EUscreenXL: Participant of the E-Space Hacking Culture Bootcamp

Author: Laura Osswald, Mariana Salgado and Willemien Sanders

Within the framework of Europeana Space a number of hackathons are organised to develop tools for using Europeana content. The Hacking Culture Bootcamp hackathon, held in Amsterdam between May 8 and May 10 this year, focused on creating multiscreen experiences with digitalized historical footage from Europeana. In the hackathon seven teams of participants from different backgrounds created new multiscreen digital tools to engage with cultural heritage. For EUscreenXL we participated with a team of six.

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From passive to active use of media : 2014 Media & Learning Conference in Brussels

Author: Eve-Marie Oesterlen
Media & Learning provides a platform to those responsible for creating, promoting and using media in the classroom, on and off campus as well as in training and lifelong learning centres.

 

Media-and-Learning-2014_official-logo_whiteHeadlined ‘From passive to active use of media in teaching and learning’, the aim 2014 conference – aptly hosted by the Flemish Ministry of Education in Brussels – was to promote the sharing of best-practice, exchange of know-how and hands-on amongst practitioners. With its clear call for action, it also gave policy-makers and decision-makers the opportunity to discuss how to develop digital and media literacy in the broader context of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the value and impact of such skills in relation to the European work-force.
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The conference programme covered a wide variety of themes grouped around the topic of media education and literacy. 300 participants from 44 countries learned about the value of using video and new media in education and were able to dip into master classes on programming, data mining, creating media productions and educational games.

As a freely accessible multilingual media resource, the EUscreen project effectively complemented the manifold European projects engaged in media and ICT-supported learning introduced over the two days.
In the year that commemorates the centenary of the First World War, media-supported remembrance education represented a special conference highlight with showcases from Europeana, BBC , INA, the VIAA platform  and the IWU Institut Film und Bild.

 

All was wrapped up very glamourously with the MEDEA Awards ceremony, rewarding eight finalists for excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.

 

All in all a lot of food for media-related thought to take away and act on …

  

EUscreen publishes its first Online Access to Audiovisual Heritage Status Report

Press release

Increasing access to digitised audiovisual heritage in particular and cultural heritage in general, has become an important topic for institutions in the field of cultural heritage, policy-makers, national governments and the European Commission. This report, written by Wietske van den Heuvel and Lotte Belice Baltussen focuses on access to audiovisual heritage in general and specifically, access in an educational setting.

The report consists of two parts. Part one outlines the general status of online access to audiovisual heritage and focuses on creating a business model for platforms with audiovisual content and on the value proposition of audiovisual content. Additionally, an overview of revenue models with examples is provided. Part two describes the access to online audiovisual heritage from an educational perspective and contains an inventory of educational platforms and a methodology for the analysis of these platforms. A selected set of platforms is analysed and the results are used to outline the specific value propositions for education. Occurring revenue models in the educational field are analysed and alternatives are presented.

The full report can be accessed here.

BBC releases new digital collection for the educational domain

Announcement by the BBC

“This new digital collection from Gale offers researchers and students access to the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Listener, the BBC periodical published from 1929-1991. The online archive consists of the complete 62 year run of the paper, allowing users to search across 129,000 pages and more than 226,000 articles  – all newly digitised from originals in full colour.

The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929 under its Director-General Lord Reith. It was the intellectual counterpart to the BBC listings magazine, Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks – initially on radio, but in later years television as well – The Listener is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. As well as commenting on and expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also previewed major literary and musical programmes and regularly reviewed new books.

Over its 62 year history, it attracted the contributions of E. M. Forster, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. It also provided an important platform for new writers and poets, with W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin being notable examples.” (taken from the Listener Historical Archive website)

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Sneak preview of the EUscreen portal during the Learning on Screen conference

By Eve-Marie Oesterlen

The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) was proud to present a sneak preview of the EUscreen portal as part of its Learning on Screen conference held at the National Film Theatre (BFI Southbank), London, on 24th March 2011. In his showcase presentation, Luis Carrasqueiro outlined the benefits and challenges of providing standardised and multilingual access to the television content of 19 European archives to around 50 delegates from British universities and media institutions.

The demonstration of the beta version of the EUscreen portal and its content focused on ways in which to make best use of this unique European multi-media resource within the context of higher education. Questions by interested participants revolved around the re-use of content, the range of the audiovisual material included in the project and whether copyright issues prevented the inclusion of up to date material. Learning on Screen is the annual conference and awards ceremony held by BUFVC on the importance and benefits of using image and sound in education.

The presentation slides can be found here.

EUscreen has organised a workshop on IPR-issues

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Date: March 16
Place: Hilversum, the Netherlands

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislations are different in every European country. One of the major challenges for content providers in EUscreen is to make sure that they provide content which applies to all these different regulations. A lot of work has already been done in the consortium and partners have organised their own systems of clearing the rights. Still, there is a need for more elaboration on this subject and that is why EUscreen has organised a one day workshop for its members at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum on March 16. The workshop will contain discussions about the impact of IPR on a project like EUscreen and identifies potential challenges to support future access routes to audiovisual content. There will also be presentations about use cases elsewhere on education and open licences, which provide inspiration for the development of EUscreen.

Media & Learning Conference report online

By Sally Reynolds

The first Media & Learning conference took place on 25-26 November 2010 in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. Participants included policy makers, service providers, broadcasters and practitioners from all over Europe. They met to discuss and share their experiences in providing media-rich resources for learning, in building up the skills of teachers and trainers in media-based learning and in promoting and extending media literacy skills across the education and training sector. Over 230 people from 31 countries took part in this conference and a further 200 people followed the presentations which were streamed online. Several broadcasters took part including members of the EUscreen consortium and re-use of existing digital resources for educational purposes was one of the core discussion threads during the conference. You can read a full report about this conference here.  Media & Learning 2011 will be held in Brussels at the end of 2011, dates to be announced shortly.

VLAANDEREN INgeBEELD – a study day in Flanders for teachers about the use of digital media in class

By Sally Reynolds

This study day took place on 9 November and attracted about 250 teachers from all different levels of formal education in Dutch-speaking Belgium. The idea behind the day was to introduce teachers to the highly innovative platform, INgeBEELD 4, which is aimed at enhancing the media literacy skills of pupils and teachers alike throughout the country.  Philippe Van Meerbeeck from VRT was one of the speakers and organisers of this day and used the opportunity to highlight the ways in which the digital archive being made available by VRT through the large-scale Vlaanderen in Beeld (VLIB) initiative can and is being used to support learning. The brand-new VLIB portal was also shown to participating teachers who were invited to try-out the portal for themselves during this highly practice-oriented study day.

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