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Training for Ukrainian collegues

Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council in a partnership with Meno Avilys provided a 2-day seminar on 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕, for the Довженко-Центр : Dovzhenko Centre (Ukraine) staff.

FIAF Technical and Cataloguing Short Course

19-21 June 2023

National Archives of Latvia, Riga

BAAC workshop for teachers 2022

On the 27th of October 2022, on UNESCO World Day for Audio-visual Heritage, Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council organized a workshop aimed at teachers.

Covid AV

COVID-19 as a driver for change in audiovisual archives

How are archives dealing with issues that emerged during global pandemic? What have the months of disruptions taught us about organisational resilience?

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas. Minister of culture, Republic of Lithuania

First BAAC online conference. Report 2020

In regard of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania in a partnership with BAAC and Lithuanian National Library orginized virtual conference.

BAAC Annual Conference report 2019

The 16th BAAC annual conference, October 9-10, 2019 in Riga, Latvia

Workshop day in Vilnius

Masterclass on camera scanning by Peter Krogh

Lectures and training on camera scanning by Peter Krogh


BAAC Conference report 2018 from Tallinn

The 15th BAAC annual conference, November 7-9, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.


RE:VIVE project – a new way to hear our past

RE: VIVE initiative in Lithuania demonstrates the example of folklore records reuse for creation of new electronic music album

Workshop participants and lecturers

International Workshop: “The Management of Digital Audiovisual Heritage Collections” Vilnius, Lithuania

 The workshop took place on April 9-10, 2018 and was hosted by the Lithuanian National M.Mažvydas Library in Vilnius. 

Towards a New Audiovisual Think Tank for Audiovisual Archivists and Cultural Heritage Professionals

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision today is publishing its new White Paper, Towards a New Audiovisual Think Tank for Audiovisual Archivists and Cultural Heritage Professionals. The White Paper identifies strategic priorities for audiovisual archiving in the coming decade and puts forward 10 concrete recommendations for collective action.

A report from BAAC conference 2017 in Warsaw

This year’s BAAC conference was held on October 11-12 in Warsaw with the title “Second life of heritage collections - management and use of audiovisual content”.

The management of audio and video collections workshop

Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC), Lithuanian Central State Archive and Lithuanian Archivists’ Association organized the international workshop “The Management of Audio and Video Collections” in Vilnius 4-5 September, 2017

Interactive Europeana Radio now embeddable for everyone

Europeana Radio brings easy and interactive access to Europe’s sound treasures and is now available to embed on your own website. The radio player contains over 200,000 historical music tracks collected from sound archives across twelve European countries.

Cinematic Dynamics of Separation and Alliance, 1945–1960

The 4th Baltic Sea Region Film History Conference
2–4 November 2017, Tallinn, Estonia
Call for papers

SOIMA 2017 International Course

Application deadline has been extended to 3 April 2017!

Archiving 2017 conference in Riga

The IS&T Archiving Conference in Riga, May 15 – 18, 2017.

Listen to and tag thousands of music tracks on Europeana's radio player

19 January 2017

Listen to and tag thousands of music tracks on Europeana's radio player

BAAC Conference 2016 report

November 2-3, 2016 BAAC annual conference in Vilnius

International Photography Conservation Workshop

BAAC, together with the Archivists’ Association and Lithuanian Central State Archive organized the International Photography Conservation Workshop in Vilnius 20-21 June, 2016.

Register for the conference “Europeana Sounds 2016: Unlocking Sound Collections”

The Europeana Sounds project organises its final international conference – “Unlocking Sound Collections” – on Friday 4th November 2016 in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania.

BAAC Photo conservation master-class in Tallinn

March 31 - April 1, 2016 BAAC, Art Museum of Estonia and Estonian Photographic Heritage Society organised silver based photo conservation master-class by Sandra Maria Petrillo (Italy, SMPHOTO Conservation Studio)

Report: the History of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC)

The Board of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) has made decision to document the history of BAAC with reference to the tenth anniversary of the work of BAAC in year 2015. The goal was to publish a book about the association. 

