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From a 'Platform for the Archiving and Conservation of Art on Electronic and Digital Carriers' (NL: Platform voor de Archivering en Conservering van Kunst op Elektronische en Digitale Dragers) (2005-2010) towards a Centre of Expertise for Digital (Cultural) Heritage (NL: Expertisecentrum Digitaal Erfgoed) (2011-2018).

PACKED was founded in 2005 by Argos, M HKA, S.M.A.K. and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens as a knowledge platform for the archiving and preservation of audiovisual arts on elektronic carriers.

The Flemish government recognised PACKED as an umbrella partnership with nationally relevant expertise and honoured it with an operating subsidy for the period 2006-2010.

To increase its support base, PACKED focused on the challenges of digital cultural heritage in general. Since 1 January 2011, PACKED has been recognised as a national centre of expertise for digital cultural heritage. In this way, it was realised what Minister of Culture Bert Anciaux wrote in the Policy Document on Culture 2004-2009: "It is advisable to consider setting up a Flemish knowledge center on digitisation. In other countries, such institutions are the spearhead of an integrated digitisation policy. "

Since 2013 PACKED broadened its activities to the arts sector. Much of the arts heritage is preserved by the arts sector itself. However, in a digital environment the distinction between heritage and the arts is fading: born digital and digitised content already needs immediate care to fully integrate within the shared/collective memory.

PACKED has 8 employees, accounting for 7.7 FTE. In 2019, PACKED joined VIAA in the context of the merger of VIAA, PACKED and Lukas.

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