The project is made up of over 30 partners and associate partners from 23 European countries. The network was established in 2006. The EUscreen Foundation was founded in 2013 to ensure the long-term sustainability of the network.
EUscreen is a substantial network involving European audiovisual and broadcasting archives. EUscreen aligns audiovisual collections held throughout Europe and connects them within the audiovisual domain of Europeana, an online collection of millions of digitised items from European museums, libraries and archives.
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Danmarks Radio, Denmark
The materials will be digitalized according to the international standards set by EBU and others, and archived in DRs Media Archive where they will be stored securely and also be available for the DR production department via our fully digital production facilities.
DR has a long tradition for using historical material both in radio shows, television programs and giving access online, which this project will follow. The plan is to make the materials available online for the general public in various ways, and to the Universities through the national science network, a secured online environment owned by the Universities.
Deutsche Welle, Germany
DW’s current content portfolio, which concentrates on up-to-date news and in-depth background analysis, offers truly multimedia and multilingual programming on its three main media channels radio, television and online. DW pursues a multi-platform strategy in response to the substantial changes in the media domain due to media convergence and new media consumption pattern.
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, France
Instituto Luce Cinecittà, Italy
Luce’s Archive, with a total of more than 4.000 hours of footage and 3 millions photos, has been fully digitized and it is accessible on-line since 1998. Cinecittà Luce has participated in several EU co-funded projects in the IST, eContentplus and ICT-PSP calls, aiming at developing best practices related to digitization and access in the audiovisual domain. Among them, European Chronicles Online (ECHO), Video Active, European Film Gateway, EUscreen and EFG1914.
Osterreichische Rundfunk, Austria
The ORF’s websites post the country’s most coveted online news, also providing in-depth background information and a comprehensive set of services. Moreover, the „ORF-TVthek“ features a 7-day catchup of most television formats, allowing viewers to watch the programmes they missed online. The TV Archive of ORF holds over 2.3 million items of film and video material (~ 1,200,000 hours) ranging from shots of the late emperor Franz Joseph to yesterday’s breaking news. Documentation and Archives also runs a specialized audio-archive for TV-purposes (M&E) (~ 1M hours) More than 80 documentalists, archivists, editors, historians, sound-engineers, system-developers and administrative staff work in the TV archives, handling and annotating a daily material increase of about 45 hours, including digitisation and making it available for browsing purposes to all producing departments within ORF.
Radio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française, Belgium
RTBF Radio was launched in 1930 and Television started in 1953. RTBF now operates three television channels, La Une, La Deux, La Trois, along with a number of radio channels, La Première, RTBF International, VivaCité, Musiq3, Classic 21 and PureFM. From 2008 onwards, the digital deployment of the RTBF has led the company to new activities and the creation of its “New Media” department.
With its rich and diversified offer, RTBF is responding to the needs of the entire French community, representing over 4 million men and women living in Brussels and Wallonia, focusing on information, education and entertainment. Its archives (over 200 000 hours of sound and image programmes) reflect the life of the country, its history and mentalities, covering over 50 years of television and 75 years of radio.
Audiovisual Technologies Informatics and Telecommunications, Belgium
Staff and Associates are available for consultancy in the field of project specification, systems integration, technology implementation, dissemination, development and evaluation. ATiT has been instrumental in launching the annual MEDEA Awards and currently provide the secretarial support services to these annual awards, which encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. They also manage the annual Media & learning conference in partnership with the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training.
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Lietuvos Centrinis Valstybės Archyvas, Lithuania
Lithuanian Central State Archive has been a member of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) since 2004. The Audiovisual complex consists of film, sound, video recordings and photo documents. The division of Image and Sound is the main repository of cinema heritage in Lithuania and holds a total of 8.662 titles. Beside Lithuanian chronicles from 1920-1940, the chronicles of the Second World years, diverse Lithuanian newsreels and sketches from the post-war period, Lithuanian feature films, documentaries of independent film studios and individual creators, starting from 1991 there are more than 2500 units 16 mm silent sketches from Lithuanian TV from 1960-1992 and 45 units 35 mm TV made sound documentaries from 1961 – 1964.
