Digital Archives 2021
The summer school "Digital Archives. Data Literacy and Presentation Strategies in Audiovisual Archives" is a 5-day, practice-oriented educational offer directed at staff members of audiovisual archives as well as any other interested person who would like to enhance their knowledge about digital environments and processes related to digital archives.
Date: 6-10 September 2021
Number of participants: 20
Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF*
Cost: 1195,- EUR
Early Bird before 30 April 2021: 1115,- EUR
* a part of the Summer School Digital Archives will be opened for online participation (more info under Online Participation)
The ongoing process of digitalisation presents film archives with the necessity of changing their workflows, strategies, and policies and of providing their staff with additional training. For this reason, we decided to establish the "Digital Archives" Summer School in collaboration with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. The first edition focuses on the subject of data literacy and presentation strategies.
Typically, film archives are not archives in the traditional sense, but hybrid institutions that, due to their development history and the complexity of film rights, often face major challenges in terms of cataloging, metadata management, transparency, and accessibility.
In 1973, the first Summer School of the FIAF took place in East Berlin. In this respect, I am very pleased that the Film Universität is able to present in cooperation with the FIAF Cataloging & Documentation Commission as well as the German Kinemathek Berlin a new training format for the international community of film archives.Prof. Dr. Chris WahlProfessor Audiovisuelles Kulturerbe
In the morning, various educational formats ranging from lectures to seminars and exercises will deal with the following subjects:
- Conversion, Codecs
- Metadata Schemes, Controlled Vocabularies/Thesauri
- Data Cleaning/Mapping/Open Refine
- Identifier and Authority Files, Linked Open Data
- Wikidata, LOD
- Open Source: Software Overview, hands-on: FFMPEG, DCP-o-Matic
In the afternoon, longer courses allowing for more interaction between instructors and participants will provide insights into:
- Digital Preservation
The evening program will include a keynote speech by Christophe Dupin (FIAF), a film screening of Beuys (2017, Andres Veiel), and a discussion with Monika Preischl, who acted as archive researcher and producer for the film.
Emphasizing practical aspects, the Summer School will give participants the opportunity to discuss questions related to their daily work. The event focuses on teaching methods and concepts that can be implemented into practice without major financial investments. We place great value on extensive feedback enabling us to further improve the quality of future Summer School events.
The preliminary program can be downloaded as a PDF here.
We are happy to announce that the Summer School Digital Archives can take place on-site at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf this year. As we have received many requests regarding online participation, we have decided to stream parts of the program for people who may not be able to travel due to the pandemic or its economic impact.
We will be streaming lectures, seminars, and the panel discussion in their entirety via ZOOM. Unfortunately, the morning workshops are not streamable due to their practical nature.
An overview of the preliminary program and which content will be available online can be downloaded here. The cost is 400,- Euro.
Instructors (Day 1 and 2)
Instructors (Day 2 and 3)
Instructors (Day 4 and 5)
Registration and participation
The Digital Archives summer school is directed at staff members of film-related archives and all persons who would like to enhance their knowledge and skills related to digital film archives.
Participants are asked to register online using our application form. Spots are limited and will be awarded based on registration date after assessment of the application and receipt of the participation fee.
The fee covers materials, lunches, and a dinner at the end of the event. Travel and accommodation expenses are not included and must be covered by participants. For our participants we have reserved a room contingent in nearby hotels. Please contact us if you are interested.
Update on restricted university operations 25 May 2021:
Beginning 07 June 2021, classes may be held on site. AHA rules will apply unchanged. We will inform you of the current hygiene measures in advance. At this time, we recommend that you book your travel and accommodation with the option to cancel.
The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) kindly awards a small number of scholarships that will cover partial or full participation fees. Travel and accommodation costs must be covered by the applicants themselves.
Please indicate in your application whether you are applying for a scholarship, and if so, for what reasons:
- Why is it important for you to participate in the Digital Archives Summer School?
- What impact will your participation in this training have on your institution or working environment?
- Why do you need financial support?
Please submit your answers in English to email@example.com. The application deadline for the FIAF scholarship is 30 May 2021.
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The "Digital Archives" summer school is an event organised by the Film University Babelsberg (Filmuni Summer School) in cooperation with FIAF Cataloguing & Documentation Commission and the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. The concept was developed by Dr. Adelheid Heftberger, Jürgen Keiper and Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl from an initial idea by Adelheid Heftberger.