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We are excited to announce that the second episode of the Stories of Audiovisual Archives Podcast is finally up. This podcast is brought to you by the Audiovisual Think Tank (AVTT), a group of people working with audiovisual archives around the world, exploring challenges and seeking ways to promote and sustain our audiovisual heritage.

The theme of this episode is “The Importance of Audiovisual Archives” and we explore the importance of archives in combating misinformation, as well as, we learn more about audiovisual archives in Ghana.

In the first part of this episode, Rachel Somers Miles interviews Judith Opoku Boateng. Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Judith has rich experience in collecting, preserving and making accessible multifaceted audiovisual heritage materials. We are also excited to announce that she is the latest person to join the AVTT family.

In the second part, Bill Thompson presents an audio essay which he first presented at the start of May during a conference organised by Louise Broch at Dansk Kulturarv to discuss cultural heritage. Here he argues that we should be offering our archives to train tomorrow’s machine learning systems.

Have a listen below and let us know what you think. Get in touch with us via email at avthinktank@beeldengeluid.nl, we’d love to hear from you!