Sound and Video documents department holds more than 20 000 sound documents from 1907 – 2009 – magnetic tapes, vinyl and shellac discs. One of the most interesting parts of the sound documents are records from Lithuanian emigrants’ radio in abroad. Archive holds Lithuanian radio records from over the World – From the USA till Tasmania. Records widely and comprehensively reflect cultural, social, political life of the Lithuanian Diaspora in abroad, their wills, ambitions and efforts in support to Lithuania in its struggle for independence restoration. The oldest and the biggest Lithuanian emigrants’ radio in abroad is radio from Chicago (USA) “Margutis”. The first broadcast of the radio was on 11 of April in 1932. “Margutis” radio continues its activities in nowadays. Archive holds records from 1953 till 1996 in amount of more than 2200 recorded magnetic tapes.
Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland
As Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster, RTÉ has been producing and curating broadcast materials for eight decades. The RTÉ Libraries and Archives collections consist of radio and television programmes, still images, production files, scripts, music scores and manuscripts. Collectively the RTÉ Archives encompass the history and culture of Public Service Broadcasting in Ireland from the advent of radio in 1926 through to the arrival of the first television service in 1962. These collections offer a unique and important record of Irish life and continue to be augmented every day. The RTÉ Archives also contain archive objects that pre-date the Broadcasting era, acquired via donors and other sources. Archive programming content is widely used in all of RTÉ’s broadcast output, schedules and platforms. Output from a special Archive production unit, set up in 2003, involves high-end restoration and digital re-mastering of archive programmes from film and video-tape for re-broadcast, as well as providing the basis for new programming using archive content.
Radiotelevizija Slovenija, Slovenia
It is the only network in Slovenia with both radio and television stations. The law also requires it to air radio and television services for both indigenous minorities, which is done with the help of the regional broadcasting centres. Recently, RTV Slovenia has been increasingly active online, especially after a new multimedia portal has been introduced in 2002. The portal includes regular news updates, broadcast archives and live transmissions of most services, both radio and television, online.
Kungliga Biblioteket, Sweden
Televisió de Catalunya, Spain
One of Televisió de Catalunya’s main objectives is to help consolidate and expand the use of the Catalan language, culture and identity, and disseminate knowledge of Catalan culture abroad, while reflecting the diversity of contemporary society. It seeks quality and innovation and strongly differentiates its output from that of other networks. At the same time, it does everything to ensure that its programs reach as many viewers as possible. Over the years, the network has won widespread international recognition for the quality of its programs. Today, Televisió de Catalunya produces and broadcasts a main generalist channel, TV3, and four different thematic channels (324, 33, Super3, Esport3), all in Catalan language. It is Catalonia’s main communication medium and the TV network that is most watched by the country’s citizens.
Televisió de Catalunya holds the most important audiovisual archive in the country. Right from the start, Documentation Department was founded with the mission of preserving its productions, both as company assets and as a cultural heritage, and managing the archive to provide a competent and effective service to internal and external users. Televisio de Catalunya has been one of the pioneer broadcasters in adapting a MAM digital system. The implementation of an in house developed digital system, DIGITION, started in 2003. Since then, the system has been extended to all production areas and has been upgraded to meet different user’s needs or to be adapted to broadcasting and technical developments. Now the system is fully operating for production, broadcasting and archiving, and is one of the company assets. In 2006 started the process for digitizing the old archive holdings, the videotapes archive, which holds about 250,00 videotapes in different formats. It has been now digitized about 50 % of archive tapes. The digital archive holds today more than 170,000 hours of digital video, approximately 100,000 hours of digital born material and 70,000 hours of digitized old video tapes. The digital archive is widely used within the company, and this use has increased in the last few years. The latest statistics show that an average of more than 500 clips per day were retrieved from the digital archive, for different purposes: transmission, re-use, web publication, footage sales. As a result an average of about 75 hours were downloaded from the digital archive each day, that is, more than 27,000 hours a year.
Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny, Poland
Televiziunea Română, Romania
Multimedia Archive is member of international organizations FIAT/IFTA since 1994.
