Knowyourcarrier.com is an initiative set up by meemoo, Flemish Institute for Archives. The project was launched for audiovisual carriers in 2018.
The project won an Archive Achievement Award in October 2019, presented by FIAT/IFTA, within the ‘Excellence in Media Preservation’ category.
In 2023, we added photographic carriers to the website and gave the platform a fresh new look. This expansion and freshening up is part of the Flemish Government’s Resilience Recovery Plan, and was made possible with support from the European Regional Development Fund.
The photographic part of knowyourcarrier.com has been made possible with support and expertise from FOMU Photo Museum Antwerp, erfgoedcellen.be, University of Antwerp, Nederlands Fotomuseum, D/Arch, Sabine Cauberghs and Johan Swinnen.
At knowyourcarrier.com, you can answer specific questions and look at images in a convenient decision tree to identify audiovisual and photographic carriers.
We developed this tool with the aim of helping heritage managers, other professionals and the general public to work out what audiovisual and photographic materials they may have in their possession – to improve preservation and storage conditions so they can be enjoyed for longer.
The recommendations we make are based on our own knowledge and experience, checked with relevant experts in the field, and can be used in conjunction with other good practices. Our database is currently focused on only the most common audiovisual and photographic carriers.
If you have any questions or comments, you can get in touch with us using the green feedback button.
Meemoo provides expert services, sharing knowledge and offering advice to help cultural, media and government organisations manage, care for and use their (digital) archives – bringing the past back to life, preparing materials for the future, safeguarding content digitally and making it accessible and usable. Specifically, meemoo digitises and archives Flemish (audiovisual) content for more than 170 partner organisations.
We make archives searchable with findable content that is – where permitted – as accessible as possible for end users. We also support organisations and artists with advice and assistance, for example via knowledge platforms or with projects and other practical initiatives. Knowyourcarrier.com is a useful tool for professionals and individuals that meemoo is currently unable to assist as part of its regular service provision.