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SEAPAVAA to hold 12th conference and general assembly in Manila

Quezon City (15 February) -- The South East Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archives Association (SEAPAVAA) will hold its 12th conference and general assembly on June 23-27 at the Manila Hotel with the theme "Archiving and Digitization: Dreams and Nightmares."

According to SEAPAVAA President Belina SB Capul, the conference-assembly will be hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists (SFA), the Society of Film Archivists (SOFIA), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Following is the SEAPAVAA announcement:

12th SEAPAVAA Conference & General Assembly

Archiving and Digitization: Dreams and Nightmares
Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines
June 23-27, 2008

Preliminary Conference Announcement

Metro Manila, Philippines is the destination of the 12th SEAPAVAA Conference and General Assembly come June 23-27, 2008 to be held at the Manila Hotel, Manila. It will be hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists (SFA), the Society of Film Archivists (SOFIA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Conference Activities

  • Institutional visits
  • Workshops
  • Excursions

The event will feature the following:

  • 2-day symposium
  • Annual SEAPAVAA General Assembly Meeting
  • Archive Gems Screenings Evening
  • Host country screening night

Conference Theme:

This year's conference theme is "Archiving and gitization: Dreams and Nightmares."

Symposium Focal Points

Digital technology is said to provide multiple solutions to many issues and concerns affecting the preservation of and access to archival documents. This is particularly true with regards to storage facilities and near real time access to information and the archival collection. In the rush to embrace digital technology, we have ventured into the "how to" but given much less attention to the "what ifs."

The move to digital archiving is a fact. That debate is over. But it is a move beset with numerous financial, practical, ethical and philosophical consequences whose impact we are only beginning to fully understand.

  • What does digital preservation really mean?

    When documents are digitized, are they presumed preserved? How do you guarantee the authenticity of documents?

  • What are the implications of moving to Digital Archiving?

    What are the risks involved in migrating analoque works to digital? What is the real cost over time of digital preservation? What expertise, tools, resources, and organizational structures will be needed to ensure growth and long term management of digital archives? What are the safest storage strategies? How does all this affect our concept of institutional archives?

  • Are fundamental analogue concepts like "original", "content", "carrier" meaningful any more in the digital domain?

    What is the future for our "legacy" collections of analogue materials?

  • What beginning steps could be undertaken to facilitate the move to digital archiving?

    This conference will grapple with these and other "what if" dreams and nightmares in our digital future. It will look for answers and aim to move the global debate forward.

Call for Papers

If you would like to participate and present a paper please contact the SEAPAVAA Secretariat at

Registration Fee

The Conference registration fee is US$ 250 for non-members and US$ 190 for members.


For further details and inquiries, please contact the SEAPAVAA Secretariat at telefax: (632)920.4395, email: or visit our website at where conference updates will continually be posted.

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