FIAF Technical and Cataloguing Short Course

19-21 June 2023

National Archives of Latvia, Riga

Apply for registration HERE by 5 May

The course

This three-day course presented by the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) and the National Archives of Estonia, in collaboration with FIAF, will provide a solid foundation for those responsible for film and audiovisual collections of any size, covering both technical aspects and the basics of cataloguing best-practice.

The course will deal with the technology that is essential both to the understanding of the items held in film archives and to their stewardship in the digital world. It will cover film technology from its inception to the present day, along with an overview of television and video technology. It will also deal with the digital technology relevant to audiovisual archives, including digitization and digital acquisition. Strategic approaches to preservation of both analogue and digital media will be addressed. Approaches to cataloguing based on FIAF-recommended practice and relevant to organizations having any level of resources and any type of content will be dealt with interactively.

The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on practice.


Who should attend

The course is aimed at curators responsible for audiovisual collections of any size who need a comprehensive grounding in audiovisual technology in order to better manage preservation, digitisation and access, as well as film technicians in need of a solid introduction to digital technology, or digital technicians wishing to improve their understanding of traditional film technology. The main target audience of this course is professionals in the Baltic countries and other neighbouring countries, but it is open to all.


Registration and fee

There will be spaces for 20 participants. For operational reasons we are charging a registration fee for this course of 100€ for employees of FIAF-affiliated institutions, BAAC members and employees of BAAC-affiliated institutions, and full-time students (student ID will be required), and 150€ for all others. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, but a number of places will be reserved for employees of FIAF archives and BAAC members. Note that this fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the training.

Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

You can apply for registration HERE. We will close registrations on 5 May 2023 or when the course is full, whatever comes first.



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The course is organized by David Walsh (Training and Outreach Coordinator, FIAF) and Eva Näripea (Film Archive, The National Archives of Estonia and BAAC Vice President), with the support of the FIAF Secretariat.


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