No Archive Is An Island

The 2008 conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) will be hosted by the Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA) at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia.

The survival of sound and audiovisual archives is dependant on the exchange of ideas, shared standards, similar technological approaches and mutual support. The conference will explore the activities, achievements, interconnections and relationships between individuals and institutions active in the field of sound and audiovisual collections. The ASRA IASA 2008 international conference will attract speakers and delegates from Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas including senior archival and collections staff from research, broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries. and leading experts in technology, preservation, documentation and access.

IASA and ASRA members represent expertise in radio, research, oral history, social history, audiovisual collections, musicology, linguistics, ethnography, ethnomusicology, folklore, recordings, records, music, sound art, preservation, collection description, cataloguing, metadata, archival management and the provision of access to collections of audiovisual materials.


Closing date: Thursday, 31 January 2008

Conference Themes

  • Low resource tropical archiving
  • Grass root archiving with small institutes and small nations
  • Interconnection and cooperation
  • Resource sharing
  • Federated digital delivery systems
  • Cooperative delivery systems in an innovative environment
  • Oral histories: rising tides - cultural tides, tides of Native Title and Indigenous ownership
  • Isolation, Innovation and Diversity
  • Remote broadcasting and archive implications
  • Preservation of historical memories in sound and audiovisual forms
  • Audiovisual records as a memory of revolutionary change
  • The role of archives retaining history