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Thursday, September 21 • 10:00 - 10:30
To be or not to be – Preserving the audiovisual collections of the Viennese Burgtheater and the recordings of USIS

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In 2013, the Österreichische Mediathek started an ongoing cooperation with Austrians national theater, the Viennese Burgtheater to preserve and make available the theaters own collection of unique audiovisual recordings. The Burgtheater recorded every premiere since its reopening in 1955 and thereby accumulated a collection of more than 1500 stage plays recorded on different types of media such as reel-to-reel audio tapes, DAT, minidiscs, VHS and – most recently – recordings that are already born digital. All these different types of recordings were transferred in a standardized digital format and hereby made available to signed in users at the Austrian Mediathek for listening in its entirety for the very first time.
A few years earlier, in 2008, another collection of national importance found its way into our archive: The Wienbibliothek (the Viennese Library) gave over more than 4000 reel-to-reel tapes of the United States Information Service (USIS), a US public diplomacy unit which produced broadcasts for Austrian radio stations in the 1950s and 1960s.
These recordings - which recently became part of UNESCOs national “Memory of the world” register - were also digitized as part of a project (“Österreich am Wort”) in which we presented some few thousand files of our archive on our website.
On the basis of these two collections I’d like to show in an exemplary way the possibilities of cooperation between Archives and other cultural institutions to preserve cultural heritage and moreover how archives can deal with audiovisual collections in an integrated manner in the digital era.

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Pio Pellizzari

Director, Swiss National Sound Archives

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Stefan Kaltseis

Team Leader Digitization, Österreichische Mediathek

Thursday September 21, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 1 (Auditorium, off the Lower Foyer) Lansstraße 8, Berlin, Germany

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