Did you know that there’s an international, English version of kenjedrager.be? We published knowyourcarrier.com, where you can find the same preservation and digitisation tips – but in English – so we could share our knowledge about tape, cassette and record identification with even more people beyond Flanders’ borders. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Knowyourcarrier.com has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Media Preservation’ Archive Achievements Awards 2019.
We already knew that kenjedrager.be had gone international. We’ve even been praised by esteemed references in the world of audiovisual archives, such as Professor Howard Besser from NYU:
"KnowYourCarrier.com is a wonderful tool for the general public to help them identify what audiovisual carrier they have. It then points them to more information about that carrier and guides them through choices concerning its value and reformatting options. At least a couple of times every month I refer people to the site."
And now it’s been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Media Preservation’ Archive Achievement Award. FIAT/IFTA (International Federation of Television Archives) has designed this award to recognise outstanding archival projects that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and unlocking of audiovisual cultural heritage. We’ve had the honour of being nominated once before, in 2016, when De Beeldcapsule 2115 (The Image Capsule 2115) was considered for the ‘Best Archive Preservation Award’. The focus has been slightly widened this year:“This year, we are not searching for a digitisation project in particular, but broader for any project that encourages the preservation of audiovisual media, via a technological or conceptual innovation, either through its exemplary value or broad reach.”
The award ceremony will take place on 24 October at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Dubrovnik. Other contenders are the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision with ‘Give us the GIFs: Crowd-Curating Iterative Born-Digital Heritage at Scale’, and Radio Télévision Suisse with ‘Artifacts detection by AI: Quality Check of video files from mass digitization’. You can find more information about the nomination here.
Do you know what images and audio you might have hidden away gathering dust in your attic? Grab your torch and find out at knowyourcarrier.com!