What do we do?

Public access to our audiovisual heritage

Every day, VIAA works to digitise, archive and preserve audiovisual material in Flanders and to make it accessible. Not only for the future but also for today's generations. On behalf of the Flemish Government, we share the Flemish image and sound archive through various platforms. Today, the main focus is on education, but apart from teachers, we want to give scientists and the general public access to the Flemish archive as well. The publication of this material always takes place in consultation with the content partners and with respect for copyrights.

Our platforms and research projects

Based on research and close cooperation with target groups and content partners, we have already succeeded in launching two platforms. We have also launched our first public campaign that aims to raise awareness of the importance of audiovisual heritage, and are cooperating in various research projects.

The Archive for Education

Nowadays, young people live in a visual culture and, as a teacher, it is important to respond to this with audiovisual material. Via the platform ‘The Archive for Education’, teachers have exclusive access to audiovisual collections that correspond to the syllabus and which can help teachers to create more exciting lessons.
Visit the Archive for Education >

The Archive

This platform is public and will be expanded over the years with further themes. An initial theme – which has been completed – is ‘Belgian press from the Great War’, in which we have digitised the newspaper publications from the First World War. It is also one of the largest online databanks containing press material from 1914-1918.
View the press material from WW1 >


The Image Capsule (De Beeldcapsule)

Alongside the Archive for Education, VIAA seeks to develop a similar service for libraries and scientists. In addition to research and implementation, VIAA also aims to inform the general public. Through our campaign ‘The Image Capsule’, we put the importance of an image and sound archive in the spotlight. On the campaign website, we show a small selection of image and video fragments from our content partners. The fragments that receive the highest public vote will be sent to the future.
View the 5 fragments chosen in 2015 >

If you would like to find out more about our projects and initiatives,
please contact Karen Vander Plaetse. She will provide further assistance.

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