Seminar proposal- Draft V1-30/06/2009
by Cognitive Semiotics and New Medias Team (ESCom), Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
Audiovisual Archives: from description to exploitation (AA09 Project)
Duration : 3 Days
Date and Place : December 2009 at Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre,
Coordinators of project :
Thailand : Mr. Chewasit BOONYAKIET, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology
Centre (SAC), Bangkok and Ms. Jullada Meejul,
France : Ms. Jirasri DESLIS, Cognitive Semiotics and New Medias Team (ESCom),
Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH), Paris
In a world growing more globalized by the day, the human, social and cultural sciences
have a critical role to play to ensure that the largest cultural encounter in human history
will be a “celebration of differences” not a “clash of civilization”. Avoiding cultural collision
requires fostering cultural cohesion. This means that the world’s cultures and societies
must understand and respect one another not in spite of difference, but for difference.
For this, knowledge produced by the sciences of man is needed, but diffusing that
knowledge and making it accessible to the world’s peoples in even more urgent.
The building and maintaining of such a common can make a profound impact. By
collecting and diffusing social, cultural and educational knowledge on their online portals
in the form of videos, the concerned institutions are giving people of various backgrounds
access to reliable and engaging knowledge about the complex world around them. It is
also facilitating research and generating new ways of understanding today’s multicultural
and multilingual societies.
In this context, the Audiovisual Research Program (ARA)1 was created in 2001 by the
ESCoM Laboratory (Cognitive Semiotics and New Medias Team) at the Foundation
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH, literally House of the Sciences of Man
Foundation) in Paris. The ARA is a collective group working to produce, diffuse, and
preserve the World’s vast and diverse cultural and scientific heritage by using information
and communication technologies (ICT), and digital audiovisual production techniques.
Internet Address : http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/EN/
Actually, the ARA offers three broad services:
ARA Video Library – an online library containing some 5,500 hours of
digital video in over a dozen languages produced by ESCoM and its
partners alongside an international community of about 2,000 authors
(researchers, teachers, artists, intellectuals, political figures, “eye-
witnesses”, ets.) from 85 different countries;
ARA Portal – A vast web Portal in eight languages for a global community
of visitors and users (around 27,000 visitors monthly from 150 different
countries) offering a wide array of specialized services: thematic
audiovisual dossiers, bilingual videos, educational resources, etc.;
Semioscape – a complete virtual work environment that enables not only
ESCoM by ANY ESCoM partner to set up their own digital archives, as
well as to produce, edit, diffuse, and stock audiovisual resources using a
set of software and methodological guides available in ESCoM
The seminar “Audiovisual Archives: from description to exploitation (AA09)” is
aimed to be the first phase for the further long-term franco-thai cooperation for sharing
knowledge and cultural heritage resources via digital audiovisual on-line technologies.
Moreover, the seminar AA09 Project is considered to promote the eight years result
of French scientific public research in ICT application for educational and cultural
domain, developed by ESCoM and INA. This action corresponds equally to the priority
agenda of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for the digitization of
cultural heritage axis.
Designated to answer to the local demand, the seminar AA09 Project is the
continuation of the International Anthropological Archives Conference3, organized by the
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, (6-7 August 2009). The
This software is co-developed with the Institute National de l’Audiovisuel-Recherche (INA), France.
This conference is also the result of the “Images Returning Home” Project, elaborated by the bilateral cooperation
between the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre and University of Göttingen, Germany. This
cooperation included the survey trip of Mr. Chewasit Boonyakiet, actual coordinator for the Thai partner, in
Germany and France in 2008. In this occasion, he met two French involved Institutions, the Institute National de
l’Audiovisuel and the Society of French Visual Anthropology, particularly, Mr. Jean-Claude Penrad, member of its
Bureau and also Administration Consultant of the Ethnographic Film Committee.
conference unites the expert community in anthropology and archives in different
aspects. For example,
- from the United States : National Anthropological Archives, Human Studies
Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution, University of Washington,
- from the United Kingdom, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge
- from Switzerland : World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),
- from Italy : Mental Institutions,
- from Germany : the Göttingen, Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF)
This conference accents on preparation of field works, anthropological archives
digitization and management, cultural property ethic…Therefore, it must be very
interesting for the French concerned institutions to present their points of view in
the same or relevant domains and show the following processes (description,
indexation and exploitation) until the final users (local/international students, experts,
journalists or anyone…) around the world via the internet technologies.
