The new AV Competence Centre - entitled PrestoCentre - is a membership driven, non-profit organisation that will serve stakeholders in audiovisual digitisation and digital preservation in Europe. It will continue and expand the work of the EU-funded 'Presto' projects and will launch at the "Screening the Future Conference" in Amsterdam on 14 & 15 March 2011.
The conference will connect small and large archives, service providers, vendors, funders, policymakers and educators developing solutions to the most urgent questions facing audiovisual archiving. AV stakeholders in Europe and beyond are invited to attend the conference and to join the celebration of the launch of PrestoCentre.
For registration and information visit: www.prestocentre.eu
PrestoCentre is an initiative of five large national audiovisual and broadcast archives in Europe:
• British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC);
• l’Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA);
• Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid);
• Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF);
• Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI).
For more than a decade, these archives have worked together with R&D partners including DIGITAL in the EU-funded 'Presto' projects to bring together expertise and experience in AV digitisation and preservation in Europe.
The goal of PrestoCentre is now to make sure that the knowledge and dedication that was built up in these projects persists and does not 'fade away'.