Television Heritage on Europeana

Europeana sends out a monthly newsletter, with a hand-picked, curated overview of what’s new on the portal. This month, the newest addition on the site is EUscreen – the content of which has been made available on Europeana thanks to the hard work of our consortium partners and the Europeana upload team.

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Play, Pause and Press Forward

Conference: Screening the Future 2012

May 21-23, 2012, Los Angeles

Inspired by the success and enthusiasm of the Screening the Future conference in 2011, PrestoCentre presents Screening the Future 2012: Play, Pause and Press Forward. This year’s conference is organized by the PrestoCentre Foundation in collaboration with the University of Southern California, Shoah Foundation Institute and Digital Repository.

Screening the Future serves the global community of stakeholders who keep audiovisual content alive. This annual international conference brings together archivists, small and large archives, production companies, film makers, TV producers, service providers, vendors, funders, policymakers, and educators who are developing solutions to answer the most urgent questions facing audiovisual archives. With Play, Pause and Press Forward as the theme of this year’s conference, we explore the current status of audiovisual archives; the main challenges that archives and producers face in terms of IT, institutional position, and changes in use and market; and their future readiness.

Conference Themes

  • For the record: Should we talk about data or media?
  • Meeting the demand: How can we match users’ expectations with institutional capabilities?
  • “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small!”: What we can learn from each other

Master Classes

  • Archiving in production – the position of archives in the rapidly changing AV production climate.
  • Managing the cost of archiving – budgeting, forever cost and endowment pricing.
  • Infrastructure, repositories and services – the options and limits of archival systems in a variety of institutions.
  • Archiving future data – the attributes and requirements of future generated AV data.
  • Trusting the future archive – trusted auditing and certification of audiovisual archives and repositories.

Timing, Venue and Conference Rate

The conference takes place from May 21-23, 2012 at the University of Southern California Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Los Angeles, USA. Discounted conference rate is available for PrestoCentre members.

For more information about the conference, registration and member discount visit or send an email to




Discover Slovenia’s Television Archive

Critical Studies in Television publishes a series that draws attention to the inner workings of the different archive partners within EUscreen. This month the focus is on the TV Archives of Slovenia.

The archives were established in 1958, when Slovenian television started to broadcast their programmes. Radio Ljubljana had begun with a regular programme on 28 October 1928, while Radio Free Ljubljana had started to broadcast after the Second World War on 9 May, 1945 – liberation day.

Aleksander Lavrencic, who worked as an archivist at the Archives and Museum of the University of Ljubljana before joining the Slovenian TV Archives in 1999 and becoming Head of the Archive in  2003, and Junior Documentalist Katja Šturm take us on a tour of their archives and content. As well as focusing on the important political content in the archive, the article also highlights some of the more light-hearted content which RTV are contributing to EUscreen:

The material covers important political events such as the beginning of the war of independence, federal soldiers leaving Slovenia at the end of the war in 1991and the creation of the new state in 1991 and its declaration of independence, as well as significant national events such as the celebration of international worker’s day in 1964, the visit of Pope John Paul II and the plebiscite for an independent Slovenia with a live broadcast from the press centre. The material also documents day to day life in Slovenia and includes an eclectic selection of programme footage including coverage of children being vaccinated against Polio in 1961, a day among the fishermen on the Sora River in 1970, the dangers of pollution and environmental concerns, a programme covering the mating habits of the moor frog which causes them to turn blue and the discovery of the world’s oldest musical instrument at Divje Babe, a flute which could date back to the time of the Neanderthals.

You can read the full article online at the Critical Studies in Television website. Next up in this series there will be articles from KB (Sweden), Sound and Vision (The Netherlands), ORF (Austria) and INA (France).



Empowering Citizenship Through Media Literacy

Join decision-makers and experts at the EBU Brussels office on Wednesday, 1 March 2012 to discover how public service media (PSM) facilitate citizenship through media literacy.

During the morning session, a TV show will highlight how PSM and their partners connect with their audiences across Europe through a diverse range of projects involving key stakeholders. In the afternoon, PSM professionals, literacy experts, European policy makers, civil society representatives and programmemakers will have the opportunity for a hands-on debate during parallel workshops.

One workshop will focus on a discussion of media literacy and empowerment towards democracy. In the other, participants will work towards creating a ‘toolkit’ to promote the principles of media literacy across the broadcast media and facilitate further exchange and cooperation with potential partners.


You can register by using this link or click here to download the programme (pdf).

Media Literacy

  • Bridging the digital divide

Media literacy is an essential skill for everyday life. The digital agenda for Europe includes a range of measures to promote increased access to high-speed broadband. However, better access does not in itself ensure that EU citizens make use of broadband network applications. PSM drives the uptake of digital technologies by facilitating universal public access to online tools, supplemented by subtitling or audio description, and the confidence to use them. By bridging the digital divide, PSM promotes empowerment and cultural diversity.

  • Informing and empowering citizens to democracy

In an environment where citizens are beset by information, PSM play an important role in identifying credible sources of online information. As a trusted media outlet, they foster democratic participation by helping people analyse and evaluate public opinion and media messages. PSM also contribute to active citizenship by providing a platform for people to participate in the public sphere.

  • Creating a trusted space for creativity

PSM play an important role in empowering citizens to use evolving media technologies to stimulate creativity, audience participation and innovation. Public Service Media are particularly committed to creating a safe, creative online digital environment for children and young adults. Campaigns, online tools and cross-media programmes enable children and others to play an active role in the media world.


10:00    Welcome coffee and registration
10:30    Welcome speech by Jean‐Paul Philippot, EBU President
10:40   Speech by Jan Truszczynski, Director‐General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, European Commission

10:50 TV‐show featuring video footage of media literacy projects and short interviews   – Presenter: Thomas Vanderveken (VRT, Belgian Flemish Radio & Television). With a key note speech by Ragna Wallmark (Planning Director, UR, Sweden)  and including video footage and special guests from the BBC, Czech Television, WDR, RAI, Channel 4 and France Télévisions

12:30    Lunch

14:00    Workshops (in parallel)

  • Workshop I: Developing media literacy in a practical way: towards a media literacy toolkit  – Moderator: Evelyne Bévort (CLEMI).  Rapporteur: José Manuel Pérez Tornero (UAB, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).
  • Workshop II: Media Literacy & empowerment towards democracy – Moderator: Thomas Vanderveken (presenter at VRT). Rapporteur: Paolo Celot (EAVI, European Association for Viewers Interests). With a presentation by Ulrika Arlert (UR) on the Swedish TV series Medialised  and  a presentation by Philippe van Meerbeeck (VRT) and Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT) on the EUscreen project.

Presentations are followed by a debate with the participation of Aviva Silver, Head of Unit, MEDIA programme and media literacy, European Commission and MEP Mary Honeyball, S&D Culture coordinator, European Parliament

15:30    Coffee break
16:00    Workshop feedback and closing session (in plenary), with a closing speech by  Zoran Stancic (DG INFSO, Deputy Director General).

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