Archiving 2019 Conference to Take Place in Lisbon

Archiving 2019 Conference to Take Place in Lisbon


Springfield, VA—IS&T announced that Archiving 2019 will take place May 14–17, 2019, in Lisbon, Portugal at the Torre do Tombo National Archive (National Archives of Portugal). Organized by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), the conference presents the latest research on digitization and curation.

Archiving 2019 offers an opportunity for imaging scientists and those in the cultural heritage community, as well as in government, industry and academia, to discuss the latest technologies and issues related to the digital preservation and stewardship of hardcopy, audio and video. It also provides a forum to explore strategies and policies, as well as reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field.

To view full details of the conference program, click here. Moreover, early registration for Archiving 2019 ends April 15.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Digitization, Preservation and Access.” The conference features three full days of technical programming; keynote presentations; short courses taught by industry experts; and behind-the-scenes tours at local cultural heritage institutions.

Archiving 2019 Technical Program

The conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from Archiving 2019 leadership and Silvestre Lacerda, director-general of the Torre do Tombo. Following the opening remarks, Luis Pavão, director of LUPA, leads a group of panelists from important photographic collections in Portugal. They will discussion current efforts in digitizing their rich photographic history.

The three days of technical programming includes papers on the following topics:

  • Preservation/Archiving: Standards and Guidelines
  • Digitization: Large Scale/Mass Digitization and Workflow Management Systems
  • Preservation/Archiving: Archival Models and Workflows
  • Access: Formats for Preservation and Access
  • Management and Partnerships/Collaborations: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Case Studies
  • Access: Integration of Linked Open [usable] Data (LOD/LOUD), Open Source Solutions, and APIs
  • Digitization: New Developments in Technologies and Workflows

Archiving 2019 Keynote Speakers

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Jonas Palm

The opening keynote, on May 15, is presented by Jonas Palm, Riksarkivet/National Archives (Sweden). It is titled “How the Market Changed—And the Lives of Photographs,” Palm’s presentation looks at how photography has changed in the last 20 years. He also discusses how these changes have altered the lives of not only the photographs—from film and prints to images only viewed on monitors—but also of those who work to preserve them.

On May 16, the keynote speaker is David Taubman, UNSW Sydney, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications; deputy head of School (Research); and Kakadu Software Pty. director (Australia). His keynote is titled “The JPEG2000 Suite of Standards: Capabilities and New Opportunities.”

JPEG 2000 is a family of standards that provide efficient as well as the highly scalable coding of imagery. It is also capable of handling content with extreme resolutions and bit depths. Taubman’s presentation will increase awareness of what JPEG 2000 can do. He will focus on the capabilities of great benefit to archival applications.

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Jean-Yves Le Meur

The closing keynote on May 17 is presented by Jean-Yves Le Meur, CERN, Digital Memory project leader (Switzerland). It is titled “CERN’s Digital Memory: When Patrimony Data Meets Scientific Data.”

Le Meur will discuss the European Organization for Nuclear Physics’ (CERN) Digital Memory project. It was started in 2016 to ensure the long-term preservation in digital format of the organization’s historical and recent assets. Le Meur also talks about how this massive digitization gives access to content full of surprises and to new projects of enhancement through art, cinema and virtual reality.

Archiving 2019 Short Course Program

In addition, May 14 features a full day of short courses. Twelve introductory to advanced courses are taught by industry experts from the Library of Congress, Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) and National Library of the Netherlands.

Moreover, the course topics range from color measurement to spectral imaging. Six new courses are offered this year, including:

JHOVE 101: Open Source File Format Validation. This course provides participants with an understanding of how to use JHOVE, a file format validation tool; how to interpret the results; and how to contribute to improving open source tools.
End-to-End Digitization Workflow: Goobi-to-Go for Newbies. This session explains how the Goobi software suite (Goobi workflow and Goobi viewer) is used to manage small and even big digitization projects.
Introduction to Digital Image Processing. This course provides the attendee with insight into image-processing algorithms. They include image filtering, frequency analysis, edge detection and feature extraction.

Archiving 2019 Behind-the-Scenes Tours

In addition, each year, the Archiving Conference prepares a set of Behind-the-Scenes Tours at local cultural heritage institutions. Participants learn about the digitization, preservation and access processes, challenges and successes of colleagues. All tours take place Thursday afternoon. Some highlights of the tours follow.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Art Library and Archives contains more than 190,000 titles of monographs, general works and reference materials. It also holds architectural and artists archives. In addition, it boasts more than 200 photographs as well as the most significant Portuguese collection of artist books. It also houses the Foundation Archive.

Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa | Fotográfico and LUPA, Luis Pavão Lda

Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa | Fotográfico is charged with preserving the photographic history of Lisbon. It provides a library for researchers and also offers mounting photographic exhibits of interest to the community.

Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo

This tour focuses on the preservation, conservation as well as restoration of archival documents. Participants also visit the department of digitization. Attendees will learn about the precautions required for preservation, from the handling of documentation and packaging, to the physical evaluation system for direct and remote access.

Cineric Portugal

Cineric Portugal digitally restores and grades films scanned at Cinemateca Portuguesa’s ANIM facility for clients worldwide. The tour will discuss the restoration workflow process and how it can differ depending on the condition and type of the source material.


The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) is an international professional nonprofit dedicated to keeping members as well as other imaging professionals apprised of the latest developments in the field. Furthermore, it provides conferences, educational programs and publication. IS&T-Logo

Its programs encompass all aspects of the imaging workflow, from capture (sensors, cameras) through image processing (image quality, color and materialization) to hard and soft copy output (printing, displays, image permanence). In addition, it includes aspects related to human vision, such as image quality and color.

Furthermore, the organization focuses on a range of image-related applications, including security, virtual reality, machine vision and data analysis.