Europeana has released it’s Public Domain Charter

Europeana released it’s Public Domain Charter to protect the Public Domain. According to Europeana it is:

“a statement that calls for the Public Domain to be kept freely accessible to Europe’s citizens. Europeana believes that material held in trust for the public for generations, often at taxpayers’ expense, should not enter the private sector when it is digitised.” (Europeana news letter)

Digitalisation of cultural heritage that is already part of the public domain sometimes creates new and exclusive rights which restrict access to the digital version. The Public Domain Charter takes a strong stand against this development by claiming in the charter that:

  • Europeana belongs to the public and must represent the public interest.
  • The Public Domain is the material from which society creates cultural understanding and knowledge. Having a thriving Public Domain is essential to economic and social well-being.
  • Digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights over it. Works that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the Public Domain once they have been digitised.

The Charter is created in support of the recent Public Domain Manifesto by COMMUNIA. You can share your view on the Public Domain and the Pubic Domain Charter on the Europeana Facebook group.

Presentation of a new multi-lingual Mediterranean television channel during the COPEAM conference

By Claude Mussou

From 8 to 11 April 2010, the Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), has met in Paris under the patronage of Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic. Co-organised by Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (Ina) and supported by France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Communication, the 17th General Conference presented three flagship projects :

• The Channel for the Mediterranean: A multi-lingual and multi-cultural Mediterranean satellite television channel.
• MeD MeM: an Internet portal for the Mediterranean audiovisual heritage, supported by the Euromed heritage programme.
• The Mediterranean Audiovisual University:  a network of universities and schools training in audiovisual media and cinema within the Mediterranean region.

700 attendees from all European Mediterranean countries made the conference successful. INA CEO, Emmanuel Hoog, was unanimously re-elected as COPEAM President for the next 2 years. A call was launched to support the creation of the multi-cultural, multi-lingual Mediterranean Channel that will broadcast in all countries around the Mediterranean, addressing over 770 millions inhabitants. Many countries will contribute and the programmes will combine North and South perspectives.

Open call for the MEDEA awards 2010

The MEDEA Awards team have re-launched the MEDEA website for this year’s competition with a closing date of 31 July. This site includes a media gallery with best-practice showcases including interviews with the 2009 award winners, finalists and participants in the Highly Commended category.

The MEDEA team has also launched a MEDEA YouTube Channel which contains excerpts from 2009 winners and interviews with the representatives of Know IT All for Primary Schools, Daisy and Drago, Traditions across Europe, Eyes on the Skies, Planet SciCast, INgeBEELD and Neu in Berlin. Members of the EUscreen consortium took part in former editions of the MEDEA awards as jury members.

Growing interest in educational repositories

By Sally Reynolds

The amount of interest in educational repositories is on the rise and practically every European country now offers some form of repository for teachers and others to use. One very active group of people who are exploring this topic are members of the EdReNe thematic network which was funded under the eContentPlus programme, like EUscreen. EdReNe brings together people responsible for European web-based repositories with content owners and other stakeholders within education and its members include practically all the large-scale repositories run by agencies like Becta (UK), Kennisnet (The Netherlands), EduLearn (Portugal) and Skolverket (Sweden) for European ministries of education. EdReNe recently held their 4th strategic seminar on repositories of learning resources in Barcelona where they launched a discussion about 4 key areas of their work which sparked off a number of interesting discussions provoked in part by the reports produced by EdReNe on these topics which are: identifying repository strategies which work, identifying the best ways to engage users and producers, standardisation and Rights Issues. More information, including these reports are available from the EdReNe website.

EUscreen workshop on user requirements in Amsterdam

A workshop on user requirements has been held on March 31 in Amsterdam at the venue of Noterik. The workshop was attended by members of the working group on new services development and business models, technical partners and task leaders of Work Package 5, Use Case Development. The meeting was led by András Bálint Kovács from ELTE University and work package leader of WP5.

Aim of the workshop was to gain more insight in the user requirements for the various user groups of EUscreen. Preliminary to the workshop, focus groups and surveys have been held amongst the different user groups. The results of this research have been discussed during the meeting and provided the basis for the list of user requirements. The next step will be to translate these requirements into a first design of the EUscreen portal, which is scheduled to be online in January 2011.

The workshop also provided input for the market survey that is conducted by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Parts of this market survey will become available online on in the course of May 2010.

Additional funding for the development of online services for Memoriav

Memoriav, one of the associate partners of
EUscreen, has signed a contract in March with the
Swiss Federal Office of Culture which secures
federal funding for the archive during the period 2010-2013. A supplementary amount of 1.2 million CHF (€ 830,000) will be dedicated to the further development of the online services for audiovisual content. To reach this goal, the
Fraunhofer Institute in Germany will conduct a
study on how the online services of Memoriav
could be improved.

EUscreen safeguards television history

By Christopher Natzén/Mats Rohdin

On 4 March 2010, Sonja De Leeuw and Pelle Snickars presented Video Active and EUscreen at the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University’s research seminar. The presentation attracted attention afterwards in an article in the second largest Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, written by Professor Astrid Söderbergh-Widding from the Department of Cinema Studies. The article emphasises the importance of the EUscreen project for creating better access to European television history through a digital portal. EUscreen’s focus on research, learning and viewing just for pleasure is highlighted as well as the comparative aspects between Europe’s television histories. EUscreen’s link to Europeana’s larger context is also described. Furthermore, Söderbergh-Widding compares EUscreen with YouTube and writes that “the absence of a historical framework for interpreting” what is seen in the latter is fatal in the long run as these items are presented without enough contextualisation. The article concludes that “it is sometimes said that images gain ground from the written word”, and if this is true EUscreen is even more crucial as the need to present these images with an accurate framework increases as they grow in importance for everyday life.

Read the article (in Swedish)

First EUscreen regional workshop held in London

The first EUscreen regional workshop has been held in London on February 5 at the BUFVC venue. The workshop was the first in a series of three. During the workshops, archivists from the consortium gather to discuss issues regarding content selection policy, IPR and the metadata schema that will be used in EUscreen. The other two regional workshops will be held in Barcelona on February 15 and Budapest on February 22.

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