DAS 2014: Wim De Waele, CEO of iMinds
The Flemish Institute for Archiving or VIAA digitises, stores and provides access to audiovisual material, photos, documents, etc., together with partners from the cultural, heritage and media sectors. VIAA was founded on 21 December 2012 by the Flemish Government, in response to projects that showed there was a great demand for a more integrated approach to the digital storage of and access to our heritage. VIAA was tasked with providing digitization, preservation, and access services for the cultural heritage of Flemish history, beginning with an estimated 600,000 hours of audio and video material. In twelve months, the organization has gone from startup to functioning archive, with a storage and asset management infrastructure up and running and digitization well under way. This case study will examine how VIAA developed their services and infrastructure in such a short timeline and the challenges of establishing a flexible, multi-tenant system to support the growing number of content providing organizations. Co-Presenter was Seth Anderson of AVPreserve.