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The No Time to Wait Conference

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision shall host the fifth No Time to Wait conference. No Time to Wait is a FREE three-day conference focused on open media, open standards, and digital audiovisual preservation managed by No Time to Wait has always been a conference that blends in-person and online participation and this year we shall work to emphasize online participation in response to the social, travel, and financial restrictions related to the pandemic.

The theme this year is "Open Isn't Enough" highlighting that simply bringing openness into our work is not enough to propagate its adoption and accessibility, but that open media and open standards require an environment of skill-sharing, advocacy, collaboration, and community-building to be truly useful.


December 8-10, 2021


If you'd like to participate in No Time to Wait 5, either in-person or online, please complete our registration form. Note that space is limited.

Our Program

Our Program for No Time to Wait 5 is now online. Thank you to everyone for contributing to create this captivating schedule.

Contact the organizing committee with any questions, comments, or requested changes regarding the conference program.


No Time to Wait continues as a free registration event, thanks to our sponsors and to our volunteers. Volunteers help coordinate the stage and onsite registration, contribute designs, record and stream the conference, and represent remote participants. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up for a volunteer opportunity at The second tab on the volunteer spreadsheet describes the volunteer opportunities in more detail.


The No Time To Wait conference features presentations and discussion on topics such as:

  • developing collaborative initiatives to preserve media
  • efforts to extend capabilities and opportunities within archives
  • active open media standardization projects
  • seeking consensus in audiovisual preservation strategy
  • examination of open media use in film and video digitization
  • integration of open source tools into archival workflow
  • examples of cross-community collaboration and skill-sharing
  • developments in open media
  • and more

Follow @nttwconf for news and updates about No Time to Wait. Our recommended hashtag is #nttw5.

The conference will be livestreaming on the MediaArea YouTube channel available here.


Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Media Parkboulevard 1, 1217 WE Hilversum, Netherlands.

exterior image of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision Photo Credit: 85jesse

Travel Grants

UPDATE: We have re-opened our travel grant application. Please apply by October 29th by 5:00 pm (CET) to be considered.

We are changing the way that we're doing travel grants this year. In past years we distributed grants of €250 to selected travel grant applicants. This year we are offering variable funding. For transparency, our reasoning and approach to travel grants is detailed at

To apply for our travel grant, please complete this form by October 29th:

For those based in the United States and employed as library, archive, museum or cultural heritage professionals, we encourage you to apply for the funding opportunities of the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network's Professional Development Funding program, which is able to fund travel-related costs to participate in No Time to Wait. Please see to apply.

Thanks in particular to AV Preservation by, FIAF, Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA), Europeana, and No Time to Wait attendees for sponsoring these travel grants.


The organizers of No Time to Wait strive to sustain this conference as a free registration event through efficient and transparent budgeting and via the generosity of our hosts and sponsors. The sponsors of No Time to Wait help make the discussions, presentations, and momentum of the No Time to Wait event possible and enable the event to maintain a high level of accessibility and involvement. Sponsors shall be acknowledged via the conference's website, printed programs, and presence at the conference. Sponsors may indicate that their contribution is allocated to a specific need, such as funding travel stipends, hosting a reception, or supporting live streaming. To discuss or inquire regarding sponsorship opportunities please please contact us.

Thanks to the following organizations for generously supporting No Time to Wait.

You can also support the No Time to Wait conference by becoming a MediaArea member.

What's the Word About No Time To Wait

No Time to Wait 2 was a strong statement in regard to the increased and enormously productive collaboration between film and media archivists and developers. It opened up a perspective for digital film preservation pathways and practices that are based on open standards, open source software, and business models which balance openness and the avoidance of vendor lock-in with plannability and adequate financial reward for developers.
-- Michael Loebenstein, Österreichisches Filmmuseum | Austrian Film Museum

No Time to Wait 3 was an inspiring event, bringing together a dynamic community of a/v archivists, developers and digital preservationists in a friendly atmosphere to facilitate open collaboration, information exchange, debate and consensus-forming. Attendees left with an invaluable network of supportive contacts as well as heads and laptops bursting with new ideas, resources and approaches to the challenges of moving image preservation. More than any similar event I’ve attended, the NTTW series operates like a vitamin injection of enthusiasm, energy and inspiration to face the work ahead!
-- Stephen McConnachie | Head of Data and Digital Preservation | British Film Institute

Want to Host No Time to Wait?

If you're interested being considered as a host for the sixth No Time to Wait. Please complete this interest form and a member of our organizing committee will be in touch with you soon.

Code of Conduct

No Time to Wait is governed by the Contributor Covenant version 2.0. All coordinators, contributors, and participants agree to abide by its terms. To report violations, send an email to or contact a conference coordinator.

Conference Planning

NTTW Organizing Committee

  • Dave Rice, Conference Manager
  • Valeria Dávila
  • Alessandra Luciano
  • Jérôme Martinez

NTTW Host Committee, Sound and Vision

  • Rasa Bočytė
  • Johan Oomen


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