Putting the “XL” in EUscreenXL: We’re Expanding

EUscreen successfully aggregated tens of thousands of cultural heritage audiovisual materials from all across Europe. However, there are more archival films and videos out there, waiting to be found, aggregated and organised in a way that makes it easier for everyone to discover the continent’s rich cultural heritage through moving images.

If two cookies are better than one cookie, what is better than 500,000 aggregated cultural heritage videos? 1.000.000 aggregated cultural heritage A/V materials made findable and accessible through a single entry point all in one place (Europeana), showing the way life in Europe was and continues to be. That is the challenge EUscreenXL has set itself.

EUscreenXL strives to make this possible but needs you in order for this to work. join the network_5Archives, broadcasters, universities, libraries: the consortium welcomes those with audiovisual collections online who want to contribute to this long-standing endeavor.

Join Our Network

Joining the EUscreenXL benefits multiple parties: your institution, your content and the general public. Here are some examples:

  • Help us overcome the fragmentation of Euorpean audiovisual cultural heritage content available online.
  • Have your content join the rich collection of European cultural heritage content available on Europeana, Europe’s online cultural hub.
  • Have your content be professionally contextualized by EUscreen’s network of academics and media professionals.
  • Become part of an interoperable portal which will increase your content’s visibility and accessibility.
  • Have your content’s metadata aligned to EBUcore (European broadcasting standard) and EDM (European cultural sector standard).
  • Have your institution become part of an expansive network of leaders and experts in the audiovisual cultural heritage sector.

Do any of these benefits strike your interest? Would you like to learn more? We would love to hear from you. Click on over to our Join the Network page or contact us at mailto:info@euscreen.eu.

Strategic Workshop on IPR Regulations for Audiovisual Heritage

 

On May 13, EUscreenXL and the Europeana Foundation organized a strategic workshop on the impact of copyright and ensuing issues for audiovisual archive collections. In this dedicated workshop, EUscreenXL presented its research on IPR and linked it to the most current events in EU policy on copyright.

The programme included presentations and expert responses by leading European IPR experts, specialized in online access to audiovisual heritage. The focal point of the workshop was a dedicated exercise in which we aimed to outline and prioritise the policy actions to be undertaken for the audiovisual domain on a European level.

A full report by Erwin Verbruggen can be found on the all-things-copyright-related 1709 blog. For the presentations, click the links below.

09:30 Erwin Verbruggen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision): Improving Access to Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage
09:50 Francisco Cabrera (European Audiovisual Observatory): Recent Developments Concerning Copyright Law in the EU
10:20 Eleonora Rosati (eLAWnora): Bringing Audiovisual Works Online: (No) Sooner Said than Done?
11:10 Réka Markovich (ELTE): Answers, Questions, Legal Issues
11:20 Krisztina Rozgonyi: Legal Deposit of Audiovisual Works – Copyright Matters: The Hungarian Solution
11:30 Julia Fallon, Joris Pekel (Europeana Foundation) & Maarten Zeinstra (Kennisland): Developing an Advocacy Strategy for EUscreenXL

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Learning with AV content, storytelling and copyrights – upcoming events and courses

Check out these exciting new events organised by British Universities Film and Video Council

 

Enhancing the learning experience with AV content: licenses, quality and value for money

25 June 2014 (Manchester) and 26 June 2014 (London)

How can you engage today’s students? And how can you ensure that your institution is meeting the needs of different learners? This conference, taking place in London and Manchester, will address the benefits of using audiovisual content in learning, teaching and research. See demonstrations of BoB National, the BUFVC Box of Broadcasts, and how this service can enhance the teaching and learning experience, as well as information on audiovisual resources from the BUFVC, Jisc and beyond. Find out more

Course: Think visual: video storytelling in education

Presented by: Catherine Chambers, Open University Commissioning Producer, 3 June 2014.

student_cameraThis new and innovative one-day course will cover the teaching role of video.  The course will aim to show participants how video can enhance the learning experience, when you might use video as a learning resource and how you would design a good learning video. As Commissioning Producer at the Open University, Catherine Chambers commissions short form content across all subject areas for multiple platforms, including iTunes, YouTube and FutureLearn Moocs.  Prior to this, Catherine worked for the BBC in radio production, as well as producing video for the BBC’s 5 Live YouTube channel, and live streaming the popular Kermode and Mayo film review. Find out more

 

Course: Copyright Clearance for Print, Broadcast and Multimedia Production

rights_logoPresented by: Alma Hales and Bernadette Attwell, 9 July 2014

The essential one-day course for those needing to copy, use and provide access to existing third party content in their work, delivered by expert practitioners in the field. Presented by Alma Hales, Head of Intellectual Property at the Open University and Bernadette Attwell, former Deputy Head of Intellectual Property at the Open University and co-owner of Copy-Right Consultants Ltd with Alma Hales, the course will provide participants with an up-to-date and clear understanding of how to approach the process of rights clearance. Find out more

 

“Talk of Europe” creative camps and call for papers

creativecamp-1024x680The Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus project aims to instigate pan-European collaboration by organising three international creative camps in 2014 and 2015. The creative camp intends to bring together developers and academic researchers, with the goal of making inventive use of the European Parliament’s dataset, exploiting web and natural language processing techniques to add new knowledge and functionality to the dataset. The first camp will be held 6-10 October at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands.

