Digital Archives

Summer School Digital Archives | Fot. Jürgen Keiper
Digital Archives | Data Literacy and Presentation strategies in Audiovisual Archives

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: 14-18 Sep. 2020

Language: English

Number of participants: 20       

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cost: 1195,- EUR

Early Bird 1115,- EUR before 30 April 2020

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 Filmuniversität 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 Wahl Professor Audiovisuelles Kulturerbe

Contents

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
  • Storytelling
  • Visualization

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.

Programme

Preliminary schedule available as download

Instructors (Day 1 and 2)

Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl has been a Professor of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage at the Film University since 2013 and is Head of the Film Culture Heritage M.A. program. He is also deputy managing director of Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM), co-founder and co-curator of Moving History – Festival des Historischen Films Potsdam e. V. as well as co-creator and member of the management board of Potsdam – UNESCO Creative City of Film.
Peter Bubestinger | FSS Digital Archives (opens enlarged image)
Peter Bubestinger-Steindl studied Media Informatics at TU Wien and has been working as a project manager and developer in the field of digital long-term archiving since 2002. He specializes in the coordination and implementation of paid open source solutions for complex use cases and is a sought-after trainer and lecturer. In 2015, he established AV-RD, a service provider focusing on the professional use of open source software in the field of archiving.
Regine Stein| FSS Digital Archives © Johannes Biermann (opens enlarged image)
Regine Stein is deputy head of the Research and Development department at the State and University Library Goettingen and leads its programme on research infrastructures. Graduated in mathematics, she is involved on German and international level in standardization work for documenting cultural heritage since 2001, in particular in CIDOC, ICOM’s international committee on documentation. Her focus is on semantic interoperability and data quality aspects of integrating and linking the information. She provides leadership for the development of the CIDOC-CRM based metadata standard LIDO, and related controlled vocabularies.
Dr. Christophe Dupin | FSS Digital Archives (opens enlarged image)
Dr. Christophe Dupin is the Senior Administrator of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the Executive Publisher of the Journal of Film Preservation, and a film historian. Previously, he worked for the British Film Institute (1999-2004) and carried out extensive doctoral and post-doctoral research on the history of the BFI, which resulted in the publication of The British Film Institute, the Government and Film Culture, 1933-2004 (Manchester University Press, 2012), co-edited with Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. His current research topic is the history of the international film archive movement.

Instructors (Day 2 and 3)

FSS Digital Archives | Jürgen Keiper  (opens enlarged image)
Jürgen Keiper works for Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, where he is responsible (among other things) for the DFFB Archive website, the "Wir waren so frei" online archive as well as the conceptual and technological implementation of the RomArchive storytelling platform. He also focuses on research in the field of standardization and gives lectures on the subject of storytelling. Together with Chris Wahl, he hosts the blog Memento Movie.
FSS Digital Archives | Elisabeth Gamperl © Jessy Asmus (opens enlarged image)
Elisabeth Gamperl is managing editor of the storytelling unit at Süddeutsche Zeitung. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team of journalists, designers and coders who are using interactive tools and multimedia to tell stories and help reporters develop a digital narrative for their stories. She worked on the digital implementation of the Panama Papers, the Implant Files and the Strache videos. During her two-year training program at SZ, she spent two months working in the data team of the British daily The Guardian. Gamperl studied social anthropology. She was a founding member of NZZ.at in Vienna, a project of the Swiss NZZ Mediagroup and she worked for the investigative platform Dossier.at. Her texts were published, among others, in the monthly magazine DATUM, taz and Zeit Online.
FSS Digital Archives | Monika Preischl © Sandra Weller (opens enlarged image)
Monika Preischl has been working in the field of archive research and as an archive producer for 15 years and has contributed to more than 30 international documentary and fiction film productions. Until 2005, she studied Experimental Film Design as a master-class student with Heinz Emingholz at UdK Berlin. She is a freelance lecturer of research methods at dffb Berlin and gives seminars on working with archive footage at various art and film schools. In 2019, her archive research for the documentary Kulenkampffs Schuhe brought her a FOCAL International Award in London. Preischl lives in Berlin and works as a freelance "bildfinderin".
FSS Digital Archives | Dr. Reto Kromer © Racheal Stoeltje  (opens enlarged image)
Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration 34 years ago. He has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by reto.ch, and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in Donostia (San Sebastián). His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation. Previously he was head of preservation at the Cinémathèque suisse (the Swiss National Film Archive) and lecturer at the University of Lausanne.

Instructors (Day 4 and 5)

Oliver Hanley | FSS Digital Archives
Oliver Hanley is a film scholar specializing in film history and film restoration. After obtaining an M.A. degree in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam in 2008, he contributed to several online projects and exhibitions of Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. From 2011 to 2016, he was responsible for DVD and online publications as well as restoration and digitization projects at Österreichisches Filmmuseum in Vienna. Hanley has been an academic assistant in Film University Babelsberg's Film Culture Heritage M.A. program since 2016. He is a member of the FIAF Programming and Access to Collections Commission.
Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk © Jonas Parnow | FSS Digital Archives  (opens enlarged image)
Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk is a Research Professor of Information Visualization at the Urban Futures Institute of Fachhochschule Potsdam. He is co-director of UCLAB, a visualization research group situated between design, computing, and the humanities.
Dr. Adelheid Heftberger | FSS Digital Archives (opens enlarged image)
Dr. Adelheid Heftberger is Head of Film Access in the Film Archives Department of the German Bundesarchiv in Berlin. In the past, she worked as a researcher, curator, and archivist at Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften in Potsdam and Österreichisches Filmmuseum in Vienna. She holds a PhD in Russian Studies and obtained an M.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the universities of Innsbruck and Vienna. In 2016, she completed her studies of Library and Information Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Heftberger is a member of the FIAF Cataloguing and Documentation Commission and actively supports the Open Science movement.
FSS Digital Archives | Dr. Jakob Voß (opens enlarged image)
Dr. Jakob Voß works in the Research and Development Department of the Head Office of the German Common Library Network (GBV). His research focuses on data modeling and knowledge organization. Voß has been involved in the Wikimedia movement for more than a decade. His current project coli-conc deals with the creation and management of mappings between authority files.

Registration, Participation and Scholarships

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. The course will be held in English.

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. FIAF offers two scholarships covering the participation fee. Please mention in the registration form if you want to apply for a scholarship and give us your motivation.

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. We will be happy to provide you with recommendations for accommodations and hotels in the vicinity.

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.

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