Med-Mem : Audiovisual Mediterranean Memories

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30th November, 1st and 2nd December 2010 (Alexandria, Egypt)

The training session “How to build and implement a safeguard plan for audiovisual archives”, organized in the framework of the project Med-Mem, was held from 30th November to 2nd December 2010 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypte).

The training of professionals and the establishment of archives safeguard dynamics seem to be fundamental issues in order to preserve our shared memory. Having this in mind, within the good practices activity of the project Med-Mem, it was envisaged to draft a safeguard manual for the Mediterranean audiovisual archives.

To this end, the Moroccan television (SNRT), in charge of this initiative, had prepared and distributed a questionnaire aimed at assessing practices and needs of the archives of the project partners and associates with regard to safeguard and digitization. The collected data allowed a precise analysis of concrete necessities of these archives, as well as a higher level of reflection.

The exchanges of ideas, experiences and competences among all the participants in this training session – archivists, heads of archives, technicians and other professionals of the audiovisual sector – were the basis to start structuring the safeguard manual, which will represent, once completed, a benchmark in this field and will be available online from the future Med-Mem website.

At the end of the session, the participants in this very productive training were invited by ERTU to visit the Egyptian television archive department, in Cairo, for a concrete professional exchange on the field.

Read the press release