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Winter School for Audiovisual Archiving 2019

The Winter School for Audiovisual Archiving is a four-day training that gives participants the practical knowledge to design and implement a preservation plan for their audiovisual collections. The fourth edition of the Winter School takes place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision from Tuesday 15 until Friday 18 January 2019. The Winter School has extended this year’s edition with an extra day. Registration for this edition is now closed.

Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0

The Winter School is about providing practical knowledge: we start with the basis for digital preservation of audiovisual materials and finish with mapping participants' own insights and policy on conserving them. Topics we will discuss during the Winter School include:

  • Risks for digital durability,
  • Applying OAIS model for audiovisual collections,
  • Digital preservation planning,
  • Ingest & acquisition,
  • File formats & data management,
  • Data storage and migration.

The training will be alternated with short, educational visits to Sound and Vision's storage and digitisation facilities. Situated in the heart of the Dutch broadcast environment, Sound and Vision features a state-of-the-art in-house infrastructure which will be demonstrated in detail. Also, there will be ample time to get to know the other participants of the versatile group of national and international Winter School participants. 

Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0

Winter School extended

During the fourth day, the Winter School deals with substantive questions about the application of a digital preservation approach for audiovisual material. This work contains both organizational and technical components. On the last day of this extended edition we will discuss the technical actions involved in receiving and storing audiovisual files. Using practical examples we practice with freely available applications and we focus on the content of audiovisual files, converting files without losing important characteristics, and checking files for their integrity and authenticity.

Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0


We are currently finalising the four-day programme. Guest speakers will be officially announced on the Winter School website. To get an impression of the content of the training, you can find our blog on the previous Winter School edition here. For an overview of the trainers and speakers of the Winter School 2019 click on the button below. For an overview of the trainers and speakers of the Winter School 2019 click on the button below.

Guest Speakers and Trainers

Photos and blog

Read the blog by Ana Ribeiro, participant of the Winter School 2019. Take a look at the photos taken during the Winter School 2019.


The presentations by the three guest speakers can be followed by everyone via a live streamed webinar. Our guest speakers give insight into how their organisations - with a wide variety of audiovisual collections - deal with specific preservation challenges. This year's guest speakers are Kevin Lutz (Austrian Film Museum), Merle Friedrich (German National Library of Science and Technology) and Alessandra Luciano (Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg). Watch the webinars

Selection and language

The Winter School has been developed for collection holders and archivists from the Netherlands and abroad. The course language will be English. Maximum number of participants is 15. Participants selection is based on motivation and background.

Where and when

The training will take place from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 January 2019. The location of the training is the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Hilversum can be easily reached by train. A direct train from Schiphol Airport takes you straight to Hilversum, should you travel to The Netherlands by air.

Participation fee

The participation fee for the Winter School is €1,250 per person (excl. 21% VAT). This includes all training materials, lunches during the training days and the dinner on the second evening. Please note that hotel and travel expenses are not covered by the participation fee. The Winter School organisation can help you find suitable accommodation.


The following hotels are near the location of the training. Please contact the hotel of your choice directly for booking information. In case you need assistance with finding accommodation, please contact us by email.


Registration for this edition is closed. To stay updated on future editions, please fill in this form. For more information about the training, please contact us at