The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is an advanced and trendsetting audiovisual archive that has successfully made its way into the digital realm. It maintains and provides access to 70 per cent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage, comprising approximately 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film and web video, making Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. Sound and Vision is the business archive of the national broadcasting corporations and is also engaged in Europe’s largest-scale digitisation programme Images for the Future. Sound and Vision has made available thousands of hours of archivefootage online for various end-user services, including dedicated services for the creative industries, education and research. The institute operates as a visitor attraction aimed at the general public and is visited by over 200,000 people annually.

Sound and Vision has a strong Research & Development department. The multi-annual research agenda includes themes such as:

  • ​building search interfaces to meet expectations of various user groups
  • ​new annotation approaches: (semi)automatic and using crowdsourcing
  • ​semantic interoperability
  • ​dynamic contextualization of the collections (also leveraging archived webpages)
  • ​innovative interaction models, including second screen applications
  • ​digital preservation for long-term access

Sound and Vision is a highly valued partner in a wide range of research projects. It has been active in the European research arena for over 14 years. Recent international research projects include AXES (FP7), LinkedTV(FP7), LiWA (FP7), CoSyne (FP7), DigiBIC (FP7), PREFORMA (FP7) Presto4U (FP7), EUscreen (eContentplus) and Europeana Awareness, Europeana Sounds, Europeana Creative (ICT-PSP). Sound and Vision is active in the international organisations FIAT/IFTA, IASA, EBU and UNESCO and home to PrestoCentre, the competence centre on digital audiovisual preservation.



Sound and Vision will focus on defining requirements, with a specific focus on the audiovisual domain. Also, we will working the tasks related to network expansion.


Johan Oomen

Johan Oomen is head of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision R&D Department and researcher at the Web and Media group of the VU University Amsterdam. He is mainly working on externally (FP7, ICT-PSP, CATCH) funded research projects that focus on providing access to digital heritage on the web. Oomen holds an MA in Media Studies. He has worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council and the RTL Nederland.

Roeland Ordelman

Roeland Ordelman is senior researcher and senior project manager R&D at NSIV and researcher in Speech & Language Technology and Multimedia Retrieval at the University of Twente (PhD 2003). He is co-founder of XM-I (Cross Media Interaction), a company that provides services for automatic,speech-based annotation of audio data. He has been working on a numberof national and international projects in the area of multimedia retrieval and speech and language technology.

Erwin Verbruggen

Erwin Verbruggen works at the Research & Development department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. He is in charge of communications for EUscreen and oversees the technical development of the Journal of European Television History and Culture. He also works on a number of projects related to digitisation and search in audiovisual archives.