The James A. Lindner Prize

The James A. Lindner Prize is awarded jointly by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), referred to below as “the Associations”.

The Prize is awarded to an individual, group of individuals or an organization for research, which by its originality, breath and scope, is having or may have a major impact on the technology of preservation of moving images and recorded sound.

The Prize is intended to recognize and reward outstanding contributions to research in the field of the technology of preservation of moving images and recorded sound. The research or achievement for which the award is made, must be:

  • Available for publication or dissemination so that others may benefit from it
  • An original contribution to the sum total of professional knowledge in the field
  • Technically relevant to the needs of AV archives or other organizations that have custody of the materials
  • Technology based; may belong to any aspect of audiovisual technology in its broadest sense

The Prize will not be biased by media type and is envisaged to incorporate the preservation of moving images and recorded sound and any other sensory based technology in its widest possible definition for the widest possible application.

As a technology prize, it is not intended to be awarded for contributions in other areas, such as content or artistic achievement.

Applicants/Nominees for the Prize may be individuals, groups of individuals, organizations or corporations. Preference will be given to those who have not previously received the award.

The Prize is a certificate and a citation, accompanied by a cash amount determined by the Associations. It is based on merit and selected by a joint Prize Committee appointed by the Associations.

The cash award for the Prize is provided through a generous grant by James A. Lindner.

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2011

Application form

The Prize will be awarded at the IASA Annual Conference to be held 3 - 8 September 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. Recipients will be notified mid-August.



The inaugural recipients in 2008 of the James A. Lindner Prize are the team behind the Sound Archive Project, based in the Electro-Mechanical Research Group in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK: Professor J.W. McBride (Group Leader and Main Investigator), Professor M. Hill (Co-investigator), Dr. P. Boltryk (Research Staff), Mr. A. Nasce, (Research Student) and Miss Z. Zhao (Research Student). The Project developed methods for the digitisation of historic, grooved analogue audio media (i.e. cylinders, discs), using non-contact 3-D optical scanning and processing.

The second prize was awarded in 2011 to Stefano Cavaglieri, Ottar Johnsen, Frédéric Bapst, Thierry Fumey and Rolf Ingold for Visual Audio, “a practical and innovative approach to the restoration and preservation of the sound of mechanical recordings”. The principle involves taking a high resolution analog picture of each side of either a coarse-, vertical-, lateral-, or microgroove record, then scanning the film and processing the digitized image and using various algorithms reconstructing the sound information. The VisualAudio solution solves several significant challenges inherent in archiving systems:

  • Contactless: the surface of the original record is not touched.
  • Speed of archiving process: the time required for photographing a record is relatively short.
  • Storage of information in an analog film: thus not dependent on a technology becoming obsolete too quickly.
  • Long life span: of several hundred years for some films. Periodic transfers to new data storage media are thus avoided.
  • Broken records can be reconstructed before processing.