Common Problems – Shared Solutions

When & Where

  • From 17-03-20  
  • To 19-03-20 
  • Location AISTSIS

    Mabo Room, AIATSIS 51 Lawson Crescent, Acton. Australian Capital Territory 2601, 2601, AIATSIS.


Communities and cultural institution across Australia are custodians of invaluable collections of audiovisual memories and stories. These recordings tell the stories of the people and communities of our country, identity, history and culture.

But these audiovisual memories and stories are at risk of being lost as they are held in fragile and obsolete magnetic tapes.

Common Problems – Shared Solutions is a free, three-day symposium, jointly presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), to identify common issues and practices in process, archiving platforms and metadata.

The symposium will explore opportunities for harmonisation and interoperability amongst the collecting communities, organisations and institutions. Participants will discuss possible collaborations, opportunities, actions and solutions for organisations with a cultural collection and develop frameworks to facilitate and support the ongoing care and maintenance of these collections.

A key component will be to canvas collaborative approaches that can provide improved availability of knowledge, devices, spare parts and engineering staff, to extend the preservation and management of at risk ferromagnetic materials (video, audio and data) for the immediate and long term future.

This symposium will draw together leaders in collection management, engineering, technical and senior digitisation staff from Australian and State/Territory Government institutions, First Nations and community media organisations, together with industry representatives and peak bodies.

UNESCO identified the year 2025 as a critical date, after which it may not be possible to play and preserve the content recorded on these tapes.

Join us in Canberra to explore how we can work together to extend that 2025 deadline and preserve Australia’s recorded heritage and history for future generations.

Register your interest

  •   Day 1: Cultural sector organisational landscape – local and international
  •   Day 2: Shared issues, capabilities vs requirements
  •   Day 3: frameworks, initiatives and outcomes
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 to Thursday, 19 March 2020
Mabo Room, AIATSIS
51 Lawson Crescent, Acton.
Australian Capital Territory


Mark Denbow (AIATSIS)
P 02 6246 1188 |  

Miguel Gonzalez (NFSA)
P 02 8202 0114 |

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