Diversity of Christmas rituals on EUscreen

On EUscreen there are many television programmes from all over Europe which show Christmas customs, traditions and habits. Some programmes explore Christmas preparations in different countries, some others adopt a historical approach and consider the changes in tastes and trends over the recent years. To explore the variety of Christmas rituals, go to “Food and Drink” Virtual Exhibition.

 Virtual Exhibitions were created by curators, archivists and researchers on the project. 23 exhibitions were developed around specific themes that cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe. The exhibitions bring a storyline approach to the diverse collection of audiovisual heritage available on EUscreen. Read more

 

Exhibition Christmas food

“Television News Channels in Europe” Report

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new report on the TV news market in Europe (covering 38 countries). The entire 100-page report is free to download here. This report provides an overview of the types of channels both national and international, the balance between public and private, and the dominant languages of news channels in Europe. 

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This new report, carried out as part of the work commissioned by the DG Communication of the European Commission, sources data from the Observatory’s MAVISE TV database.

A review of developments in new media use and online viewing with particular reference to news is provided on the basis of recent studies by national organisations such as the ALM, CNC, and OFCOM, and a range of industry research and surveys.

  • Almost 300 news channels are currently available in Europe, of which more than 170 are established in the European Union.
  • Private channels dominate the national TV news landscape with more than 80% owned by private companies.
  • The pan-European channels with the widest distribution in Europe are CNN International, BBC World News, Al Jazeera (English), Euronews (English) and RT (Russia Today).
  • The number of news channels available over free DTT channels has increased to 43, compared to 16 four years ago.

World Library and Information Congress CALL FOR PAPERS

The Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) and the Information Technology Section (IT’S) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France August 16-22 August 2014.

 

TOPICS for this session can focus on any of the following aspects:

  •   User-centered, user-driven design, or usability incorporating multimedia
  •   Effective integration of multimedia applications in Massive Open Online Courses.
  •   Information management needs of scholars, or needs of patrons (by class or type)
  •   Media skills literacy for librarians and/or users
  •   Interface design factors
  •   Comparative aspects of design between mobile VS web apps
  •   Mobile access and computing factors
  •   Technological factors related to warehousing and access

Submission guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (500 words) and full author details is 31 January 2014.  Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia and the Information Technology Standing Committees.  Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 3 March 2014.  Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

The full paper is due on 28 April 2014 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.  Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.  Papers should be in an official IFLA language with an abstract.  All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA’s Author Form which formalizes this.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by email. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.  The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Approximately 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Congress; the full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language and the presenter doesn’t need to be the author.

*Please note that the expenses of attending the Lyon conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Submissions

Please send your abstract by 31 January 2014 to all:

Michael J. Miller
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)
Email: michael.miller@bcc.cuny.edu

Alicia García Medina
Secretary, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)
Email: alicia.garcia@bne.es

Edmund Balnaves
Chair, Information Technology Section (ITS)
Email: ejb@prosentient.com.au

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