IASA country group Germany / Switzerland - Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2016/Schweiz
IASA Country Group Germany / Switzerland eV |
|legal form||Volunteer Association|
c / o German National Library |
60322 Frankfurt am Main 
|Managing directors||Sarah Seibicke|
The IASA country group Germany / Switzerland e. V. is the group of countries in Germany and Switzerland of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives - IASA). It was founded in Amsterdam in 1969 and is represented as an “ NGO ” (non-governmental, non-governmental organization) in UNESCO . 
Purpose of the association
The aim of the IASA country group Germany / Switzerland is to promote cooperation between all archives that store audio and, increasingly, audiovisual documents.  The IASA deals with all issues related to the work of institutional and significant private collections and archives: acquisition, documentation, custody, use and preservation. Copyright and discography are just as much a part of the spectrum of IASA's activities as the maintenance of recording , editing and playback techniques or the development of recommendations for long-term preservation of sound recordings . 
The purpose of the country group as an association is to discuss the work results of the international technical commissions of the IASA at regional and national level and, conversely, to pass on questions and suggestions for future work to these specialist bodies and the board of the IASA. The group of countries is primarily concerned with involving institutions and private individuals who collect audio documents and related materials or who are interested in the tasks and goals mentioned.
It was founded on April 25, 1990 as part of the meeting of Section 7 of the Association of German Archivists in Wiesbaden. The first chairman was Jean-Claude Hayoz from the Documentation Center of the Swiss Federal Assembly . Other board members were Monika Brandenstein ( Broadcasting of the GDR ) and Felix Kresing-Wulf (Deutsche Welle).
Confirmation as an IASA Regional Branch by the General Assembly of the IASA took place on May 7, 1990 in Ottawa .  The first official annual general meeting as an IASA country group was held on April 30, 1991 as part of the conference of Section 7 in the Phonothek in Vienna . The first independent annual conference followed in October 1991 at the invitation of Deutsche Welle in Cologne .
Since autumn 1998, the group of countries has appeared on the Internet on the website of the Klaus Kuhnke Archive in Bremen. Its managing director Ulrich Duve acted as webmaster. In the spring of 1999, a website was launched at www.iasa-online.de.
There has been a close exchange of experiences with the Austrian IASA group Medien Archive Austria, especially since the joint annual meeting in Vienna in 2008. Both country groups have been highly regarded as particularly active sections within the international IASA for years.
The group of countries has its headquarters at the location of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main.
In addition to the general assembly as the highest organ of the association, which takes place once a year during the annual meeting, there is also the board of directors according to the statutes. Ulrich Duve from the Klaus Kuhnke Archive in Bremen has been chairman since November 2016 . The deputy chairpersons are Claus Peter Gallenmiller (Society for Historical Sound Carriers, Vienna), Katrin Abromeit ( Filmmuseum Potsdam ) and Jochen Rupp ( German National Library ). Further board members are Sarah Seibicke ( University of Regensburg ), Olaf Kosinsky and Pio Pellizzari. 
- 1990–1991: Jean-Claude Hayoz, Bern (Documentation Center of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland)
- 1991–1994: Frank Rainer Huck, Saarbrücken ( Saarländischer Rundfunk ) 
- 1994–1997: Anke Leenings, Frankfurt am Main ( German Broadcasting Archive ) 
- 1997–2003: Kurt Deggeller , Lugano (Swiss National Sound Archives ) 
- 2003–2009: Michael Crone, Frankfurt am Main ( Hessischer Rundfunk ) 
- 2009–2016: Pio Pellizzari , Lugano ( Schweizerische Nationalphonothek ) 
- since 2016: Ulrich Duve, Bremen (Klaus Kuhnke Archive for Popular Music Archive)
Members of the IASA are all archives, institutions, associations and individuals who have relevant collections or who have an interest in the activities of the IASA. Specifically, the following institutions are members of the IASA country group:
- German National Library 
- Swiss National Sound Archives
- Klaus Kuhnke Archive for Popular Music Archive
- Jazz Institute Darmstadt 
- Günter Grass Foundation Bremen 
- Lippmann + Rau Foundation 
- Deutsches Literaturarchiv
- Weserburg Museum of Modern Art 
- Frank Wonneberg
Projects and meetings
Even after the establishment of the IASA country group as an independent association, there was a close connection to Section 7, at whose annual spring conference the country group organizes the “Working session of the AG sound documents” with topics related to sound archiving. Due to the restructuring of the FG7 conferences, this working session last took place in 2000.
Company Discographies of Historical Sound Carriers (FDHT)
On the initiative of Rainer Lotz , the “Company Discographies of Historical Sound Carriers (FDHT)” project started in 1997 , which after a difficult start-up period has found a home in the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano in a modified form.
Sound & smoke
As an information organ for its members, the IASA country group has been issuing the publication "Schall & Rauch" with specialist articles, conference contributions and conference reports since 1998. The first issue in May 1998 was published by Birgit-Lotz-Verlag Bonn . In previous years, the national group used the Capitolium, the newsletter of the Swiss National Sound Archives, to inform its members. The first editor-in-chief at Schall & Rauch was Markus Erni, while Klemens Helmholz was responsible for production. From November 2000 the team was strengthened by Isabel Bräuer. Ulrich Duve (2001) was followed by Rudolf Müller as Editor-in-Chief in 2005. It is given to members free of charge and is available in various libraries. 
On the occasion of the 20-year existence of the association, a unique sound document was produced in 2010 with an acoustic cross-section of some member archives. It is a vinyl disc , a combination of a CD and a special record. It consists of two interconnected layers. The silver layer contains the digital information, the upper black layer is produced using a vinyl matrix and contains a record groove that can be played on record players (33 1/3 min-1). A foam adapter to reduce the inner diameter was included so that the vinyl disc can be fixed on the turntable.
Conferences in Germany
Conference locations in Switzerland
Conference locations in Austria
The annual autumn meeting of the IASA country group serves the technical cooperation and the exchange of experiences at national or regional level between professional colleagues, private collectors and the experts invited as speakers. On October 22 and 23, 1991, the first independent autumn conference of the country group took place at the invitation of Deutsche Welle in Cologne. Since then, the annual meetings have taken place without interruption.
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