Greek Heritage Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

EUscreen partner ERT Archives, from Greece, have taken an important step in making the Hellenic radio and television heritage accessible to all Greek-speaking people. State-of-the art technology now provides access to digital content to people with disabilities. On the website, ERT Archives developed and implemented innovative software that takes away all restrictions to enjoy valuable audiovisual content online.

The service’s web pages were designed with disabled people in mind and follow international standards for access. It uses special software that puts together the media files for the Web and  also makes use of a media player that supports functionalities specifically developed for the visually or hearing impaired. These include big and clearly distinct control buttons, control of basic functions via the keyboard, audio descriptions, etc.

In this pilot stage, ERT Archives makes television programmes of the digital channel prisma+ available to everyone with special access services for disabled people. These programs were produced by ERT within the framework of the Digital Convergence operational programme of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), 2007-2013, which was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. ERT Archives aim to extend the use of these new services to content already available through the website as part of its policy, which is also supported by other NSRF-funded projects.



Belgium discovers EUscreen

Yesterday, November 23d, marked the Belgian launch event of EUscreen.

The EUscreen portal in its new form stepped out into the world on October 27th – World Day of Audiovisual Heritage – and was presented to the Belgian media during a press conference in Brussels.

The site was welcomed with great enthusiasm, and urged by stories on the radio and national news, people enthusiastically started perusing on the portal. This sudden great attention caused some issues with our servers. On the upside, the day turned out to be a fantastic stress test.

We apologise to those who have experienced slow response times and hope we can win back your trust. This day was a great test for the system and allowed us to make it more robust, more stable and more keen to process all of your enthusiastic search requests.

Meanwhile, we keep adding content and features to the site to make it a useful resource for all of the different user groups in each and every of the 18 European countries that contribute to the project.

An overview of Press sources:
De Standaard: Europees televisie-erfgoed online op EUscreen
Gazet van Antwerpen: Europees televisie-erfgoed online op EUscreen
– Radio: A radio interview on Radio 2 with Philippe Van Meerbeeck (in Dutch)
– Radio: Studio Brussel’s Tomas Staat Op spent a great deal of attention on the portal.

A small overview of Twitter users who enthusiastically discovered the site:

Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation

The European Commission has just adopted a Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation, asking Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve private actors in digitising cultural material and make it available through Europeana.

The recommendation invites Member States to:

  • Put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation and foster public-private partnerships to share the gigantic cost of digitisation (recently estimated at 100 billion EUR). The Recommendation spells out key principles to ensure that such partnerships are fair and balanced.
  • Make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, including all Europe’s masterpieces which are no longer protected by copyright, and all material digitised with public funding.
  • Get more in-copyright material online, by, for example, creating the legal framework conditions enabling large-scale digitisation and cross-border accessibility of out-of-commerce works.
  • Reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material, by, for example, ensuring the material deposited is not protected by technical measures that impede librarians from preserving it.

The Recommendation is an update of a first recommendation adopted in 2006. It takes account of Member States progress reports from 2008 and 2010, which show, that although progress has been made, more and better action is needed as regards financial resources, quantitative targets for digitisation and solid support for Europeana. It also builds on the conclusions of the ‘Comité des Sages’ on bringing Europe’s cultural heritage online, appointed by Commissioners Kroes and Vassiliou in 2010.

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EUscreen Project Video Release

Today we’re proud to release the promotional video for the EUscreen project:


We’d like to invite you to spread it around: Embed it on your website, send it to friends who haven’t yet discovered the project or use it in presentations around the world. We hope the video will explain what EUscreen is all about, what it can be used for and why you should delve in and explore the rich archival content that’s there.


EUscreen: Explore Your Past was created by Anna Dabrowska, intern at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and student at the Amsterdam MA Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image, who assembled the video using and remixing footage from various EUscreen partners. Job de Haas at NISV did the sound, Jacky Spears the voice over.

Footage sources:


Call for Papers on Performance and Television Space

– from:

The second symposium arising from the AHRC ‘Spaces of Television’ project will be held at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries (University of Glamorgan) on Friday 20 April 2012.

