Reto Kromer teaching. Photo courtesy of the Film Heritage Foundation

FIAF Commissions’ Thursday Online Workshops (2023)

In June 2022, the FIAF Commissions announced a new series of online workshops covering  a wide range of topics discussed in FIAF. The first three of these workshops, hosted by the Cataloguing and Documentation Commission, took place between September and November 2022.

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 is required. Advanced levels are marked as such and will provide knowledge for those who want to explore topics into more depths. The number of participants vary depending on the nature of the specific workshop, but is generally be limited to enhance knowledge transfer and discussion. No fee is charged, but participants have to register and places are limited. Information on how and when to register will be posted below.

Forthcoming Thursday Online Workshops:

14 September 2023

5pm (CET)

“Institutionalized Curation”: Online Workshop/Debate

Duration: 1.30 hrs

Organized/presented by: Stefan Ramstedt (Host, curator at the Swedish Film Institute, PACC, corresponding member), Jon Wengström (Presenter, Senior curator at the Swedish Film Institute), Jurij Meden (Presenter, Head of Program at the Austrian Film Museum).

Limited to 30 participants (extended to 50 by popular demand)

Target group: Anyone interested in questions related to curating and exhibiting film within an archival setting.

Content: To complement the discussions on film curation/programming within an independent and art related context, PACC is organizing a debate between Jon Wengström and Jurij Meden about the specifics of curating in a film archive institution. Wengström and Meden will share their ideas about the role of traditional cinema exhibition practice, current and possible future access policies, and how to navigate local traditions and coping with bureaucratic, political or corporate demands whilst working with film historiographical issues. Enough time would be allocated for questions from the audience.

Registrations for this workshop are now closed as we have reached full capacity.

19 October 2023

5pm (CET)

“METS and Premis in your Film Archive - A Case Study from the Cinémathèque suisse”

Duration: 2 hrs

Organised/presented by: Adelheid Heftberger (Host, Head of the CDC), Rebecca Rochat (Presenter, head of non-film digital heritage), Robin Francois (Presenter, digital archivist), and Maryline Monnerat (Presenter, documentalist at the film department), all from the Cinémathèque suisse.

Limited to 20 participants.

Target group: Everyone interested in using METS and/or Premis in their digital workflows and information management systems. A basic understanding of filmographic and technical metadata will be beneficial but is not required.

Content: The Cinématèque suisse will present the results of their pilot project in implementing METS and Premis in their digital workflows and integrating these standards in their cataloguing system. After the presentation we will discuss questions by the participants.

Registrations will be open nearer the time of the Workshop. Watch this space.