General information

The archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision) in Hilversum, of EYE in Amsterdam, and of the National Archive in The Hague contain the visual history of the past 100 years. Films, documentaries, radiobroadcast, and television programmes comprise more than 700.000 hours worth of material. The costs for creating this oeuvre have run into the billions. The educational, cultural, and economical value of this material is unprecedented.

- We cannot let these collections go to waste -

Spread over a period of seven years, the FES (Fund for the reinforcement of Economic Structure) is providing a budget of 115 million Euros for the digitization of the Netherlands’ audiovisual memory. With it, the imminent threat of decay and loss of vulnerable films and video- and audiotapes is being taken away. During the project, a total of 91.183 hours of video, 22.086 hours of film, 98.734 hours of audio, and 2.5 million photos from these archives will be restored, preserved, digitized, and disclosed through various services. 

The main goal of the project is realising maximum accessibility to the audiovisual material for the targeted user groups (educational institutions, the general public, and the creative sector). To reach this goal, Images for the Future is developing and offering innovative services and applications. 

The project was kicked off on 1st July 2007 and has a running time of seven years.