Digitising, archiving and interaction

VIAA digitises and preserves images and sound from Flanders and aims to make this accessible for everyone.
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Step by step, we are opening up the Flemish archive to the public. Our first public collection, ‘News from the Great War’, is the biggest online database of press material from the First World War. Browse through war newspapers, trench papers and even censored press.

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An image says more than a thousand words. Through our platform ‘the Archive for Education’ teachers can find audiovisual classroom material in one place. It has never been so fun and easy to enrich your lessons with image and sound. Exclusively accessible to teachers and trainee teachers.

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New on this website: VIAA Techblog

In our techblog we take a look behind the scenes and give you insights on technical studies, measurements and experiences that come up when running a large-scale digital archive.

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Final report on the digitisation of VCR, wax cylinders and wire recordings now available
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Outcome of Educative Projects Gets its Own Spot on The Archive for Education

These past months, VIAA engaged in a number of collaborations with partners, such as CANON Cultuurcel, to offer interesting, ready-to-use materials on the platform The Archive for Education. To make the collected course materials more easily accessible for teachers, the education platform now launches sparkling new project pages.

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Techblog: Results FFv1 and MKV study

"In 2013, we chose MXF as a container and JPEG2000 as encoder for archive masters. However, the technological development of audiovisual codecs is constantly in motion." In VIAA's first tech blog, Matthias Priem, Manager Archiving, explained the results of an exploratory study into MKV and FFv1.

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