The history of film (1895), radio (1919) and television (1951) is relatively young. That does not mean that we know everything. To gain and share more knowledge about the collections and its importance, Sound and Vision stimulates research on the history of audiovisual media.

The goal of media history research is to gain insight into the cultural and historical value of the collections of Sound and Vision, to provide information about what we keep and why, and how we can acquire collections to remain representative of Dutch audiovisual culture.

The research into the context of audiovisual media aks questions about the development of the medium, the productions and the relationship between media, society and the viewer or listener. How did these films and radio and television programs come about? How do mediums develop? This concerns both the changes in technology, the social circumstances and the economic environment in which media operate. Sound and Vision stimulates research into collections that are hardly investigated, such as commissioned film, advertising, television design.

Research improves access to the collections and opens up possibilities for reuse of audiovisual material in a national and international perspective.

Sound and Vision has a network of creators and institutions (broadcasters) that contribute to the formation of the collections and have knowledge about its contents. The institute has an agreement for strategic partnership with the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University, the University of Maastricht and the University of Groningen. The goal is to initiate joint research.

Dr. Huub Wijfjes is endowed professor at the University of Amsterdam in History of Radio and Television.

Because of increasing digitization more and more collection material or data is accessible for scientific research. This calls for different search methods that can link digital collections and software. Within the four-year project CLARIAH Sound and Vision contributes in developing a national infrastructure for research in the humanities (Digital Humanities). We do this by providing tools and demonstrators like Dive, Trove en AVResearcherXL which have been developed in other projects, and by further developing these together with user groups. For example explorative search the Sound and Vision collection.