Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council conference

17 Sep 2014 to 19 Sep 2014
Riga, Latvia

Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council
Annual Conference 2014

The BAAC annual conference will be held from September 17 to 19 this year in Riga, Latvia, in the National Library of Latvia, also called „The Castle of Light” - an impressive sight and one of the largest new cultural buildings in the Northern Hemisphere in the 21st century. The conference will be hosted by the National Library of Latvia, in cooperation with the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia), the National Archives of Latvia and Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

Conference theme:
Safe and reusable: ideals versus real life

Any archive is first and foremost an institution aimed at preservation, safeguarding the holdings entrusted to it. At the same time the material is kept safe for a purpose – that purpose being the accessibility of the material now and in the future.

Though digitisation has been chosen as the solution for both preservation and facilitation of access, the analogue originals should not be discarded, but must be kept as safe as possible, maintaining their technical readability – in order to both counteract some data errors of the digitised material, and to make use of some new and better digitising technologies.

It would be interesting and useful to share experiences – both good and not so successful – in the fields of preservation and access. The following topics are offered as starting points:

  • preservation methods for the analogue material;
  • best formats for digitising, as well as digital short and long time storage;
  • provision of access to the material – either analogue or digital;
  • dealing with born digital material;
  • view of the user compared to that of the archivist.

The conference language will be English.

BAAC invites presentation proposals for the 2014 annual conference in Riga.  The closing date for submissions is 20 April 2014. All proposals must be accompanied by a brief abstract (max. 250 words), and should be sent to zane[at] More information at

On behalf of the organising committee,

Zane Grosa
President, BAAC