On 8 and 9 June 2017 the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) and Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana (RSI) together hosted in Lugano, Switzerland, the 8th part in the FIAT/IFTA Media Management Seminar series jointly titled “Changing sceneries, changing roles.” This time the seminar itself was titled “Embracing automation, enhancing discoverability.”
With the gracious support of Fondazione Hilda e Felice Vitali, the FIAT/IFTA Media Management Commission is proud to announce the publication of 13 selected papers of this Seminar. These papers are elaborated versions of the presentations as given by the authors. They focus on the integration and interoperability of media asset management systems, on media asset management in large scale sports archives, on automation and the emerging use of artificial intelligence and in findability increase in audiovisual archives.
At the end of the book FIAT/IFTA is also proud and delighted to offer the full text of the keynote presentation of Richard Wright (former BBC and currently an audiovisual archives consultant under the name of ‘Preservation Guide’) at the 2017 FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Mexico City. The paper is called ‘TV archives in a post TV world’. It raised so much appreciation of the Mexico audience that the Media Management Commission and the FIAT/IFTA Executive Council unanimously and with the kind permission of the author decided to give it a wider audience.
The full book is edited by the Media Management Commission (MMC). It features also an introduction by the former MMC Chair Eva-Lis Green (KB), a conclusion by Theo Mäusli (SRG-SSR) and concluding observations by FIAT/IFTA Vice-President Jacqui Gupta (BBC) and MMC Chair Vicky Plaine (BBC Scotland).
The design is by Axel Green and the archival stills brightening up the texts were kindly put at our disposal by the SVT archives.
The FIAT/IFTA Media Management Commission with this publication also pays tribute to its long standing member Ingrid Veenstra who passed away in January 2018. Ingrid contributed to many MMC Seminars with her professionalism and enthusiasm and she will be missed.