Day 1 / Session 1: After Images for the Future: What Images for the Future Has Delivered


Over a period of seven years the Images for the Future project has set out to rescue the audiovisual memory of The Netherlands and make it accessible in digital form the public, educational uses and the creative sector (including broadcasters).

This effort has been undertaken by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Dutch National Archives and Kennisland. The archives contain the visual history of The Netherlands of the past 100 years. In all more than 100,000 hours of moving image, 98,734 hours of audio and millions of still images have been digitized. This unique effort, both in scale and rigor, was made possible through a strategic investment of the FES (Fund for the reinforcement of Economic Structure) over a period of seven years.

After the word of welcome from Sarah den Hamer (director, EYE), William Uricchio (MIT) gave the opening keynote. He stated that Images for the Future is more than the rescue of our memory of heritage––it has also been a laboratory where necessary experiments occur. “There is no way we are going to march into the future and know everything. We are in a moment of transition and need to think about possibilities to make the cultural heritage available and accessible for future generations.”

Session 1: After Images for the Future kicked off with a presentation from Paul Keller (Kennisland) who analyzed the accessibility of the digitized material for different user groups. Representatives of these user groups, Frank van Amerongen (ThiemeMeulenhoff educational publishers), Albert-Jan Vonk (Leonardo Da Vinci Schools), Jill Cousins (Europeana) and Freek van ‘t Ooster (iMMovator), reflected on how they have benefitted from Images for the future and where they see room for improvement. What has the Images for the Future project delivered with regards to accessibility of the digitized material, in how far has the project made good on the promise to provide access to the digitized material, what have been the challenges in doing so and how does this play out for the different user groups served by the project?

Welcome (Sandra den Hamer – EYE)

Keynote William Uricchio (MIT)

Session 1: After-Images for the Future – What Images for the Future Has Delivered

Paul Keller (Kennisland): Introduction

Panel: After Images for the Future