FIAT/IFTA Newsletter - December 2021
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Dear colleagues, dear friends of FIAT/IFTA,

For a second year in a row, we've had challenges that many of us didn't think we would have to face in our lifetime. Last year the pandemic forced us to change our approach to our daily lives, we had to rethink and adapt in order to survive in a digital age. 2021 has proven that we are capable of rising up to unforeseen challenges in the midst of uncertainty with travel, restrictions and our future.

FIAT/IFTA used 2021 as an opportunity to continue to grow in the digital landscape, bringing our seminars and workshops online. We are happy to say that our "Preservation & Migration seminar", "Broadcaster Archives: Rights to Access workshop" and "Regional Focus: LATAM encounter" were successful, peaking the interest of a lot of participants.

For the second year in a row, we hosted the FIAT/IFTA World Conference online, with high participation and engagement from the attendees both on the conference platform and on our social media. We are working on making the contents of the conference available to everyone through our platforms in 2022. In the meantime, we invite you to meet the winners of the 2021 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards and get acquainted with the selected projects of the 2020 edition of the Save Your Archive Program.

While we are unsure of what 2022 will bring, we intend to tackle its challenges head on and hope to see you in South Africa for the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2022.

The FIAT/IFTA family wishes you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Welcoming our newest Executive Council members

Last fall, the FIAT/IFTA Executive Council underwent two changes in its composition. Tom De Smet exchanged his position at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision for a new role at the Dutch National Archives. We wish Tom the best of luck and thank him for his commitment for so many years. The Executive Council then approved the co-option of Karin van Arkel, head of Archiving at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. In addition, Vicky Plaine (BBC Scotland) stepped down as Chair of the Media Management Commission. She was replaced in her role as Chair by Elena Brodie-Kusa. Ex officio Elena is also co-opted into the Executive Council. Both new members sent us a message for the Newsletter:

Karin van Arkel (Sound and Vision, co-opted member) 

Here’s a short introduction to a new -very proud- co-opted member of the EC. My name is Karin van Arkel, working at The Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. First I worked as an ingest coordinator, but for 3 years as the Archive manager, where we’re responsible for the ingest, acces, selection and digitisation of the content. Not only do we archive material from the public broadcasters, but also commercial and non-commercial content from other (heritage) organisations and individuals. The EC is not new to me, I participated in many world congresses of the FIAT/IFTA and for a few years I’ve been a member of the MMC commission where I also have co-organised the 2-yearly MMC seminars.

I’m looking forward to being a member of the EC and working together with all the others in this worldwide network. The enthusiasm and willingness to share all the knowledge and lessons learned of archivists all over the world makes me even want more to be an active member of this network.

Hopefully we will see eachother live anytime soon, and meanwhile we’ll do what we can online.

Karin van Arkel
Elena Brodie-Kusa (A+E, co-opted member, MMC Chair)

It is with great honor that I join the EC representing the Media Management Commission (MMC). Recently serving as Commission Co-Chair, as well as being a long standing member of the MMC, I welcome the opportunity to continue building on the many years of thought-provoking, timely work the Commission and FIAT/IFTA as a whole has done. We often say we stand at crossroads/pivotal moments in broadcasting history, and the global pandemic is indeed one that presented, and continues to present, unique challenges creating disruption in the industry. Innovative ways to catalogue, access, monetize and distribute our archives is once again making us rethink the model. It is also a continued reminder to look around and remember that there are many in need of help to save their endangered audiovisual collections. FIAT/IFTA will continue to influence the industry with impactful, meaningful change which I very much look forward to continue being a part of.
The updated composition of the Executive Council can be found here
“Immersive Datascapes (and other modes of knowing)” – MSC Grant

"How can we document the very process of curating digital archives and databases? How can we frame their evolution, and define what type of knowledge they provide at different stages? What do they tell us? What’s missing? Immersive datascapes (and other modes of knowing) is an interactive, virtual experience that uses data visualization techniques to navigate audiovisual archives and explore their hidden narratives."

The Media Studies Commission is proud to announce that the research paper Immersive Datascapes (and other modes of knowing), a project by Giulia Taurino (Northeastern University), is now available on the FIAT/IFTA website to download and read.
Read the paper on the FIAT/IFTA website
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