EUscreenXL travels to Riga!

Author: Eve-Marie Oesterlen, Kamila Lewandowska

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Last week we attended the annual Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council Conference in Riga. For the first time we presented a sneak peak of the new portal!

BAAC 2The Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to foster cooperation between public and private broadcasting and AV archives, libraries and museums in the worldwide Baltic diaspora. Since the Baltic States are represented both in the EUscreenXL collection and in its consortium, we were invited to take part in the yearly BAAC conference. ‘Safe versus Reusable: Ideals versus Real Life’ was this year’s theme; the venue (in many ways reflecting the theme) was Riga’s recently opened National Library of Latvia, the magnificent ‘Castle of Light’.

Maria Drabczyk (NInA), Eve-Marie Oesterlen (BUFVC) and Kamila Lewandowska (NInA) presented on ‘Going EUscreenXL’, sharing the joys/ideals and real life challenges of making European audiovisual content accessible for future re-use. While Maja spoke about the benefits for NInA of being both a content partner newbie and the lead of project dissemination, Eve-Marie offered an inside view into the challenges involved in co-ordinating the delivery of enriched and standardised quality metadata and content from over 18 European providers. The icing on this pan-European AV cake was supplied by Kamila, who presented a sneak preview of the new EUscreenXL online platform, which will officially be launched in October 2014 as part of the EUscreenXL Rome Conference. We received a warm welcome from the audience and a positive feedback regarding the project results.

Our colleague, Marco Rendina from Instituto Luce – Cinecittà (EUscreenXL partner) presented the Presto4U project which aims to foster research in digital audiovisual preservation, e.g. the use of technology by service providers and media owners, as well as to raise awareness in the area of AV preservation. Helle Bech Madsen from the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), also a EUscreenXL partner, presented a range of projects conducted by DR, illustrating the benefits of adopting a user-oriented approach. Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library in London, introduced the Europeana Sounds project, which brings together major European audio archives and web innovators in order to make high-quality audio collections accessible online. This project aims to aggregate over half a million audio metadata records and 200 000 related music scores, images and videos. Jolè Stimbirytė talked about users expectations and how the archivists should try to meet them.

Overall, it was great to share ideas with such a diverse audience of experts. It was impressive to learn about the variety of initiatives undertaken on an international, national and even individual level to both safeguard audiovisual cultural heritage and to ensure its accessibility for future generations.


More information:

EUscreenXL @BAAC 2014 Annual Conference in Riga presentation is now available on EUscreen slideshare profile.


EUscreenXL at the Gothenburg Book Fair

Author: Dr Christopher Natzén

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EUscreenXL will participate in the Gothenburg Book Fair on 25-28 September. The book fair is Scandinavia’s top literature event with circa 800 exhibitors and 100 000 visitors. For the second year running the book fair sets the stage for a feature called “The Digital Square”. Here organisations presents work aimed at digital access. This year the National Library of Sweden (KB) has joined forces and booth with the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) and Swedish Television (SVT) to showcase their various projects. KB as a partner of EUscreenXL is highlighting this project.

During the fair’s four days the public and professionals will be able to hands on look at the EUscreen portal as well to be able to discuss its aims and goals. On Friday morning a seminar will be dedicated to discuss user expectations on digital archives and EUscreenXL in particular.

If you are visiting Gothenburg pass by the booth! Take part of a competition hosted by Swedish Television, listen to panel discussions or just relax in our comfortable sofa with a programme from one of the participating archives/broadcasters in EUscreenXL (tablets will be available for loan). You can also join us for our reception on Thursday afternoon.

A comprehensive recapitulation of the events at the fair, the EUscreenXL reception, discussions with users, images and so forth will follow after the fair. Stay tuned!



EUscreenXL involved in an international ‘Freedom Express’ campaign

Author: Maria Drabczyk


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EUscreenXL becomes a partner of the socio-educational ‘Freedom Express’ campaign, commemorating the political transformation of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe.

On August 25th in Warsaw, the plans for the campaign were announced during a press conference. The Freedom Express is organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in collaboration with multiple respective European partners including Europeana and EUscreenXL. The campaign is designed to be a reminder of the fundamental meaning that the revolutions of 1989 had on the identity of Europeans living on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.


The tour will take 20 young historians, journalists and artists through European countries following the footsteps of 1989. The expedition already started on 30 August in Gdańsk, Poland. Its participants will also visit Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany, where the journey will end on 13 September in Berlin. Their journey can be followed on the blog on the project’s website.

An important part of the campaign will be an outdoor, travelling exhibition ‘Roads to 1989 – Year of Change, East Central Europe 1939-1989’. It highlights the political and social processes that led to the division of Europe into two spheres of influence, and then tells the story of the different paths that led Central European nations to freedom and democracy presenting the unique changes that began in 1989.

EUscreenXL contributed to the exhibition by creating a unique and historically meaningful video production. It includes content that shows important and commonly recognizable personalities and events from the political transformation time in Europe and depicts crucial social phenomena also typical for the period. The production has been divided into three short chapters – social movements, first political actions and important personalities & political breakthroughs.


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In October and November the first presentations will be held consecutively in Berlin, Budapest and Warsaw. The exhibition in the virtual version will be also available on the campaign website.

Seven EUscreenXL partners – Deutsche Welle, The Lithuanian Central State Archive, RTV Slovenia, Czech Tevision, National Audiovisual Archive of Hungary, National Audiovisual Institute of Poland (in collaboration with Video Studio Gdańsk), and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision contributed to the project.

The Freedom Express project is unique to the EUscreen consortium as it represents one of the first try-outs of the EUscreen Network activities aimed at reaching new audiences and stepping out of the online world by preparing a physical exhibition. It also opens EUscreen to collaboration with third party institutions – European government bodies, important European memory institutions and creative industry representatives.

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