The event will comprise five consecutive days, which will include 1) presentations by humanities scholars and political scientists on how they use political datasets, 2) presentations by computer scientists showing best practices from other projects and 3) practical sessions for tool development.

In order to participate, the TOE organisers welcome proposals describing ambitions for research tools and/or links with other datasets. Submissions should describe the following:

General description of idea (should not exceed 1000 words) including:

  • The research tool to be developed.
  • The datasets to be used.
  • The scholarly research problem or question to be addressed. For inspiration, please see www.talkofeurope.eu/cfp/inspiration.
  1. Contact info and a short description of research interests for all participants who would like to attend.
  2. A work plan to indicate feasibility of proof-of-concept creation in 5 days.
  3. A description of how the tool will be made available after the creative camp.

To submit a proposal, please send a docx or pdf file to kemman@eshcc.eur.nlbefore 20 June 2014. Accepted proposals will be made available on the talkofeurope.eu website.

The project is conducted within the framework of CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure), which aims to equip scholars in the humanities and social sciences with easy and sustainable access to digital language data through advanced tools.

International Journal of Digital Television issue 5.1 now available

The issue 5.1 of the peer review International Journal of Digital Television is now out and you can access it here . The journal aims to describe and explain the transition to digital TV and address the social and cultural questions surrounding the future of television beyond switchover. Content is broad and varied, ranging from a mixture of critical work on technological, industry and regulatory convergence, to the emerging wider socio-cultural and political questions such as audience behaviour, plurality of TV channels and television influence.

journalIn the current issue you can read articles from Toby Miller, Terry Flew, S. Papathanassopoulos, conference reports by I. Katsirea and Darcy Gerbarg, three book reviews, a special theme on ‘Private TV in Europe’ guest edited by Karen Donders and Caroline Pauwels with contributions from Maria Michalis, Tom Evens, Nele Simons and others.

You are all welcome to send ideas for full articles (6-6,500 words), short commentaries (1,500-2,000 words) and conference reports to be considered in the journal to Professor Petros Iosifidis (Department of Sociology, City University London), P.Iosifidis@city.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting them for issue 5.2 is end-June 2014 and for issue 5.3 mid-October 2014.

Potential issues to be addressed in future include, among others: the extent to which new media developments and changing media consumption require changes in regulatory philosophy and business practice; the extent to which globalisation, privatisation and deregulation alter the creative freedom and public accountability of media enterprises; whether digital TV actually increases choice and diversity or just offers more of the same and/or recycled programmes; concentration of media ownership and its effect on pluralism and diversity; national debates about the role of public service broadcasting in the digital epoch; comparative analyses of global TV formats; television for children; sports programming and televised sports rights.

Audiovisual digitisation, preservation and long-term access

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Register now for PrestoCentre’s Preservathon on AV Preservation Storage Solutions, taking place in Turin on 25 – 26 June 2014.

Learn to select the best storage solution for your AV archive
There is no such thing as ‘everlasting’ data storage. Digital preservation requires the indefinite, error free storage of information, together with the means for its retrieval and interpretation, irrespective of changes in technologies, support and data formats, or changes in the requirements of the user community. Any choice of storage solution, therefore, involves careful consideration, needs assessment, long-term cost evaluation and so on. Where and when do vendors become involved and what do you need to know about them and their products before you make your decision?

Target Audience
Library and archive technologists, directors of collection care and IT advisors interested in the various motivations and priorities of storage for digital audiovisual media across different domains.

Learning Objectives
After this Preservathon you:

  • Will have a better understanding of the concept of procurement and vendor rating;
  • Will be able to map organisational requirements to the market of storage solutions;
  • Will have a better understanding of functionality vs technology;
  • Will have a better understanding of costs (full costs of ownership).

The Preservathon will take place on 25-26 June at Rai “Museo della Radio”, Turin, Italy. The first day will be a hands-on workshop where teams will learn what is involved selecting the best long-term audiovisual storage solution. The second day will host a mini-conference. This Preservathon is made possible by the Presto4U project.

More information: www.prestocentre.org/events/preservathon/storage-2014

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