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Sound and Vision is the hub for the AV and media sector within the Digital Heritage Network. We are a physical and virtual hub where professionals and interested parties meet, discover content and share knowledge. Together we can permanently store and manage the Dutch media heritage and keep collections alive.

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Digital Heritage Network

Within the Digital Heritage Network, we work together to develop a system of national facilities and services to improve the visibility, usability and sustainability of digital heritage. Within this infrastructure, five institutions fulfill a hub function for the rest of the institutions in the country; the National Library, the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dutch National Archives, the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Digital Heritage Network


Sound and Vision is a hub within the national infrastructure for digital heritage and from that position, it wants to contribute actively to the sustainability and accessibility of digital heritage collections, in particular audiovisual content. For this purpose, Sound and Vision is the secretary of AVA_Net. This is a network organization for audiovisual heritage organisations in the Netherlands. The network strengthens the position of audiovisual heritage and offers a (knowledge) platform. The network is a representative reflection of all sectors in which AV heritage is managed and made available. The organizations in the network are specifically supported in the field of the management and reach of audiovisual heritage.


National Networks

In the Netherlands, also many other large and small institutions operate in the audiovisual domain. And then there are still a lot of institutions and organizations that are not primarily focused on the audiovisual, but are involved in heritage and archiving, digitization, sustainability, access, collections, et cetera. Often, forces are bundled into networks and partnerships. Here you find a selection.

International Networks

At the same time, national boundaries are becoming less and less relevant when managing and providing access to digital heritage. That is why different organizations and networks have been established worldwide.