Board Meeting in Vilnius - Some Comments Only

If you are fascinated walking in a medieval town watching old buildings, historical signs, sculptures set up in parks to remind you of the political events of the country and the city, drinking good wine and beer at prices suitable for the salaries of poor librarians, you go to Vilnius and you will have a good time.

BAAC conference 2015: Echoes of the Past, Insights to the Future - A personal report from a member who is leaving

During a few days in October (28-30) around 60 delegates attended the annual conference, which this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council.

BAAC virtual exhibition

10 years with you. BAAC facts and figures

SOIMA workshop

SOIMA 2015


International SOIMA workshop and conference in Brussels, 27 August – 4 September, 2015.

BAAC board meeting in Tallinn, March 2015

BAAC board meeting was held in Tallinn, Estonia on March 6 at the National Archives of Estonia

Europeana Sounds members

Europeana Sounds – one year on

Europeana Sounds, a pan-European project aimed at significantly increasing audio and audio-related objects available through Europeana, just celebrated its 1st anniversary.

SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound & Image Heritage

This is an international conference on ensuring a safe and creative future for sound and image

EUscreenXL Offers Attractive Home for Archival Videos

EUscreen, the European Network for audiovisual heritage, launches its renewed website offering free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual archives.


BAAC Conference 2014 in Riga

Conference report by Tedd Urnes

Riga: Board meeting of BAAC, March 2014

The Board of BAAC had its first meeting of 2014 on March 6, in the city of Riga, Latvia.

Project partners (Photo: British Library/Elizabeth Hunter CC-BY-SA)

BAAC members at Europeana Sounds kick-off meeting, London

Two BAAC members – Juozas Markauskas and Zane Grosa - took part in a 2 day meeting in London at the British Library, representing their organisations – Dizi (Lithuania) and the National Library of Latvia. This meeting "kicked off" a new European project "Europeana Sounds", with about 50 people representing 24 partners from across Europe.

Vilnius University

Joint IASA-BAAC Conference report 2013

A personal assessment by Tedd Urnes and comments by Andris Ķesteris

Joint IASA-BAAC conference in Vilnius, Lithuania

Welcome to the 44th IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives) Annual Conference, held jointly with the BAAC (Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council) 10th Annual Conference. Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday 6th - Thursday 10th October 2013

BAAC annual conference 2012 report

For the BAAC board, the conference started already the evening before the actual conference, with a meeting on premises of the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive.

BAAC Board meeting in Helsinki

BAAC Board meeting was held in Helsinki, Finland on 13 April at the Finnish National Audiovisual Archive (KAVA).

BAAC at International Conference "ExCHange for a challenge"

BAAC was invited to present its position in session Public Awareness on Audiovisual Art Works Conservation“ at the International Conference "ExCHange for a challenge" in higher education for restoration, conservation and risk management of works of art, in Kocaeli (Turkey) 1-3 March 2012.

BAAC statement on the Orphan Works directive

At its annual meeting in Tallinn on October 6, 2011, BAAC has adopted the following statement.

BAAC conference 2011 in Tallinn

This years conference was jointly organized by BAAC and Estonian Film archives, and hosted by the Estonian National library in Tallinn.

IASA conference 2011

The 42nd IASA conference was held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and its theme concerned digital decision making in sound and audiovisual collections.

Film archives showcase their collections: The European Film Gateway is online

After nearly three years of preparation and development, the European Film Gateway EFG is now online. The Internet portal to the digital collections of European film archives and cinema offers free access to currently about 400,000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials. By September, the number of digital items will increase to 600,000 from 16 film archives.

SOIMA 2011 course

Nineteen participants from 15 different countries have assembled in Riga, Latvia to participate in the third international course of the SOIMA programme.