In addition, the seminar AA09 can encourage all thai educational, cultural and
communicational institutions owning audiovisual sources in different domains to
share profoundly their knowledge and experiences. Par example, SAC for
anthropological domain, National Film Archive for Thai film collection, Broadcast Museum
of Public Department for Thai radio and television archives or even National Discovery
Museum Institute for its activities audiovisual collection…
3. Program of Seminar 4
The AA09 Seminar will be held for 3 Days for 3 three different thematics :
Day1 : Audiovisual Collections in France : heritage, law and
- Overview on Audiovisual Heritage Notion, relevant laws
By a specialist from French Ministry of Culture and Communication,
Dr. Jérôme Bourdon ou Prof. Pierre Sirinelli (?)5
- Presentation of different collections
a) Institute National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) : From archives to
médias, by Roei Amit (?)6
Cf : Detail of program in Annexe.
b) Society of French Visual Anthropology and Festival International
Jean Rouch, by Dr. Jean-Claude Penrad
c) Audiovisual Research Archives and ESCoM, by Elisabeth de
(Collect and Conservation / Production and publication)
- Disciplinaries and Interpretation of Audiovisual materials :
The session is aimed to show the difficulty of audiovisual interpretation, due to
the different disciplinaries. An audiovisual sequence about Thailand will be
chosen from the INA collection and projected. The experts from different
domains will interpretate this sequence.
Dr. Jean-Claude Penrad for Visual Anthropology, Prof. Dr. Peter Stockinger
for Semiotic and Dr. Jérôme Bourdon for sociology
In addition, two other Thai specialists (historian, anthropologist) will be invited
to share their points of view.
Day2 : Techniques of description, indexation, publication and
exploitation of the audiovisual documents
This session accents on the technical approach sharing by the French and Thai
- R&D Project between ESCoM and INA
- Presentation and Demonstration of ESCoM Suite 2009 and model
of work with other international institutions
By Prof. Dr. Peter Stockinger
- Accessibility and promotion policy of the AAR
By Elisabeth de Pablo
- NECTEC “audiovisual” Projects for Education or Culture domain
Day 3 : Thai Audiovisual Collections and Perspectives for
The objective of this session is to encourage the Thai audiovisual professional
community for sharing the information and problems relevant to their collection. It
will be permit to the French partners to
Mr. Chewasit Boonyakiet will be in charged for preparation of this session.
Some relevant institutions can de mentioned. For exemple,
- SAC Collection, by Mr. Chewasit Boonyakiet
- Thai Film Archives
- College of Music Collection, University of Mahidol
- The National Discovery Museum Institute Collection
- Broadcast Museum Collection…
4. Needs and Financial Prevision
This following separated tasks, needs and budget is a rouge first estimate. All elements
are subject to change.
1 Place / Equipments SAC
2 Promotion and Communication of
- Support de la communication SAC
3 Transports for 6 persons NDMI / Scientific Service,
INA : 2 / EHESS : 1 / EscoM: 3 Embassy of France
4 Daily Allowances Scientific Service,
Embassy of France
5 Accommodation Service scientifique,
Ambassade de France en
6 Coordination in France / ESCoM
7 Final Report ESCoM / SAC
5. Perspectives of Seminar AA09
Thai Study in France .
- Thai Diaporas
4.1. Documents of ESCoM
4.1.1. The ARA Program At a Glance…
4.1.2. ARA Unifying Force of Cultural Diversity
4.2. CV des invitées
4.3. Les institutions
1. Le diaspora thaïlandais pourra également profiter.
4.1. CV de Key personnel in contact
4.1.1. Prof. Dr. Peter Stockinger, EsCOM, INALCO
Full professor in language sciences, audiovisual semiotics and interactive media studies at INaLCO
(Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris and director of the R&D lab ESCoM
of the FMSH in Paris. Director of the on line audiovisual archive programme ARA of ESCoM/FMSH.
