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: 6-10 Sep. 2021

Language: English

Number of participants: 20       

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cost: 1195,- EUR

Early Bird 1115,- EUR before 31 March 2021

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


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.

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. Application deadline for the FIAF scholarships is 15 May 2021.

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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