SOIMA 2011 Course design meeting

SOIMA 2011 Course design meeting was held in Vilnius, at Lithuanian Central State Archive, 16-18 March 2011

First colour footage of Estonia found in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Two historically significant films, believed to be the first ever colour footage shot in Estonia in 1939, have been discovered in Canada by documentary filmmaker Marcus Kolga.

BAAC annual conference 2010 report

The formal title of the conference was: "Back to analogue: preserving audiovisual resources for digitalisation and posterity ". The programme committee addressed the level of development and progress in the field of digitalisation of audiovisual archives in the Baltic countries.

FOTIS - news from Estonia

Estonian Film Archives launches online photo database

SOIMA training in India

Report about SOIMA (Sound and Image Collections Conservation) Programme course, organized under initiative of ICCROM, 16 November - 11 December, 2009, India

Back in Vilnius!

A personal report on the BAAC Annual Conference 2009, By Lasse Nilsson, SVT

40th IASA Conference

Annual IASA conference 2009 was held in Athens, Greece. BAAC report was presented at the General assembly.

Meeting-seminar with the President of International Council on Archives

BAAC was taking a part in the professional meeting organized by Latvian National Commission for UNESCO at Ministry of Foreign affairs of the republic of Latvia, 31 August in Riga.

BAAC professional visit to SRF and National Library of Sweden

The professional BAAC Broadcasters working group visit and meeting to SRF was organized by the BAAC with the aim of learning more about the implemented digitization activities and policies within the institution.

Mapping and Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage of the Baltic Diaspora in Sweden

Tedd's Urnes report about the joint BAAC and Balthernet seminar in Stockholm, 24 April 2009

Impressions of Tartu A city in Estonia and the BAAC Conference 2008: Transformation as Stability: Audiovisual archives in the Era of new Media

It has developed into a tradition that the papers and documents presented at a BAAC event you find at the website also is completed by a more personal reflection on the programme, the venue and the event as a whole by a delegate.

BAAC Lithuanian working group met at the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania

Lithuanian working group meets secretary of the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania on occasion of UNESCO world day of audiovisual heritage.

Lithuanian Central State Archive - MIDAS partner

Since this year Lithuanian Central State Archive has been directly involved in the pilot action MIDAS Moving Image Database for Access and Re-use of European film collections.

The BAAC Board Meeting and Seminar in Riga April 18, 2008

The BAAC board meeting, this time kindly hosted by the Latvian Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, was of course, on this occasion, very much dedicated to finalizing the arrangements for the upcoming BAAC annual conference this year in Estonian Tartu September 24-27.

A mid-February BAAC Estonian working group meeting

Report on BAAC Estonian working group meeting at Estonian Literary
Museum in Tartu on 15th of February.

Award for Reet Harkmaa

At the end of 2007 Estonian Public Broadcasting awarded Reet Harkmaa for a longtime professional service in the Estonian Television news archives.

BAAC Estonian members group visit to Finland

Professional tour to some of Finnish institutions involved in digitizing the cultural heritage.

Building an Archive for the future

It seems to be a human instinct all the way, since we lived in caves, to collect and organize the collections. In addition, the human race through history always seems to be eager to help the young generation to understand and predict the future, by teaching them the history of the past.

BAAC Board meeting and seminar in Tallinn - June 4-5, 2007

The fifth Board meeting and seminar concurred with changes in Estonian Television

Media archeology in Vilnius

BAACs first media expedition in the forest close to the city of Vilnius

BAAC in Vilnius - February 13-14, 2007

The first travelling mini-seminar organized at Lithuanian Television

BAAC at 2006 IASA Annual Conference

The place and time for the 2007 IASA annual conference were finally approved during this years IASA conference "Between Memory and Oblivion".

BAAC Board Meeting in Stockholm, March 21, 2006

Report shortly describes how BAAC was established

Meeting in April 2005

Riga revisited - personal impressions by
Lasse Nilsson