Access is one of the four innovation fields, or starting points for research and development. Gaining knowledge on all forms of making the collection available is essential for Sound and Vision.


In our society and in the media landscape a lot takes place online, or is well on its way to. The demand for online access to audiovisual heritage material and new forms of supply and use is also increasing. In a network with a wide variety of providers and user groups, Sound and Vision as a heritage institution transforms into a hub. It is a complex playing field, which demands a lot from the organization: organizational, procedural and in the technical field.

The innovation field Access covers topics that deal with granting access to the Sound and Vision collection. Based on knowledge on use and users, and with the help of available metadata and context information.

A distinction is made between:

  • traditional forms of access through a web portal such as;
  • alternative forms of access through links with external parties, or;
  • museological forms of access.


The gained knowledge helps Sound and Vision in developing and shaping the various forms of access. Knowledge helps to anticipate organizationally and process-oriented to new forms of access. For example, we collect knowledge and new ideas on alternative forms of presentation in a museum context and knowledge on topics related to copyright and open access. Furthermore, we gain knowledge and practical experience on technical developments such as search and recommendation technology and infrastructures.