About Sound and Vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is an advanced and trendsetting audiovisual archive and museum that has successfully found its way into the digital domain. It maintains and provides access to more than 70 per cent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage, comprising more than 1,000,000 hours of television, radio, music, film and web video.

Sound and Vision aims to give as many people as possible access to the Dutch audiovisual heritage: media professionals, school children, scientists and the general public. By digitizing a considerable part of its collection, the institute is able to safeguard this material for the future and make it accessible to the creative industry, researchers and students. To service the general public, Sound and Vision operates as an interactive museum that is annually visited by over 265,000 people. In addition to the permanent ‘Beeld en Geluid experience’, the museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions, film screenings and events, both in-house and off-site. Sound and Vision also uploads a growing amount of archive footage to the web and encourages re-use by making much of it available under a Creative Commons license.

Sound and Vision has a highly-valued Research & Development department and is a respected partner in a wide range of research projects. The research agenda includes themes such as building search interfaces to meet the expectations of various user groups, new annotation approaches, innovative interaction models (such as second-screen applications) and digital preservation for long-term access. The institute is active in the international organizations FIAT/IFTA, IASA, EBU and UNESCO, and home to PrestoCentre, the competence centre on digital audiovisual preservation.