Images for the Future project has three key objectives:
- Saving important Dutch audiovisual heritage of the 20th century. This must be done now otherwise it's too late.
- Making available digital audiovisual heritage for education, the creative industries and the general public.
- Innovating, which will benefit the heritage sector and makes the Netherlands an international forefront of digitization of cultural heritage.
The Images for the Future project aims to realize the following end products:
- Preservation, digitization and provision of access to 91.183 hours of video, 22.086 hours of film, 98.734 hours of audio, and 2.5 million photos.
- Provision of substantive access (i.e.: contextualization) to the material, especially for educational purposes, but also for the creative industries and the general public.
- Provision of access to a core collection of digital film and audio, either devoid of intellectual property rights, or licensed under Creative Commons. Educational purposes will be given primacy.
- A distributional infrastructure that provides the broadest possible access to the material that has been opened up.
- New services related to the Dutch audiovisual collections for the educational sector, heritage institutions, the creative industries, and society in general.
With this large body of digital content, public as well as private parties will be able to develop activities. The electronic infrastructure and the digitized audiovisual content will be disclosed to further develop public and commercial services. The most important goal is maximum availability of the audiovisual material to everyone. Accessibility will not be free in every case. In addition to questions surrounding intellectual property rights, Images for the Future is confronted by the following trade-off: on the one hand, there should be a restriction on the use of general means by making users pay for access; on the other, significant importance exists in providing access in the broadest and most approachable way. In practise, payment will depend on user backgrounds: for example, the project must provide educational content against restricted costs; while for private parties it can demand a market-oriented fee. Nevertheless, such incomes will never suffice in covering the costs of preservation and digitization.
A second goal is cost efficient set-up and execution of the project. The cooperation between the partners and the use of an already existing infrastructure will contribute to this aim.