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Mr. Ray Edmondson

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Company Description: The Friends is a group of volunteer advocates working to further the aims of the Archive and to encourage links between the Archive, the film and sound communities...   more

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctorate
    Charles Sturt University
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Contacts, 18 June 2015 [cached]
Ray Edmondson President
Archive Associates - Voluntary Involvements, 28 April 2015 [cached]
Ray Edmondson maintains a range of voluntary commitments in professional organisations and UNESCO programs.
AUDIOVISUAL ARCHIVING Archive Forum is an independent, expert advocacy group committed to the sound development of Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and its establishment as an autonomous statutory authority. Ray has served as honorary Secretary to the Forum since its inauguration in 2002. The Forum's work and its position papers are internationally known and highly regarded. The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), based in Los Angeles, USA, is the largest professional society in the audiovisual archiving field. Ray is chair of both its International Outreach Task Force and its Advocacy Task Force, both of which he was instrumental in setting up (in 1999 and 2005 respectively.) He is also a member of the Education Committee. The South East Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) was established in 1996 and Ray served as its inaugural president (1996-2002). He has since continued to serve on its Executive Council ex officio as Immediate Past President. Ray is a member of the National Film and Sound Archive Advisory Committee and is also a committee member of the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Inc. In addition, he serves in the honorary role of the Archive's first Curator Emeritus, which means that his corporate memory and advice is always freely available to the Archive's staff. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Center for Home Movies, Los Angeles, the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, at George Eastman House, Rochester NY, USA and the Asian Film Archive, Singapore. As part of his contribution to the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) he prepared the "issues paper" which points towards a new UNESCO instrument to give expanded support to the preservation of the world's audiovisual heritage
UNESCO Memory of the World Program Ray has been involved in various capacities with the Memory of the World program since 1996, serving a 4 year term as member and rapporteur of its International Advisory Committee and authoring the current (2002) edition of its core document, General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage. Currently he serves on committees at the national, regional and international level. He has been Deputy Chair of the Australian Memory of the World Committee since its establishment in 2000. In December 2005 he was elected Chair of the Memory of the World Regional Committee for Asia-Pacific for a 4-year term. He has served on the Register Subcommittee of the International Advisory Committee since its establishment in 2002, and was recently reappointed for a 4 year term as the nominee of the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA).
Memory of the World Conference 2008, 7 Mar 2009 [cached]
Mr Ray Edmondson is Director of Archive Associates ( Starting in the film section of the National Library of Australia in 1968, he ultimately becoming the section's Director. Closely involved in creating the National Film and Sound Archive in 1984, he was Deputy Director until 2001, then Curator Emeritus. He serves on its present Advisory Committee. In 1987 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), and in 2003 the Silver Light Award of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, both for career achievement. Ray writes, speaks and teaches internationally. His latest monograph is Audiovisual archiving: philosophy and principles (UNESCO, 2004). He is secretary of advocacy group Archive Forum, and working on his doctorate at Charles Sturt University. Since 1966, Ray has served in various capacities in the Memory of the World Programme, including authoring its current general guidelines. He is presently Deputy Chair of the Australian Memory of the World Committee, Chair of MOWCAP and a member of the IAC Register Subcommittee.
Archive Associates - Welcome, 7 Aug 2010 [cached]
RAY EDMONDSON OAM, B.A. Dip Lib After graduating in Arts and Librarianship at the University of New South Wales, Ray joined the Film Section of the National Library of Australia in 1968. In 1973 he established and led its new Film Archive Unit. In 1978 he became overall head of the Library's Film Section. Described as the 'moving spirit' behind the creation of the National Film and Sound Archive in 1984, he served as its Deputy Director until 2001, when he was endowed as its first honorary Curator Emeritus. During this public service career he devised and led corporately funded film restorations and pioneering programs like The Last Film Search and Operation Newsreel. His service as chair or board member of various professional or community organisations has been wide ranging and have included The Federation Line Inc., Music Roll Australia, Archive Forum and the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive. Internationally, he served as inaugural President of SEAPAVAA (South East Asia Pacific AudioVisual Archive Association) from 1996 to 2002, and remains ex-officio Council member. He presently leads AMIA's Advocacy Task Force and co-chairs its International Outreach Task Force. Since 1996 he has been involved in UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, authoring its current General Guidelines, and presently serves on its national, regional and international committees. Ray writes, advises, speaks and constantly travels internationally and his regular teaching commitments include the professional audiovisual archiving courses offered by Charles Sturt University (Australia), University of East Anglia (UK) and the George Eastman House School of Film Preservation (USA). His latest monograph, Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Principles was published by UNESCO in 2004.
In 1987 Ray was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his work in audiovisual archiving. In 2003 he received the AMIA Silver Light Award for outstanding career achievement.
UNESCO MOWCAP, 1 Nov 2005 [cached]
13. Mr. Ray Edmondson, the interim vice-chair of MOWCAP, gave an overview of the Memory of the World (MOW) history and organizational structure. He introduced the "General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage" and discussed the outcome of the recent MOW IAC Meeting in Lijiang, China in June, 2005. The full text of the Report is attached as Annex D .
14. Mr. Edmondson also presented a report, commissioned by UNESCO, of MOWCAP's history and development, difficulties in promoting or carrying out the MOWCAP Program, future plans and importance of the National Committees and the Regional Register. Mr. Edmondson's full report is attached as Annex E .
20. Mr. Edmondson discussed the process and operation of setting up national committees as reflected in Section 5.2 of the Guidelines. He emphasized a) the need for UNESCO National Commission, as legitimate organizers of the MOW National Committees, to be able to set-up effective working committees composed of members from the various collecting profession sectors who would be able to work together; b) the importance of National Committees keeping contact with logical bodies such as MOWCAP and the MOW Secretariat at the Paris Headquarters for the annual reporting and for links to continuing education on the programme; and c) the practicalities that should be kept in mind such as the composition of the Committees (to include conservation specialist), frequency of the meeting, keeping minutes of the meetings as basis for reporting, and establishing Sub-Committees.
21. Mr. Edmondson also discussed the National Register as part of the National Committee operations, how nominations for the International Register could be submitted either directly to Paris or through the Regional or National Committee.
23. Ray Edmondson shared the Australian Experience as a concrete example of how a National Committee is set-up in terms of its membership, structure and commitment expected of members who are leading practitioners in the field and who came from various critical heritage sectors with the institutional credibility to bring about the work of the MOW Programme.
28. The Meeting elected the following as members of the MOWCAP Bureau: Mr. Ray Edmondson (nominated by Sudhendo Mandal of India) as Chair, Carmen Padilla (nominated by Allan Howell from Australia) as Vice-Chair, and Simon Chu (nominated by Mr. Prachark Wattananusit of Thailand) was elected as Secretary-General.
29. Dr. Susanne Ornager stepped down as Chair of the Meeting and Mr. Ray Edmondson took over to continue the conduct of the Meeting.
30. Mr. Ray Edmondson presented the draft Regional Register Guidelines which was modelled after the established MOW General Guidelines.
48. The Meeting adopted the draft document on the Rules of Procedures for the Register prepared by Mr. Ray Edmondson.
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