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2) Curatorial Challenges in the Digital Era: Filmographic Data and Film Archives

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Workshop Berlin

November 14-16, 2019
Bundesarchiv Berlin (German Federal Archive), Germany
Organized by Dr. Adelheid Heftberger

Beitrag: International Federation of Film Archives

Guests: Edward Anderson, British Film Institute (BFI); Thelma Ross, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oliver Hanley, Filmuniversity Babelsberg; Camille Blot-Wellens, Stockholm

Film heritage institutions are intensively involved in the exchange and mapping of filmographic data sets in order to improve the quality of their data and thus its use. In this workshop, the recent activities of two of the largest film archives in the world will be presented. In particular, curatorial decisions for digitization and data cleansing will be discussed and their implications for film historiography. In addition, the potential of closer cooperation of film institutions, but also the possibilities of Wikidata will be presented.

After a welcoming address by Petra Rauschenbach (Head of Film Department) and a guided tour through the Bundesarchiv, there will be presentations by the network members, working groups and plenary discussions. The workshop concludes with an event at the German Historical Museum: "Archive Title: Unidentified", where Camille Blot-Wellens (Consultant, Stockholm) presents the FIAF book project on a new, expanded edition of Harold Browns seminal Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification, followed by the presentation of unidentified material from film archives by the participants (here is the report on "Archive Title: Unidentified").