EUscreen is a consortium of European broadcasters and audiovisual archives.

As expert hub on audiovisual access, we enable organisations in the audiovisual domain to share their content with a wider audience. We also help build on our partners' expertise to promote a continued transfer of knowledge and open dialogue on publication standards, IPR, contextualising content and on attracting audiences.

EUscreen started in October 2009 as a three-year project funded by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme. Through a succession of EU-funded projects, more than 60.000 videos, photographs and articles representing Europe’s television heritage have been made available online through our freely accessible multilingual portal.

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  • EUscreen is the pan-European aggregator for audiovisual content. As expert hub on audiovisual access, we enable organisations in the audiovisual domain to share their content with a wider audience. We also help build on each of our partners’ expertise to promote a continued transfer of knowledge and open dialogue on publication standards, IPR, contextualising content and on attracting audiences.

    The EUscreen community has a long and rich history which has grown out of a succession of EU-funded projects: from Birth of TV (2003-2005) and Video Active (2006-2009), to EUscreen (2009-2012) and EUscreenXL (2013-2016). EUscreen is also the proud winner of the 2012 Silver Lovie Award in the category Television, celebrating creativity and originality online.

    Today, the EUscreen Foundation successfully operates:
    • a dynamic website giving free online access to over 60.000 items of audiovisual heritage from 24 broadcasters and archives across Europe with highlights from collections showcased through a range of interactive features
    • an infrastructure which enables aggregation and standardised access to a wide range of audiovisual data and content, connecting over audiovisual archives to Europeana
    VIEW, a peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access journal in the field of television studies

  • EUscreen is an independent, inclusive network, supporting durable and contextualised access to Europe’s television heritage.
    We actively promote awareness of audiovisual heritage in various domains, including education, research, media production and towards the general public.
  • EUscreen is a Foundation under Dutch law (Stichting EUscreen). The Foundation provides a legal and strategic framework to govern the consortium of European audiovisual archives, public broadcasters, academic and technical partners, and a framework to manage its assets. The Foundation Board consists of five appointed representatives who are jointly responsible of managing the Foundation.

    The Foundation is organised around four core activities:
    • maintain an online platform offering high-quality standardised access to digitised audiovisual heritage content
    • initiate activities and maintain a network of partners that contribute to the mission of the Foundation
    • provide a legal framework to govern the Foundation and manage its assets
    • publish the VIEW journal

  • As European AV expert hub with a special focus on broadcast material, EUscreen acts as domain aggregator for AV content for Europeana, the digital platform for European cultural heritage.

    As member of the Europeana AV taskforce, EUscreen proposes criteria for improvements in the accessibility and usability of AV heritage collections, and provides recommendations on issues and challenges affecting the digital heritage field.

  • There are two ways in which your institution can get involved:

    1. By becoming a “Participant”

    Participation in the network is free. As member of the network, your expertise and ideas are key in determining the scope of our future activities, e.g. by assessing the Foundation’s multi- annual strategic plan, potential funding proposals, or by helping with dissemination activities, contributing and/ or curating content for collections, or by hosting network events etc.

    2. By becoming a “Supporting Participant”

    Organisations that contribute 600 Euro per annum will be classed as “Supporting Participants”. Apart from enjoying the benefits EUscreen offers to all its participants, Supporting Participants receive:
    • free access to all EUscreen events
    • priority involvement in future project proposals
    • extra visibility via EUscreen social media and portal
    • the right to put yourself forward for
    • future elections of the Foundation Board members

    As a vibrant independent network, EUscreen’s strength lies in the diversity and in the long-standing commitment of its members. We always welcome new additions to our growing family and would very much invite you to consider coming on board.

  • Partners benefit in three distinct ways:

    1. EUscreen as an additional channel for distribution and engagement of content:
    • international rather than national reach (new audiences, opportunity to become involved in multinational partnerships)
    • offer content as part of Europeana’s thematic collections
    • scholarly publications (VIEW Journal)
    • raising visibility and awareness through multiple communication channels(e.g.social media, newsletter, events)

    2. EUscreen as an innovative access point to publish and curate data on the web:
    • providing high-quality standardized and multilingual access
    • harvestable by Europeana and others (Linked Open Data)

    3. EUscreen as expert hub:
    • develop funded projects involving members’ collections
    • sharing knowledge on best practices and standards in the sector, influence pan-European policy making, i.e. on copyright
    • benefit directly from revenue generated through external project funding (e.g. Europeana DSI) standardized and multilingual access

  • The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together television, film and audio clips and programmes, as well as production images and documents that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes and newsreels that focus on everyday experience. EUscreen is intended to be a resource for educators, researchers and media professionals searching for new audiovisual content from across Europe.

    The EUscreen portal was built by a consortium of European audiovisual archives, public broadcasters, academic and technical partners. It has been funded by the European Commission. The EUscreen project ran from 2009 – 2012 under the FP7 programme. Its successor, EUscreenXL, concluded in 2016 under the CIP ICT-PSP support programme.

  • Most of the clips and programmes have been selected for a range of historical topics that aim to provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic developments and events that have taken place in the second half of the twentieth century.

    As some partners began broadcasting and collecting content later than others – and as different archiving policies and recording technologies have influenced what has been kept and preserved over the years – the EUscreen broadcasters and archives have contributed to these historical topics in different ways. This is why, for some topics, there are sometimes more clips from some partners than others. A large number of clips and programmes have been selected by the broadcasters and archives themselves to showcase their own strengths and interests – and many of these clips and programmes have been included in a number of specially devised virtual exhibitions.

  • At this time it is not possible to download clips or programmes because of the complicated rights restrictions that broadcasters and archives are subject to in each country. If you want to find out more about a particular item – for example, if you are a professional researcher and you want to buy or find out how to use the clip in a programme – then click on the ‘copyright’ icon underneath the clip and use the ‘Contact the provider’ link provided at the bottom of this page to fill in a contact form.
  • The EUscreen consortium consists of a group of organisations and archives who agreed to work together on providing access to their materials. If you know of an audiovisual archive that might be interested to work with us, do not hesitate to get in touch.
  • To find out how we at EUscreen have devised our metadata schema, what standards it is based on, and how we support the principles of open access, take a look at ‘EUscreen and Metadata’.
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