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When IASA was founded 40 years ago few could imagine the realities with which today’s audiovisual archives are confronted.  As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the digital age for archives, libraries and museums is not an option, but a reality.  Huge digitisation projects have been or are being implemented while at the same time the production and distribution of the new content is mostly digital. 
What is the role of the audiovisual archives in this new technological environment? How distinct are the roles of the various cultural heritage institutions? What methods and techniques will ensure the accountability and continuity of the audiovisual content? How have users’ expectations been changed and what strategies have been employed to meet them?  Which is the role of international organisations and of the IASA in this new environment?  How can the National Archives of big and smallest countries can cope with this new environment?



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