VIAA's model in tackling the challenges of audiovisual archiving in a joint effort with broadcasters and cultural heritage bodies is followed with great interest by FIAT/IFTA. It is a very creative approach to national funding of the digitisation and preservation activities necessary to safeguard collections in an efficient and cost effective manner. It is inspirational approach also to European members, including my own country Ireland.
We digitise the most at-risk material first. For cost-efficient digitisation, we group together as much material as possible from different content partners per carrier. We create the necessary processes for a standardised flow, which helps the content partner with preparations and prevents material being lost. We also follow international standards to provide maximum quality assurance.
VIAA collaborates with organisations in the culture, heritage and media sectors, who create and/or manage our audiovisual heritage. We handle digitisation, preservation and digital platforms while they focus on the management and projects relating to the content of the collected material.
VIAA is part of an ecosystem consisting of content partners, knowledge institutions and centres of expertise, technology companies, service providers and users. We can therefore depend on an extensive knowledge network and we are known among our stakeholders for our open and transparent approach. We are enthusiastic about our mission and committed to its implementation, putting sustainability and innovation first. We handle each digitisation project with the greatest care and respect for makers, owners and our audiovisual heritage.
How do we exist?
VIAA was established by the Flemish government on 21 December 2012. The research institution iMinds handled the start-up process as the organisation had been conducting research into digital archiving for many years and was able to offer the right framework for a quick operationalisation. In 2016, VIAA became an independent non-profit organisation, financed by the Flemish Government. VIAA is managed by its own Board of Directors, in which both the Flemish Government and the content partners are represented.