The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision joins the Open Preservation Foundation

The Open Preservation Foundation is delighted to welcome the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision) as our newest member. 

Sound and Vision is a leading media archive that identified sustainable digital preservation as one of its leading business processes. Founded in 1997, Sound and Vision is responsible for collecting, preserving and presenting the national audio-visual heritage of the Netherlands. Its public task is two-fold: the organisation acts as the corporate AV-programme archive for the Dutch public broadcasting system (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep or NPO) and as a national cultural and historical media institute for education, academic research, and for the general public.

Sound and Vision’s collections consist of digital-born and analogue radio and television programmes, and 13 digitized legacy collections (film, audio and video). More recently, selections of web videos, websites, games, text materials and specific object types have been added. Sound and Vision’s digital repository amounts to more than 26 petabytes – over 1 million hours of AV materials.

Johan Oomen, head of Research and Heritage Services, said:

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision first worked with the OPF on the PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) project, which focused on the development of open standards and open source long-term digital preservation solutions. With its membership, Sound and Vision is proud to support the OPF’s collaborative effort to create, maintain and develop the reference set of sustainable, open source digital preservation tools and supporting resources

Martin Wrigley, Executive Director of the OPF said:

We are very pleased to welcome the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to the OPF. Sound and Vision has a wealth of experience in research and development: exchanging knowledge on all aspects of audiovisual archiving. They bring a unique perspective to our community, and we look forward to their contributions to our diverse programme of member activities.

Sound and Vision joins the OPF’s growing membership, a growing number of libraries, archives, universities, vendors and research organisations that make up OPF membership. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member, visit

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