From 23-25 October Abby and Eggo were at the FIAT/IFTA (Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / The International Federation of Television Archives) conference in Dubrovnik to present CADEAH, meet with archives and archivists, and enjoy the atmosphere of being around so many people passionate about audiovisual heritage.

Abby and Eggo presented CADEAH on the second day of the conference, in a panel on “Measuring, Tracking, and Tracing Your Content.” We gave an introduction to the aims of the project, talked about the technology we’re developing, the ideas behind tracking and tracing, and even played a bit of a vaporwave video to show what might happen when audiovisual heritage is used by the public. It was great to be able to showcase what we are aiming to do in front of some of the people who care most.

We also participated in round-table discussions about academic research and audiovisual archives and historic anniversaries as triggers for researching and using audiovisual archives in crossmedia landscapes, something close to the project’s heart, where we got to compare our project and what we do with what archivists are doing to connect research to archives and archives to events.

In panels throughout the three days, we got to hear about the questions and issues that archivists are dealing with on a regular basis. How to make archival material easy to find and accessible for the public? How can the public be incorporated into archival projects? How to attract different age groups to the archives? At the same time, however, how can archives be responsible about how they make material available, particularly when it comes to contested and violent histories? It was interesting to hear how archives think of these questions, ones that are closely connected to the questions that CADEAH asks.

We also had a chance to meet with representatives from INA’s Signature program, who have been developing fingerprinting software for audiovisual archives. As we develop our own software and begin to ask questions about how, and why, audiovisual material is tracked and traced online, we are looking forward to developing this contact further. Similarly, we got to meet with archivists and archives throughout Europe and beyond, and we hope to develop these contacts into more robust collaborations.

All in all, it was a great experience in sunny Dubrovnik. Thank you to FIAT/IFTA for having us!