The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (‘Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid’) is a cultural-historical organization of national interest. It collects, preserves and opens the audiovisual heritage for as many users as possible: media professionals, education, science and the general public. In addition, the institute develops and disseminates knowledge in the area of audiovisual archiving, digitization and media history.
Sound and Vision (‘Beeld en Geluid’) has one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. The institute manages over 70 percent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage. The collection contains more than 750.000 hours of television, radio, music and film from the beginning in 1898 until today. All programs of the Dutch public broadcasters come in digitally every day. Individuals and institutions entrust their collection to Sound and Vision as well. The institute ensures that the material is optimally preserved for (re)use. Broadcasters, producers and editors use the archive for the creation of new programs. The collection is also used to develop products and services for a wide audience, such as exhibitions, iPhone applications, DVD boxes and various websites.
Digitization is an essential part of conservation. For this purpose, ‘Images for the Future’ started in 2007, a joint project of Sound and Vision, Eye Film Institute Netherlands, the National Archive and the Foundation Netherlands Knowledge Land with the object to preserve and digitize audiovisual material on a large scale. At the end of the project in 2014, 91,183 hours of video, 22,086 hours of film, 98,734 hours of audio material and over 2.5 million pictures will be digitized and made accessible to the public.
The Experience shows the wonderful world of television. Temporary exhibitions also take place here. Visitors can read the news, be a real star on stage or act in a soap opera. Dutch radio and television personalities virtually show the visitors around in the world of radio and TV. They get a glimpse behind the scenes and learn about life in the spotlights. While the kids are singing, dancing, producing or acting, parents and grandparents can sit down in an easy chair and enjoy the video and audio material from the thirties until now. The Experience also displays the original dolls from, amongst others, the children’s series The Fabeltjeskrant and Paulus de Boskabouter.
Sound and Vision feels very strongly about education. A central theme in the mission of the institute is the idea of ‘media wisdom’: the whole of knowledge, skills and mentality that citizens use to consciously, critically and actively take part in a complex, changing and fundamentally mediatized world. Therefore, Sound and Vision has developed different educative cross-media programs and products about one hundred years of audiovisual history, especially for scholars and students. Every year, many schools visit Sound and Vision to experience these programs. At home, at school and in the Experience: Sound and Vision has a challenging offer for every target group and every educational setting!
The collection of Sound and Vision contains the complete radio and television archives of the Dutch public broadcasters; films of virtually every leading Dutch documentary maker; newsreels; the national music depot; various audiovisual corporate collections; advertising, radio and video material of cultural and social organizations, of scientific institutes and of all kinds of educational institutions. There are also collections of images and articles from the history of Dutch broadcasting itself, like the elaborate collection of historical television sets.
The responsibility of Sound and Vision is the management and accessibility of the audiovisual material. This requires a lot of expertise. Sound and Vision continually researches the best ways to preserve, digitize, catalogue and describe the audiovisual material and make it accessible to the general public. In doing so, the institute works closely with other archival institutions, scientific organizations and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. The knowledge that Sound and Vision gains, is again made available to third parties. For example: the National Archive uses the thesaurus developed at Sound and Vision, and the Royal Library will soon use the storage that is developed for and by Sound and Vision for backing up its entire digital collection.
Sound and Vision is a foundation with a supervisory council and a board. The Dutch minister of education, culture and science appoints the chair of the Supervisory Council. The Netherlands Public Broadcasting (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, NPO) appoints three members of the council. The other three are appointed by the council itself. The Managing Director manages the foundation.
Guusje ter Horst (chair): Senator for PvdA (Dutch labour party)
Annet Aris: Deputy Professor of Strategy at INSEAD (international business school)
Lucas Goes: Managing Director of BNN (Dutch public broadcaster)
Henk Hagoort: Chair of the Board of Directors of NPO
Mark Minkman: Business Director of VARA (Dutch public broadcaster)
Eric van Stade:Managing Director of SBS Broadcasting B.V.
Ernst Veen:Director of Hermitage (exhibition center) in Amsterdam