Audiovisual Archive Network
There is a wealth of primary source historical sound and moving image content that is not currently available to researchers, scholars, or the general public due to the difficulty in finding the material. Newsreels, interviews, historical footage, home movies, oral histories, local and national radio and television broadcasting, performance documentation, documentary outtakes -- the world’s audiovisual cultural heritage is often held in archives lacking the resources to make their content available online.
The Audiovisual Archive Network (AVAN) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and providing access to audiovisual content. AVAN is founded and operated by archivists with deep understandings of preservation, access, technology, and metadata. There is no existing service specifically dedicated to providing clip-level access to primary source sound and moving image material, nor to help archives and creators preserve their digital masters. AVAN has been created as one solution to this problem.
AVAN offers two core complementary services to help archives achieve their preservation and access mandates. The aggregated Library makes it possible for scholars, students, and the public to discover archival time-based content using cutting-edge tools that no single archive could afford to create on their own. The Digital Repository Service preserves digital files for archives and creators lacking infrastructure to manage digital preservation efforts themselves, ensuring that the content will be available for future generations.
AVAN is a robust service that will change the way scholars, students, and the public use primary source audiovisual content, and, in its Digital Repository Service, will ensure ongoing preservation of public archives’ and independent creators’ important time-based documents.
AVAN is a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) at the Library of Congress.
We are currently in a capital campaign to build AVAN and are asking for support from individuals and small organizations as a match to a potential funder. Donations can be in any amount, and are tax-deductible. Please click here for more information, or use the “Donate” button on this page.
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Who will use AVAN?
Schools and Universities
Video and Sound Artists