Rights to Access
FIAT/IFTA has produced numerous publications in the field of media archiving. On this site these publications are accessible:
The FIAT/IFTA Media Management Commission has organised seminars since 1998, when it was still called Documentation Commission. Except for those of the first and third edition, the highlights of the papers presented at these seminars have been published and are freely available for download below.
The Preservation and Migration Commission propose the Outsourced Migration Guide as an assistance to any organisation planning to carry out a migration project and involve a third party to execute the actual migration work and possibly other tasks surrounding it, such as transport, reporting, quality control, etc. It is also helpful for any organisation looking to carry out a migration project on its own, as many of the organisational and technical aspects of such a project are identical whether the work is outsourced or not.
Research carried out through the Media Studies Grant is made available to the FIAT/IFTA archive community through conference presentations and research reports. Previous research reports from the Media Studies Grant are accessible through open access on the FIAT/IFTA website. A new Media Studies Grant Call for Papers is issued at the start of each calendar year.
The #ArchivalReads are a series of publications collected by the FIAT/IFTA Value, Use and Copyright Commission. The #ArchivalReads can be in-house produced articles or articles or recommended reading: high-quality publications by other organisations or individuals active in the audiovisual and media archiving domain.
“The past year of disruptions and adaptations has taught the community many lessons; About reaching out online, remote working, and, more generally, about its resilience in times of crisis. The global pandemic condensed a decade of digital transformation into a few months. This report captures the various ways in which the cultural heritage sector is adapting, not only to cope with the present but also to flourish in the future.”
Maria Drabczyk (National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, Poland, Value, Use & Copyright Commission FIAT/IFTA)
and Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Organising Knowledge Committee IASA)
In early October 2020, a group of IASA and FIAT/IFTA members from across the globe joined a virtual exchange to share their experiences and observations and talk about challenges and opportunities that have emerged in a time of crisis. The discussions were led by the Value, Use and Copyright Commission of FIAT/IFTA and the Organising Knowledge Committee of IASA.
The main takeaways from the virtual exchange have been captured in the report below. The document consists of six key observations encouraging archives to see the current disruptive situation as an opportunity to adapt and craft new strategies and internal policies, bringing the archive closer to its stakeholders and turning it into an agile and attentive organisation serving the public, not only in times of crisis.