Proposals are invited for papers and/or panels on the theme of ‘Performance and Television Space’. Performance in this context should be interpreted in the broadest sense to include the full range of communicative elements in programme making, especially acting.

The project focuses specifically on television drama in Britain between 1955 and 1994, and we particularly welcome papers in this area, though we will also consider comparative perspectives (e.g. performance in dramas from other television industries, acting on television compared with film, transnational exchange/ co-productions).

Possible topics include but should not be limited to:

  • Acting styles in different genres (social realism, fantasy, horror) and spaces of production (studio or location)
  • Close analyses of the relationships between different performance elements in particular programmes or series
  • The institutional and/or, technological and/or production determinants on performance
  • The relationships between performance and wider social and cultural movements and themes; the social and cultural meanings of performance in different spatial and aesthetic contexts
  • Histories and historiographies of television drama performance, particularly relating to production strategies and institutional contexts.
  • Case studies of particular actors and/or programmes in relation to performance and space.
  • The impact of different ‘schools’ or theories of acting on British TV drama performance.
  • The role of production personnel, such as casting directors and directors of programmes, in determining preferred approaches to performance in British television drama.
  • The relationships between early TV drama and theatre

Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract (or panel outline) should be submitted to Professor Stephen Lacey ( by 6 January 2012.

We envisage 20-minute papers with no parallel sessions. We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students.

Spaces of Television is an AHRC-funded research project led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University of Glamorgan.

The Open Video Landscape: 90+ Web Sources You Might Have Missed

Update 2012/01/24 Vimeo adds CC-search functionality. Update 2011/01/10: TED Downloader added.

The web is full of moving images. History has befitted us with brilliant films, television broadcasts and art videos that are becoming increasingly accessible – at an unpredictable pace. With seas of wisdom surrounding us and mountaintops of information to delve in, where do you start your search when you’re in need of material – to teach, to show, to tell, to use? Where do you find video’s to freely (re)distribute? As copyright is being challenged in all domains (see our expanding list on IPR issues), how is online video earmarked (or not) for reuse? Giant steps have been made  this year for the Creative Commons movement, as video giants YouTube and Vimeo give producers the ability to attach CC licenses to the content they upload. But while search giants Google and Yahoo do allow you to search for CC-licensed materials on the web and in image searches, finding CC video is still a bit harder. EUscreen is exploring how archive content can be made accessible broadly, whilst recognising the intellectual property rights of that content. To this end, we’re hosting events such as License to REMIX!, a video remix and IPR workshop, and the 2011 EUscreen conference on ‘Use and Creativity’. Also, we have started to maintain a list of open, freely available and sometimes freely usable video sources for all your remixing, researching and leisurely searches.. Do let us know in the comments what we missed out on – and poke around on the wonderful resources that exist to go and create new, wonderful things.

Open Content + Open Source + Open Data = Open Video?

As all listings of “free” content, we would like to open with a brief note about what “free” means, especially with regard to “openness”. Some makers decided their work should be as open as possible, and use open technologies such as open source production materials for viewing and editing for the creation of their works. Other works are becoming available in the public domain or have been made available under a free-to-share license.  While every work on this list is yours to see, not everything is therefore automatically “open” – or yours to pick up.

Where to find CC video


CCsearch is your diving board into the wondrous world of online CC sources, all of which can be searched separately on their own digital turf – such as SpinXPress GetMedia and the Public Domain video’s on Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive. Creative Commons moreover regularly spotlights new CC events and users on their website and curate a full list of materials using Creative Commons licenses:

Open video has taken a great flight with the advent of Creative Commons licenses, which has brought a judicial way of showing internet videos and allowing you to tell people how they can or cannot your material. Flickr was of course an early adopter, and offers zillions of user-generated photo and video materias with quick CC access. Flickr Creative Commons videos is an assortment of CC licensed videos and on Flickr The Commons you can find a variety of videos licensed freely by GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, that is).

