EYE Film Institute Netherlands - Amsterdam
11 / 10 / 2012 - 12 / 10 / 2012

The international conference on the challenges and future of archives

Economies of the Commons (eCommons) believe that technology brings fundamental change to the way cultural heritage institutes work and the expectations their audiences have of them. Institutes are no longer the exclusive ‘holders and curators of culture’ while their audiences have become accustomed to their active roles as co-producers of culture––they want to create, curate and co-produce cultural artefacts. Through Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives we encourage re-thinking and re-imagining and create a platform to discuss the challenges and future of archives.

While the importance and benefits of uncompromised online accessibility of cultural heritage for a broad audience are beyond any doubt, in times of shrinking public budgets for culture, cultural heritage institutions need to critically evaluate their strategies, business models––and even their very place in society. Furthermore, whereas the established institutions are traditionally the designated ‘holders and curators of culture’, the internet age has brought fundamental change to the relations they have vis-a-vis their audiences. Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives will address these changes and seeks to mobilize the international sector of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) to establish a vision on and agenda for the future of our institutions.

Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives will be the biggest ‘eCommons’ yet with two streams of extraordinary keynotes, presentations, hands-on workshops and plenty of networking. The conference will look at two themes:

– The challenge of large numbers: Digitization and restoration of film, A/V and photography

– The future of archives: The Economies of Sharing & Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives

Also, for those interested in looking into the behind-the-scenes of Images for the Future, there will be very informative and hands-on site visits. eCommons 3 will serve all who are looking for visionary, theoretical and hands-on practical know how on the current challenges and the future of archives. Regular updates on the program will be posted on this website, on our Facebook page and via our Twitter stream.

Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives will take place in the brand new location of EYE Film Institute Netherlands, partner in Images for the Future and, from April 2012, resident of one of Amsterdam’s most spectacular new buildings, located across the IJ river. It’s organized by the partners in Images for the Future: the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Nationaal Archief, EYE Film Insititute Netherlands and Kennisland.