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The Non-Cinematic Audiovisual Works: Documentation, Archival and Access project (hereinafter referred to as Videoarchiv), implemented under the auspices of the Národní filmový archiv, aims to create a long-term sustainable strategy for preserving and providing access to audiovisual works outside of the context of cinema. The project proceeds from the initial premise of digitization and digital preservation of works, originally created in a wide range of professional as well as amateur analogue and digital image formats, which are currently technically difficult to reproduce. The aim is to create the infrastructure, methodological procedures and digital standards for the long-term preservation of such works and retain them in the best possible quality while also providing access using online tools. The project calls for a long-term collaboration between the Národní filmový archiv and fine arts collection management institutions and for the implementation of developed methods and procedures into the collection and exhibition activities of such entities.

The project will be implemented in 2020–2023 on the basis of multidisciplinary cooperation between a team of historians and digital archival specialists, designed to provide a critical evaluation of audiovisual elements within the context of Czech fine arts; project outputs will include the publication of original manuscripts as well as online access to significant works.

Key project outputs

The primary strategy of the Videoarchive project is to digitize and preserve digital versions of historical image formats that will no longer be available in the future. The development of an infrastructure for the digitization of historical image media thus constitutes a key project output. The new National Film Archive workplace will be capable of digitizing a wide range of analogue and digital tape media, including e.g. BetacamSP, DigiBeta, miniDV, VHS and Hi8.

This infrastructure will be linked to a data repository and a specialized public database designed to provide access to annotations and previews of archived works.
The project simultaneously seeks a historical and theoretical reflection of the moving image phenomenon; project output will thus include a series of studies, an expert publication and a series of online exhibitions.

Implementation team

Mgr. Sylva Poláková, Ph.D. (project leader)
MgA. Martin Blažíček Ph.D. (project mannager)

Ing. Michal Klodner, Ph.D., MA. MRes. Markéta Jonášová, Mgr. Jan Trnka, Ph.D., Mgr. et Mgr. Marie Barešová, Ph.D., PhDr. Mgr. Ladislav Cubr, Ph.D.

Technical infrastructure:
Ing. Michal Klodner, Ph.D., BcA. Jonáš Svatoš, Josef Vítovec

Research and publications:
Mgr. Sylva Poláková a Mgr. Martin Mazanec, Ph.D. (editoři publikace), doc. Mgr. Tomáš Pospiszyl, Ph.D., PhDr. Kateřina Svatoňová, Ph.D., Mgr. Eva Krátká, Ph.D., Ing. Michal Klodner, Ph.D., MA. MRes. Markéta Jonášová, RP Matěj Forejt, MgA. Matěj Strnad, MgA. Martin Blažíček Ph.D.

On-line exhibitions:
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Pospiszyl, Ph.D., Mgr Lenka Střeláková, Mgr. Martin Mazanec, Ph.D.