Meemoo’s approach to digitisation pushes boundaries

14 Jun 2021

Ever since our very first digitisation project shot out of the starting blocks in 2013, we’ve kept adding more knowledge at a rapid rate. Our approach to audiovisual digitisation projects has been so impressive that it’s drawn the attention of our next door neighbours and friends on the other side of the world alike.

A nocturnal video call

In April we shared our experiences with a group of colleagues from New Zealand who are currently working on the NZ Utaina project. This large-scale digitisation project is safeguarding the audiovisual collections at Ngā Taonga (the New Zealand National Audiovisual Archive), Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (the New Zealand National Library) and Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga (the New Zealand National Archive).

They were mainly interested in:

  • how we formulate our digitisation specifications;

  • how we collaborate with content partners and service providers;

  • the logistical aspects of our digitisation projects;

  • reporting on the digitisation progress.

It was a fascinating exchange of ideas, despite it taking place at night. We were particularly envious of them already being back at work in the office again over there!

There’s also interest in our work from closer to home

The Association des Archivistes Francophones de Belgique (AAFB - Association of French- speaking Archivists of Belgium) and the Administration du Patrimoine de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Heritage Administration of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation) recently organised a series of webinars to consider the future of the world of archives in French- speaking Belgium.

One of the ideas they’re following up is that of ‘mutualisation’ – the pooling of knowledge, equipment and services. Meemoo’s collaborative methods can serve as a source of inspiration here. We used our vinyl and shellac records digitisation project as an example to explain this aspect of our work and show them the great benefits, special points of interest and lessons we learned.

Want to find out more about our digitisation work?

Do you have a question?
Contact Brecht Declercq
Manager Digitisation & Acquisition