Preservation is one of the four areas of innovation, or starting points for research and development. Building knowledge about preservation is essential for Sound and Vision.

How do we ensure the usability of digital files in the short and long term, including new digital born phenomena such as online video, video art, interactive productions, games and virtual reality?


Ensuring the usability of digital files in the short and long term is necessary. During the seven year project Images for the Future, Sound an Vision became an expert in converting analog-to-digital carriers, but technology rumbles on and digital files age quickly. The new challenge is to guarantee the availability of these files for future user groups of all kinds. The archive must also be able to move with the possibilities of digital media and seek solutions to save interactive creations and keep them accessible.


Sound and Vision optimizes its digital archive by joining international standards such as the Open Archival Information System (OAIS). By obtaining a standardized certificate, entitled Trusted Digital Repository, the archive will also demonstrate its stability to the outside world. To meet the guidelines of OAIS, an archive needs to follow technological developments closely. That's why we follow developments in research groups and the media industry on management systems, file formats, opportunities and threats and then establish those. On the user side, we gather needs and developments in the user environment.

We follow trends and developments in order to predict their impact on decisions we have to make within the archive. Sound and Vision is closely involved in national and international research projects in this field. For example, we actively participate in the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed and keep knowledge about preservation up to date via the PrestoCentre Network.