Important Dates

JIST-first Deadline Sept. 18, 2016
Submission Deadline Nov. 21, 2016
Notification of Acceptance mid Dec. 2016
Early Registration Ends
April 19, 2017
Short Courses Start May 15, 2017
Conference Starts
May 16, 2017


House of the Blackheads in Old Town Riga Archiving 2017

May 15 – 18, 2017
Riga, Latvia

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to explore and discuss the field of digitization of cultural heritage and archiving. The conference presents the latest research results on digitization and curation, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2017 is a blend of short courses, keynote talks, peer-reviewed oral and interactive (poster) presentations, an exhibit, and social events offering attendees a unique opportunity for gaining and exchanging knowledge and building networks among professionals.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tours

IS&T is pleased to offer six Behind-the-Scenes Tours during Archiving 2017. All tours will take place Wednesday afternoon. They are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour registration information and logistic details will be sent immediately following the early registration deadline to anyone registered by that date. Those who register after the early registration deadline will receive the tour registration form at that time. Please note that most tours will be within walking or public transport distance; attendees are responsible for getting themselves to the tour site. Shared taxis will be arranged as needed.

Latvian National Museum of Art

15:45 – 17­:15 (1.5 hours)    Limit: 30 participants

The Latvian National Museum of Art houses more than 90,000 works of art. The tour will be of the main facility, which reopened in May 2016 after extensive renovation and upgrading. Housed in an architectural gem, with a classical baroque facade and ornate sculptural details throughout, the building houses ~40,000 works of art. During the tour you will see the permanent exhibit of “Art in Latvia: 19th-20th Century”—beginning with 19th Century art examples from the Baltic region and continuing with the development of art in Latvia from the mid-19th Century until the 1990s. In the Great Exhibition hall, there is also the exhibition “Universal formula of Art” about Latvian Avant-Garde artist Romans Suta (1896-1944).
    The Museum has  four more venues across the city:
•    LNMA Exhibition hall “Arsenals”: The 1,000 m2 hall organizes about 5 exhibitions every year. The Building also houses storage for collections of art in Latvia dated ‘1945-today’.
•    Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova: Housed in an historical Art Deco apartment, the museum showcases the Avant-Garde works of a famous couple of artists from the 1920s-1930s.
•    Museum of Decorative Arts and Design: Showcases the development of professional Applied Art and Design in Latvia from the 19th Century thru the present.
•    Art Museum “Riga Bourse: This museum houses foreign art collections, including important collections of Western European and Russian art. Ancient art is represented by collections from Egypt, Rome, and Greece. The museum also has Decorative and Applied Art collections from Asia and the Far East.

The tour begins with a 30-minute discussion of the museum’s digitization practices in the conference hall, followed by an ~1 hour guided tour of the museum’s galleria with Iveta Derkusova, deputy director of collections.

Museum of Energy (Latvenergo)

Andrejsala Depositories and Archives
15:30 – 17­:00 (1.5 hours)    Limit: 20 participants

The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme was launched in 1992 with the aim to identify documental heritage of importance for the world history, i.e. documents that have been written, drawn, engraved, or otherwise fixed on a medium to reflect the history of the world. As such documents represent a fragile and disappearing part of the memory of the world, the Programme ensures that they are preserved and protected, and facilitates their accessibility and study. In November 2009, the originals of the collection of glass plate photonegatives taken by the photographer and cinematographer Eduards Kraucs, titled “The process of Ķegums hydropower plant construction 1936–1940”, was added to the Latvian National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. The Museum of Energy collection consists of 1,736 glass plate photonegatives documenting the construction of Ķegums hydropower plant. It represents the only photographic documentation project of this scale depicting a construction site in Europe. Physical artifacts and other documentary evidence of the beginnings of power industry in Latvia is also displayed.

The tour will include a presentation about the glass plate photonegative collection and the museum’s activities related to digitalization. Participants will also view the rest of the museum’s inventory, with various items from 100-year-old insulators to 20th-century household items and appliances, all related to energy.

