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Welcome to the 45th Annual IASA Conference. This year’s conference, Connecting Cultures: Content, Context, and Collaboration, promises to be an inspiring, exciting event informed by the dynamic and diverse, natural and cultural landscape of South Africa and the Southern African region. With your participation in this auspicious event, we will indeed connect cultures and open many new ways for collaboration to ensure the safeguarding of our valuable sound and audiovisual heritage.

This year's exploration of time-based media heritage issues is hosted in the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. The city is named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and is set at the foot of one of the world’s most renown landmarks, Table Mountain, recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011. Not only will we be in one of the most beautiful and diverse places on earth, we'll also be in the heart of multicultural literacy and publication -- the National Library of South Africa's Center for the Book -- our venue for the conference.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Cape Town from 5-9 October 2014 for a week of discussions, debates and sharing of ideas with local and international experts on matters of sound and audiovisual archives.

Come to connect, collaborate and explore, and enjoy the warm South African hospitality, the rich culture and beauty of Cape Town!

Conference themes:
  • Content and technologies
  • Connecting data
  • Contextualisation and Curation
  • Curators and creators
  • Customer-driven services issues
  • Crowd-sourcing, cataloguing and content management
  • Collaborative learning

Images: courtesy of Cape Town Tourism