Historic Travel Documents Make Online Debut

Press release by the European Library

Take a journey to the North Pole, book your ticket on a 1930s car trip through eastern Europe or flip through hundreds of historic postcards, maps and guidebooks. These are among over 500 items that have been collected from 13 prestigious national and university libraries in Europe for Travelling Through History – a virtual exhibition created by The European Library.

The opening of the exhibition marks the first time that many of these important historical documents can be accessed online. They were digitised for the EuropeanaTravel project, and the assembled collection covers a broad geographical and historical range. India, Japan, Central Africa and the South Pacific are some of the destinations represented, with objects dating from the 12th century to modern times.

A leather-bound photograph album, documenting a tour around Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, is one of the exhibition highlights. Evans was a prolific traveller, who became famous for his excavation of Knossos Palace on the Greek island of Crete. The trip in 1932 retraces a similar journey Evans made on foot in 1875.

The visitors’ book of Dutch scientist and physician Bernardus Paludanus (1550-1633) is also fascinating. This bulky little album with about 1,900 contributions was signed by the many people who visited Paludanus at his home in the Netherlands. It also accompanied Paludanus on his travels to places as far away as Palestine, and includes illustrations by Italian artists of Venetian beauties and a gondola voyage.

Other curiosities include an 1821 visitors’ guide to Poland, and a Baroque map in the shape of a Rose. Vienna – the capital of the Hapsburg Empire – forms the stem of the flower, while the petals of the flower spread across Bohemia. The map is embellished with the crown and the motto of King Leopold I, who ruled over much of Central Europe in the 1680s.

Each object in Travelling Through History is accompanied by curatorial information in English and the main language of the contributing institution. Most objects can also be downloaded.

Taking Care Of Orphan Works – EFG Open Conference on Rights Clearance in European Film Archives

Press release by the European Film Gateway

Date: 30 – 31 May 2011
Venue: EYE Film Institute Netherlands , Vondelpark 3, 1071 AA Amsterdam

Developing best practices for rights clearance and the IPR management of cinematographic works has been one of the aims and challenges of the European Film Gateway project which is about to end this August. Although the EFG partner archives will be provided with the necessary tools to clear rights for the film-related material they want to publish online, one major question remains unsolved: how to facilitate access to and provide for the legal use of orphan works on Europeana and other cultural heritage portals?

To continue the discussion between film archives, Europeana and rights holder organisations, EFG is organising the open conference “Taking Care Of Orphan Works – Rights Clearance in European Film Archives” in Amsterdam on 30 and 31 May 2011. The conference will address the following key questions and issues:

  • How is the orphan works issue dealt within Europeana and the Europeana group of projects?
  • Which models do they consider appropriate to clear rights and facilitate online access to orphan works: legal solutions, contractual agreements, extended collective licensing, risk management?
  • Which models are applicable for the film heritage sector and which are not?
  • Examples of best practices for rights clearing and IPR management within European film archives?

The keynote speech will be given by Elisabeth Niggemann, Member of the Comité des Sages on Digitisation and Director General of the German National Library. The conference is jointly organised by the EFG partners EYE Film Institute Netherlands, leader of the EFG Work Package “IPR Management and Administration” and the Association of European Film Archives ACE, initiator of EFG and one of the leading protagonists in the
orphan works debate.

Attendance to the conference is free of charge, however, the amount of seats is limited. For further information and to register, please click see www.europeanfilmgateway.eu.


Save the date for the Second EUscreen International Conference in Stockholm on 15 and 16 September 2011. The conference program is still under construction, but there will be one day with plenary presentations and one day with two workshops. More information about the conference can be found on this website in the next few months.

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