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Audiovisual Archive
15:30 – 17­:00 (1.5 hours)    Limit: 10 participants

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia was established in 1993 to exhibit and archive artifacts and documents, and to educate the public about the 51-year period during which Latvia was successively occupied by the USSR (1940/ 1941), Nazi Germany (1941/1945), and again by the USSR (1944/1991) until its independence. The museum is known for its large collection of video testimonies, which have been digitalized (2,301 video interviews, length of  ~4141 hours). The video testimonies in the collection of the Museum are narratives of persons whose lives were dramatically influenced by the Soviet and/or Nazi occupation policies (e.g., deportees, refugees, or eyewitnesses of significant historical events), and they serve as a primary historical source.

The tour includes a discussion of this project, as well as the museum’s  8mm film digitalization efforts, given by the Head of the Audiovisual Archive, Lelde Neimane.

National Archives of Latvia

Department of Preventive Preservation
15:45 – 16:45 (1 hour)    Limit: 15 participants

During the tour, participants have the opportunity to learn about the work of the Department of Preventive Preservation of the National Archives of Latvia, whose main task is to assure the preservation of National documentary heritage. The tour walks participants through the entire digitizing process: preparation of materials, digitizing, post-process, and usage of digital copies. The tour will discuss the various materials that are digitized (card files, books, parchment, seals, maps, etc.) and how they are individually handled.  For example, the department uses scanners with different technical parameters (speed of digitization, size, etc.) for different originals. These dependencies, as well as storage methods and accessibility of digital copies, will be described.

National Archives of Latvia

The Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents (LVKFFDA)
15:45 – 17:15 (1.5 hours)    Limit: 25 participants

The Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents (LVKFFDA) of the National Archives of Latvia was established in 1963 with the aim to: collect photo, audiovisual and sound documents; provide high-quality saving of the accumulated documents; and ensure the use of available documents. The depositories of the Archive contain approximately 97 thousand film items, 1.7 million documentary photographs, more than 50,000 sound records, and more than 6,000 units of electronic data and

LVKFFDA carries out the digitization of the documents in accordance with the annual plans of the Archives and following researcher’s requests. LVKFFDA is constantly digitizing sound recordings (since 1998), photo documents (since 2003), and different formats of cinema and video documents (since 2006). LVKFFDA primarily digitizes particularly valuable, unique documents or documents in bad physical condition. Most digitized documents are available at the LVKFFDA.

The tour includes a guided excursion of the Archive. Participations will see the depositories of the Archive, including examples of photo, sound, and audiovisual documents, and will discuss the Archive’s activities related to digitization.

National Library of Latvia

Digitization Center and Collection of Audio-visual Resources
15:30 – 17­:30 (2 hours)    Limit: 40 participants

This tour is dedicated to digitization, preservation, restoration, and audio-visual collections in the National Library of Latvia.

The Digitization Center of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) carries out digitization of physical collections in accordance with the LNB content guidelines and on readers’ demands. The LNB is constantly digitizing newspapers, posters, maps, sound recordings, and manuscripts. The Digitization Center has a large-format scanner that enables scanning of materials up to A0 format, a book scanning robot, and a roll scanner, as well as other scanning devices for small format materials. The Digitization Center also ensures post-processing of digitized files, such as OCR and segmentation. The major part of digitization results can be accessed at and

The main function of the Restoration Center is to promote longevity of the LNB collections by using various conservation methods. The Restoration Center carries out restoration and conservation of collections (disinfection, stabilizing, and object adaptation for the safe storage), creates binding, and makes preventive measures for successful conservation of collections..

The Collection of Audio-visual Resources of the LNB holds one of the largest collections of published sound recordings in Latvia, covering the period from the beginning of 20th century until present. It includes sound recordings (records, audio cassettes, CDs), video recordings (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray), multimedia discs (CD- and DVD-ROM), as well as variety of language learning sets. Open access collection includes books on the history of sound recording, recording techniques and playback, digital audio, discographies, general reference books in cinema, movie guides, as well as magazines and periodicals.

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