Česká Televize, Czech Republic
New channels (news channel ČT24 and sports channel ČT4 Sport) were added in 2005 and 2006 because of planned digital terrestrial broadcasting. ČT24 went on air on May 2, 2005 and ČT4 Sport on February 10, 2006.
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, The Netherlands
Noterik, The Netherlands
The software of Noterik is used for managing and publishing large audiovisual archives which are used by European broadcasters and archive institutes. Corporate publishers such as Kluwer and leading training institute such as Schouten en Nelissen use our WebTV services to stream line video publishing on their website and e-learning platforms. One of the world largest maritime laboratory institutes, Marin, uses our software to streamline media workflow, transcoding and publishing of video recordings. In 2005 Noterik won the UN World Summit Award in the category for E-Government for providing advanced interactive webcasts in support of transparency in politics. In 2002 Noterik won the Telework Aspect Prize for novel e-learning applications.
Noterik is engaged in a number of international R&D projects, including FP7 LinkedTV and EUscreen eContentplus programs.
European Broadcasting Union, Switzerland
In 1950 Europe’s public service broadcasters embarked on an adventure. They decided to invest in the future, in a new technology – television. Today, the EBU plays a leading role in bringing Europe into the future, at the forefront of research and development of new media. The EBU has worked to help develop many new radio and TV systems: radio data system (RDS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital video broadcasting (DVB), high-definition TV (HDTV), TV-Anytime (TVA), NewsML (IPTC), production metadata in the SOA FIMS project, and the W3C Media Annotation ontology . The organisation promotes open technical standards and interoperability for the benefit of broadcasters and consumers, and explores the opportunities presented by new technologies. The EBU studies digital technology for production and transmission and advice members on appropriate solutions.
Nemzeti Audiovizuális Archivum, Hungary
NAVA provides online access to its collection within the framework regulated by law especially for educational and research purposes, so NAVA documents will be available at libraries and public collections providing public service. More than 1100 NAVA-points around whole Hungary take the possibility to have online access to this its audiovisual collection.
In total NAVA dispose of 503.000 television program records, 135.000 radio program records. More than 1.000.000 public key frames supports the advanced search in the archive.
IT infrastructure can serve about 1000 simultaneous metadata queries, 100 independent browser quality, and 10 independent broadcast quality media streams.
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
IVML participates in the design and implementation of intelligent semantic analysis and retrieval of multimedia content, following the MPEG (4,7,21) and Semantic Web standards. IVML has participated in the FP6 IP ACEMEDIA, NoE MUSCLE, NoE Knowledge-Web, NoE K-Space, IP Mesh, IP X-Media, STREP Boemie, IP We-Know-It IP. IVML has been a key technological member in the Digital Libraries and particularly in the EUROPEANA developments. S. Kollias has been a member of the EC ‘Interoperability Group’ on Digital Libraries in 2007, and a member of the Member States Expert Group on Digital Libraries (2007-). He has organised the Workshop on “Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library” in the European Semantic Web Conference, 2008. IVML has participated in the ICT E-Culture Imagination project, on knowledge-based access to historical content, in Videoactive & EU_Screen projects, in Michael Plus, in Minerva-ec & EDLNet NoE. IVML participated in the Europeana v1.0 Network, Europeana Connect, ATHENA, Judaica, Carare, E-CLAP, Linked Heritage, DCA, dealing with content analysis and interoperability issues in EUROPEANA. In this framework they have developed the MINT tool for metadata interoperability that is being used by EUROPEANA and has been selected as one of six beta sprints by the evolving Digital Public Library of America.
NTUA is also participating in standardizing organization and activities. In particular, NTUA participates in the Media Annotations Working Group of W3C. One of the main issues of this task force is semantic interoperability in different metadata schemas. Also, NTUA are participating in the RuleML initiative, which aims at defining shared rules in the semantic web. Finally, NTUA is one of the key parties in designing the architecture of Europeana.
Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
The department has also hosted an academic consultation on the television preservation policy of the BFI National Archive and also played a key role in research and development activity between BBC New Media, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the wider academic community. The Department has particular research expertise in television history, and several members of staff who have had and continue to have careers in the television industry. Royal Holloway Media Arts was responsible for the development of the content selection policy for the EU funded Video Active and EUscreen projects. The Department also participates in the organisation of several research networks including the European Television History Network, the Southern Broadcasting History Group, and the University of London Screen Studies Consortium.
