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Who we are

PrestoCentre is a community of audiovisual archives, with a strong tradition in sharing knowledge about digital preservation. 
We currently represent a worldwide professional network that has an interest in topics such as technical requirements, format decisions, legal developments, and online publishing requirements for audiovisual heritage materials.

PrestoCentre and its services are maintained by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision, The Netherlands) and supported by its founding members British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, UK), Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA, FR), Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF, AT), and Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI, IT). More information about the projects PrestoCentre emerged from can be found here.

What we do

PrestoCentre offers free access to its library, use cases, news and newsletters, and technical publications such as TechWatch.


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