YouTube and Vimeo have recently followed in its footsteps. In the YouTube editor you can easily look for ánd edit on the spot reusable materials to blend in your video. Vimeo shows you the license of each video, but does not (yet?) offer the possibility to perform filtered search and lets you browse videos with Creative Commons licensesWhat Vimeo did recently roll out is its The platform also offers a music store, where editors can look for music to use in their video materials and a beautiful interface was installed to show users exactly what the license and usability is. In the field of music, openness has been in place for a longer time (due to fewer creators it’s often easier to decide on a licensing model) and beautifully curated sites such as the Free Music Archive and CCmixter often dozens of free music sources. For a full list of CC music platforms, see and

Open Video Repositories

  • Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository stems from the broadcast realm, just like EUscreen, but this repository holds broadcast quality footage that Al Jazeera has released specifically under various Creative Commons licenses.
  • Internet Archive’s Community Video Open Source Video’s on the wide and wondrous world of the Internet Archive – where there’s tons more of moving images to discover and explore, a good starting point of which is written about on their blog.
  • Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse. An initiative from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
  • Open Video Project The Open Video Project is a shared digital video repository and test collection intended to meet the needs of researchers in a wide variety of areas related to digital video. The Open Video collection currently contains video or metadata for 1865 digitised video segments.
  • The Media Burn Archive is a video archive that holds a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present.
  • Wikimedia Commons is a repository originally intended for for media to use in Wikipedia articles, which is now a source that hosts 4,400 video items under GNU or CC licenses or that are in the public domain.
  • World Digital Library: This digital library, supported by UNESCO, “makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.” Its video content, however, is minimal.

Video Footage for Remix and Reuse

  • Creative Commons list of CC-available films
  • Open Footage is a small repository of Creative Commons licensed 3d materials from an Austrian designer.
  • PixnMix Candy Jar: The Candy Jar is a collection of video clips produced mainly by VJs for VJs. The clips are licensed for non-commercial use – you’ll have to read and agree to the licence when you download.
  • Public Videos(alpha) is a large collection of free stock footage. Video clips are released to the public domain using the CC0 waiver.
  • StockFootageForFree is a website dedicated to providing completely free stock footage from around the world that can be downloaded instantly and incorporated into any type of video editing project-personal or commercial. You have to create an account but it’s worth the time.
  • Xiph Test Media: a collection of test sequences and clips for evaluating compression technology. Over at theri Theora Videos list, you can find an overview of video’s encoded with Theora, that are thus open source by nature (the content however, isn’t always, necessarily).
  • XStockvideo holds free HD Stock Video and Footage with a royalty free license granting full use in all types of projects.

Open-Source Films and Projects

Public Domain and Free-to-Share Film Listings

Public Domain Movies

Legal Torrent Distribution sites

Watch Excellent Films for Free

  • Open Film is an revenue sharing site for filmmakers and is set up for discovering, distributing and financing independent films online. Through its various third-party distribution platforms, Openfilm offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to gain exposure and earn revenue for their work.
  • Open Culture has a marvelous list of 420 movies of you to see – don’t forget to scroll down the list of titles to discover another big list of sources to watch films online.
  • NFB: documentaries, animations, alternative dramas and interactive productions on the web. The site also holds trailers, playlists and upcoming online releases. Free for personal use and on a subscription basis for schools and institutions.
  • Movies Found Online
  • Popcornflix: independently owned film library available for free online viewing.
  • SnagFilms: a distribution platform with 2500 independent films to watch for free.

Documentaries Free (and Less Free) to Share

Open Education Video Resources

Open Courseware and OER Video Projects

Online Educational Video Projects (or projects making prominent use of video)

Community projects

  • Engage Media gathers CC-licensed social justice and environmental video’s from the Asia Pacific
  • Isuma TV was launched as an updated social networking platform in April 2009 with over a thousand films in thirty different Indigenous languages free for users.
  • Open Voice Project
  • OurMedia is a media resource for people to upload and share their works that is run by the Internet Archive. Ourmedia’s community of over 150,000 members is seeking to use social media to advocate for the causes that improve people’s lives.
  • an online archive of densely text-annotated video material, primarily footage and not finished films. The entire collection is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non- commercial use.

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