Specialist in the fields of semiotic and cognitive modelling of documents, the description, indexing
and exploitation of audiovisual and multimedia objects.
Recent publication list (only recent monographies):
- Peter Stockinger, Les sites web. Procédures de description, d’évaluation et conception, Paris, Hermes
Science Publications 2005
- Peter Stockinger (ed.), Portails et collaboratoires pour l’enseignement et la recherche. Paris, Hermes
Science Publication 2003
- Peter Stockinger, Le document audiovisuel. Description, indexation et exploitation. Paris, Hermes
Science Publications 2003.
- Peter Stockinger, Contrôle et traitement de l’information. Paris, Hermes Science Publications 2001
- Peter Stockinger, Les nouveaux produits d’information. Conception et sémiotique du document. Paris,
Hermes Science Publications 1999.
4.1.2. Elisabeth de Pablo, EsCom
Research engineer of the R&D lab ESCoM, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris; Responsible of
digital audiovisual production and publishing of the AAR web portal “Archives Audiovisuelles de la
4.1.3. Jean-Claude Penrad, EHESS
FMSH/ESCOM : FONDATION MAISON DES SCIENCES DE L’HOMME – EQUIPE
SEMIOTIQUE COGNITIVE ET NOUVEAUX MEDIAS
The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) in Paris is one of the leading French public
research foundations in social and human sciences. Created in 1961, its central organizational missions
are the promotion of social and human science activities, the implementation of adequate research
infrastructures in social and human sciences (research libraries, academic publishing houses,
implementation of inter‐ and trans‐disciplinary cooperation and communication opportunities and
exchange facilities between researchers all over the world, implementation of research structures for
specific themes, digital networks and computer labs, management of scientific and cultural heritage,
contribution to national and international scientific policies, …).
FMSH is also coordinating for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as for the Ministry of
Education, a big number of mobility programs for researchers all over the world enabling FMSH to
host, every year, between 300 and 400 young and confirmed researchers from more than 55 countries –
especially from the Latin American countries through its South America Program..
The FMSH is headed by an administrator, an executive and a scientific board composed by
personalities from French and European universities and public research institutions. 120 persons are
employed at the FMSH in Paris and the annual overall budget is of about 16 millions of euros.
More specific information concerning FMSH and its different components can be found at the FMSH
official website: http://www.msh‐paris.fr/
The R&D laboratory Equipe Sémiotique Cognitive et Nouveaux Médias (ESCoM) will lead on behalf
of the FMSH the PANGORA project. ESCoM has as one of its principal missions the specification and
development of online cultural and scientific multimedia archives and their exploitation in the context
of research, formal and informal education, scientific journalism, documentation and professional
communication and life long learning.
Since 2001, ESCoM has developed the online audiovisual archive in culture and science (=
Audiovisual Research Archive; A.R.A) which constitute actually one of the most important online
audiovisual archives in France. The web site of this archive is:
ESCoM is owning its own physical, technical and technological infrastructure necessary for the
production, processing, diffusion and conservation of the multimedia resources composing the
cultural and scientific heritage of ARA (physical network, 8 servers among which 2 streaming servers
(one for flash videos, another one for wmv videos) and 1 important storage equipment, specialised
working stations, etc.
INA : INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L’AUDIOVISUEL ‐ RECHERCHE
INA is in charge of French radio and television archives and a partner of broadcasters and producers.
About 950 persons work in the institution, also in charge of professional training, research and
experimental production. Ina is gathering, safeguarding, digitising, restoring and communicating
French radio and television archives, representing more than 60 years of radio and 50 years of
television programmes, and large amount of collections: 2,5 millions hours of radio and television,
more than one million of photos. INA is in charge of the Legal Deposit for national TV and radio
channels since 1995, with more than 300 000 hours each year. INA has launched on line services for
professionals, who have direct access to all digitised collections and may buy full programs or
excerpts. A new service for the general public was launched in April 2006 with 100 000 programmes
available on line, mainly for free viewing and possible purchase for personal use.