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Joint Technical Symposium

June 6, 2007

Registration is open for the upcoming 2007 JOINT TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM - June 28-30, 2007 in Toronto, Canada...Sponsors include Elektrofilm, Cineric, Deluxe, Hollywood Vaults, Samma Systems, reto.ch Sàrl, Novastar

Organized for the first time in 1983, JTS is the international meeting for organisations and individuals involved in the preservation and restoration of original image and sound materials.

Under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), participating organisations include:

AMIA - Association of Moving Image Archivists
ARSC - Association for Recorded Sound Collections
FIAF - International Federation of Film Archives
FIAT/IFTA - International Federation of Television Archives/Federation
...Internationale des Archives de Television
IASA - International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives
ICA - International Council on Archives
IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
SEAPAVAA - Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association

The JTS 2007 theme is "AudioVisual Heritage and the Digital Universe". A sample of the Program topics include: Mass Migration of A/V Collections, New Tools for Film Sound Restoration, Preserving Digital Public Television, Restoring Motion Pictures in 4K Workflow, EDCINE: A System for Conservation and Access based on MXF and JPEG2000, Video Archiving and Digitization, Mass Storage Architecture and Workflow, Reports on Magnetic Media Studies, Media Condition Assessment and Environmental Monitoring of Moving Image Collections through Web-based Technology, New Tools for Content Assessment and Migration, Designing Digital Repositories for A/V collections, Selection Criteria for Analogue and Digital Content, Film Archive Challenges in the Digital Cinema Era, plus many other topics to be announced soon. Preliminary Program information is available now at www.jts2007.org/program.htm.

Registration and hotel information is also available, and a special hotel rate is available for JTS guests at the nearby Marriott Courtyard Hotel. In addition, the event schedule is available on the website (www.JTS2007.org), with information on a special Restoration Screening planned for Thursday, June 28th.

Funding assistance for participation in the JTS is available through a grant from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Funding is intended to assist archivists from the developing world by defraying travel and subsistence costs for those from Least Developed Countries, Africa and small island states. Information about UNESCO travel funding can be found at www.JTS2007.org.

The Joint Technical Symposium (JTS), first held in 1983, is an international gathering of organizations and individuals involved in the preservation of image and sound materials. Staged tri-annually, the JTS provides the foremost opportunity for technical colleagues and those interested in the field to meet and share knowledge. Panel discussions, presentations and screenings describe, examine and critique the most important technologies and methods for the long-term conservation and restoration of the world's audio-visual heritage. Attendees traditionally include film, video and audio archivists, asset managers, laboratory technicians, engineers and other preservation specialists from a broad cross-section of institutions responsible for the conservation of feature films, television (national, regional and local), independent productions, news film and amateur productions.

At JTS 2004, keynote speaker, Leon Silverman, said: "The real challenge is at our doorstep - and its name is data. As the world of film, video and digital becomes data-centric, the tasks of conserving, restoring and migrating artifacts originating in the traditional media, as well as in "media-less" data, become increasingly complex." We all benefit from the participation, both formal and informal, of the presenters and the audience at the JTS. For newcomers to this vibrant, dynamic and committed community, JTS 2007 will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn what is happening in the field.

Program submissions for JTS 2007 are still being accepted. Individuals and groups who made presentations at the Joint Technical Symposium in Toronto in June of 2004, or at subsequent technical symposia such as the Reel Thing, are encouraged to consider JTS 2007 for a follow-up to some of the issues and ideas raised in Toronto that could benefit from further development and presentation in 2007. If you have a specific proposal for presentation, content suggestions, panel suggestions, etc., please submit them to the official website email address, at: program@jts2007.org

More information is available at www.jts2007.org, or by emailing: info@jts2007.org

JTS 2007 is being host-coordinated by the Association of Moving Image Archivists on behalf of the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (www.ccaaa.org).

Anyone interested in the field of preservation, or in becoming more acquainted with the JTS, will find a wealth of documentation generated by JTS 2004 - presentations, reports and transcripts - currently available at www.jts2004.org/

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