens he’ll tell us about the Genome Project, a true recomposition of Britain’s television history.
The conference will then be closed by FIAT/IFTA President Bríd Dooley, who will also tell us where the 2020 conference will take place. Finally, the closing reception will be an opportunity to toast our profession and to say goodbye for another year.
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