A board of directors, comprising the directors of the four participating consortium parties, heads Images for the Future. The secretary of the project can be found at the Sound and Vision institute, which also functions as treasurer.

Consortium partners

Images for the Future is run by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision), EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the National Archive (NA) and the Netherlands Knowledgeland Foundation (KL).

Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision has been called into life to guarantee sustainable conservation of our national audiovisual heritage, as well as disclosure to as many users as possible: professionals, educational institutions, and the general public. Sound and Vision manages 70% of the Dutch audiovisual heritage. Its collection comprises more than 700.000 hours of radio, television, film, and music, and continues to grow everyday. Check

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

As of January 1, 2010 the Filmmuseum, the Dutch Institute for Film Education, Film Bank and Holland Film merged into EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The government has given the control of cinematographic heritage and the related tasks of preservation and accessibility to EYE. The internationally renowned collection includes 37,000 movie titles. The organization comprises five areas: Collection, Presentation, Knowledge and Education, Communication and Management. Within the consortium Images for the Future EYE coordinates preservation of unique footage. See

National Archive

The National Archive forms part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OC&W) and houses close to 1000 years of national history. Documents of our colonial history, the Netherlands as a trade nation, stories about governance and democracy, and a million photos all visualize the Netherlands in the twentieth century. The organization has over 100 kilometers of archives appealing to the imagination, accessible to everyone. To preserve its extensive and valuable collection for future generations, the organization donates much of its attention to restoring and preserving vulnerable archives. Currently, the National Archive is investing in digitization. Check


Knowledgeland (KL) is an independent think tank setting itself the task of developing the Netherlands into a key region in the international knowledge economy, in a way that creates surplus value both economically and socially. To reach this goal, the organization develops strategies, projects, and learning networks. Through projects such as Digital Pioneers, City Link (‘Stedenlink’), and Creative Commons, it has become widely experienced in stimulating and facilitating innovative services in public, semi-public, and commercial domains. For Images for the Future, KL functions as a Research & Development department in developing new services, conducts research in implementing open content licenses, and carries responsibility for communication and knowledge-sharing, both within and outside the project. Check


The project activities have been divided in two workgroups; Workgroup 1, occupying itself with preservation and digitization (including the creation of a digital infrastructure), and Workgroup 2, which works on communication and developing services.

Workgroup 1
Workgroup 1 occupies itself with preservation and digitization, as well as the development of the project’s digital infrastructure. It consists of the three archival parties and is headed by EYE. Its activities have been subdivided in two sub workgroups.


Sub workgroup Preservation and Digitization of Content
The sub workgroup ‘Preservation and Digitization of Content’ has set itself the task of coordinating and executing the preservation, digitization, encoding, and meta-dating of film, video, and audio. As the various partners specialise in different areas of expertise, each has been given specific responsibilities within the consortium. The roles have been subdivided as follows:

  • Sound and Vision: preservation of video/audio and digitization/encoding of film/video/audio.
  • EYE: preservation of film.
  • National Archive: preservation and digitization of photographic material. 

Sub workgroup Digital Infrastructure
The sub workgroup ‘Digital Infrastructure’ delivers - as its end product - a distributional infrastructure that provides the best possible access to the disclosed content. Its foundation is the current Sound and Vision infrastructure. Click here for more information about the infrastructure.


Workgroup 2
Workgroup 2 has been given the task of developing and structuring activities concerning intellectual property rights, services, and business models.

For more information about Workgroup 2’s activities, check Activities.