Aalto University/TAIK, Finland
The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is focused on providing education and pursuing research in the fields of design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The Department of Media is one of the five departments of the school with an academic community of approximately 500 students and 80 staff members. The department has three units, which conduct research and provide education across a broad range of subjects and themes: Media Lab, Graphic Design and Photography. The Media Lab is the leading department of its kind in Finland focusing on digital design and new media. The mission of the Media Lab is to explore, discover and comprehend the new digital technology and its impact in society; to find and exploit the possibilities it opens to communication, interaction, education and expression and to evaluate, understand and deal with the challenges it poses to design and creative production.
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Utrecht University established an EU Liaison Office which co-ordinates all European projects. It has built a large expertise in running EC funded research projects a.o a Socrates Thematic Network ATHENA, FP7 cooperation Media & Citizenship, FP7 Infrastructures Clarin, eContentPlus VideoActive and EUscreen, ERC Starting and Advanced Grant, Life Long Learning projects like NIFLAR and various Marie Curie projects.
Utrecht University’s Department of Media and Culture Studies has a special interest in emerging media, comparative media research, and the relationship among media, culture and society in a global context from both historical and theoretical perspectives. It engages in Digital Humanities and offers students a thorough grounding in the theoretical and historical approaches to media and their impact on citizenship, cultural identity, new forms of (popular) representation, entertainment, and cultural participation.
The excellence of the University’s research is reflected in its results in international university league tables and recent research assessments. In the recently published list of the world’s best universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University for Higher Education, Utrecht University was ranked no. 48 in the world, no. 12 in Europe and no. 1 in the Netherlands. In the Times Higher Education Ranking Utrecht University was ranked no. 68, no. 1 of the Universities in the Netherlands. Additionally Utrecht University is no. 53 worldwide in de Taiwan-ranking, published by the Higher Education Evaluation & Acreditation Council (HEEFCE).
British Universities Film & Video Council, United Kingdom
Screen Archive South East, United Kingdom
The collection now consists of magic lantern slides, film, videotape, digital formats and associated hardware and documentation. There are over 10,000 films and some 10,000 lantern slides as well as a significant collection of apparatus and related artifacts. It includes corporate documentaries, promotional material produced for seaside resorts and the military and work made by cine clubs, independent film-makers and families. These records capture many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from across the 20th century and therefore serves as a rich and invaluable historical resource. SASE is fully engaged in advancing the teaching, learning and research culture of the University of Brighton and developing the use and understanding of the collection through a range of access and educational activities with higher education, broadcasters, local authorities, schools, record offices, museums, libraries, societies, businesses and communities.
Rádio e Televisão, Portugal
RTP’s audiovisual archive spanning more than 50 years of Portugal’s history, is a very important asset for in house production and broadcasting, as well as, a major tool for the study of political and social history, reflected in the very large number of general information and screening requests the Archive provides yearly, both to the general public and to universities and research institutes. Recently, the company went through a global technological renewal and digitalization of production and broadcast chains, in order to operate on “tape less” mode. The digital archive system (DAM) is the core element of this new platform.
RTP´s Archive has been participating in several National and European projects, in partnership with various research institutes and other television archives, such as, INA, BBC or RAI. These activities covered many areas regarding the world of archives such as Digital Asset Management or video and audio digital restoration.
The company is a full member of several international organisations, among which UER/EBU, FIAT/IFTA (International Federation of Television Archives) and IASA, (International Association of sound and Audiovisual Archives). RTP’s Archive Department has had an active role within these organisations, especially in the annual FIAT World Conference.
Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom
Hellenic Public Broadcasting Audiovisual Archive, Greece
The Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society, Greece
British Broadcasting Corporation, United Kingdom
Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A., Italy
University of Malta, Malta
Europeana Foundation, The Netherlands
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
The Media Archive for Central England, United Kingdom
London’s Screen Archives, United Kingdom
East Anglia Film Archive, United Kingdom
The National Archives of Latvia, Latvia