How much has been digitised up to now?

In a period of seven years, 91,183 hours of video, 22,086 hours of film, 98,734 hours of audio and 2.5 million photos have been preserved and digitised. The organisations of Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), EYE and the Nationaal Archief (Dutch National Archives) have largely contracted out the orders for this large-scale digitisation in Europe.

At the moment, 60% of the planned amount of film material has been digitised, 86% of the planned amount of video, 57% of the planned amount of audio and 88% of the planned amount of photographs.

Digitisation is a laborious process. For example, with the encoding of digital Betacam, each individual file is opened and assessed on contents and quality. With film, there are many cases of damage that must first be repaired. This material can therefore only be digitised to a high quality after thorough restoration and preservation.

Part of the digitised images has become available via the Open Images platform (www.openimages.eu) and can therefore also be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. More than 550 entries on Wikipedia have now been provided with audiovisual material from the Open Images collection. This gives a great range. For example, entries that contain images from Open Images were looked at 1.2 million times during December 2010.

Another site where many digitised images in Images for the Future can be found is the image bank of the Nationaal Archief (www.gahetna.nl/collectie/afbeeldingen/fotocollectie). Films are mainly offered via the Ximon platform (www.ximon.nl).

At the moment, there are two special services for education: Academia and ED*IT. Academia (www.academia.nl) offers online access to thousands of hours of video and audio for higher education in the Netherlands. ED*IT (www.ed-it.nu) is an education platform for students and teachers of primary and secondary education and senior secondary vocational education.