Adelheid Heftberger giving a lecture at the 2021 Digital Archives Summer School in Potsdam. Photo Christophe Dupin/FIAF

FIAF Commissions’ Thursday Online Workshops (2022)

[Please note that these workshops have now taken place.]

The FIAF Commissions are pleased to announce that they have been developing a new series of workshop that will begin in the autumn of 2022. These workshops intend to cover a wide range of topics discussed in FIAF. They are planned as online events and will be conducted in English.

The basic idea is rooted in what libraries have done for some time now and which is called Library Carpentry. Rather than inviting external experts, trained people from libraries teach each other basic concepts which will also revolve around data literacy (introductions to Open Refine, Python, GitHub etc.). We could expand that format and think of other ones to accompany this very technical focus.

We also want to address current debates revolving around sustainability, long term archiving and online presentation. How can we digitise, archive and present digital media by taking questions of rights, formats and the environment into consideration?

The workshops are planned as virtual events for the moment and might later be extended to in-person events.

Possible formats include presentations plus a panel discussion and hands-on teaching. More can be developed as we gain experience. We don’t aim at experts. Usually, no previous experience will be required. Advanced levels will be marked as such and will provide knowledge for those who want to explore topics into more depths. The number of participants will vary depending on the nature of the specific workshop, but will generally be limited to enhance knowledge transfer and discussion. No fee will be charged, but participants will have to register and places will be limited. Information on how and when to register will follow shortly. The first threeof these workshops will be held by the Cataloguing and Documentation Commission in the autumn of 2022. See details below.

Further Thusrsday Workshops have been announced for 2023.

15 September 2022

5 p.m. (CET)

“Share your data - from mapping to knowledge graphs” (working title)

Duration: 3 hrs

Organized/presented by: Adelheid Heftberger (host, Head of the CDC), Paul Duchesne (presenter)

Limited to 20 participants.

Target group: Everyone interested in mapping data, knowledge graphs, ontologies. No expertise needed, but some basic understanding of metadata schemas, ontologies, semantic web will be beneficial..

Content: All participants create imaginary institutions with one or two film prints in each and we build a knowledge graph out of the different data sets, and show federated queries, cross institution analytics, etc. [The CDC regards this workshop a continuation of what we presented at the commission’s workshop in Budapest.]

15 December 2022


5 p.m. (CET)

“Introducing and using VIAN - an open source video analysis software”

Duration: 4 hrs

Organized/presented by: Adelheid Heftberger (host, Head of the CDC), Barbara Flückiger (presenter)

Limited to 20 participants - the practical part will be in two groups of 10 participants.

Target group: Everyone interested in learning more about video analysis software and how it could be used in film archives for data analysis and the presentation of video/metadata. No prior knowledge of this software needed. Just bring your own questions of how VIAN could be useful in your institution or for your own research.

Content: All participants learn how to use VIAN. Short theoretical introduction plus practical examples and time to explore the software. In a final discussion the group will discuss possible use cases and corresponding requirements.

Please note that this Workshop had to be cancelled because of the non-availability of the guest speaker.

24 November 2022

5 p.m. (CET)

“Using ffmpeg in a film archive - convert, concatenate and prepare your files for your use case - Beginners level"

Duration: 3 hrs

Organized/presented by: Adelheid Heftberger (host, Head of the CDC), Reto Kromer (presenter)

Limited to 10 participants.

Target group: Beginners welcome! Anyone interested in automatising workflows with ffmpeg within a film archive. A course for advanced users of ffmpeg is planned in 2023.

Content: Practical examples will include converting, concatenating and integrating logos, watermarks and time codes. Prerequisite is the installation of ffmpeg and working in the command line.