Dates Announced for Media & Learning Conference 2012

The third annual Media & Learning Conference will take place in Brussels on 14-15 November 2012. Aimed at policy makers, service providers and practitioners, Media & Learning 2012 brings together a community of people interested in how media can be used to support learning across all sectors. It investigates topics such as media literacy and re-use of media based resources in education as well as broader issues related to innovation, creativity, ICT skills and digital competence.

Media & Learning 2012 is organised in collaboration with the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture. The conference is held at the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training Headquarters in Brussels. The programme will consist of many new features, including debates, exchanges and online elements. It also includes the annual awards ceremony for the MEDEA Awards, as well as presentations and input from all finalists in the 2012 competition.

The conference builds on the success of Media & Learning 2011, where EUscreen demonstrated its portal to a target group of education professionals and took part in a discussion on business models. All this amidst a packed programme, full of talks, discussions and demonstrations. The 2011 conference attracted over 298 people from 39 countries.

  • Interested individuals, project teams, institutions and organisations are invited to submit proposals for presentations, demonstrations and workshops. The closing date for submissions is 1 June 2012. Also, if you would like to be involved in the development of the conference programme, you are welcome to contact the organisers.
  • More information including the public call for input will be available from the Media & Learning Conference website shortly:
  • Until that time, you can download the public report about the Media & Learning Conference 2011 from their online press and publications page.


Conference update: Final programme announced

The Second EUscreen International Conference on Use and Creativity takes place at the National Library of Sweden, Stockholm, on September 15-16, 2011.
Attendance is free, but registration is required at

Conference programme final
After a first successful conference on the contextualisation of audiovisual material in October 2010, the network now organizes a second conference on use and creativity in the audio-visual domain.

After a few updates on speakers, which could be followed on the EUscreen blog pages at, the programme is now in its final stage and participants are encouraged to make their registrations and travel arrangements.

Highlights from the programme
The first day of the conference will present its participants with a varied mix of keynote lectures and case studies by renowned experts in the field. Lynn Spigel from Northwestern University will be speaking about analogue nostalgia, Dagan Cohen will talk about how the Upload Cinema initiative brings curated online video to the big screen and Paul Ashton will talk about the possibilities for online audio-visual media to push education forward and create a teaching platform for professionals.

Aubéry Escande from Europeana/The European Library, Kajsa Hedström from the Swedish Film InstituteJohan Axhamn from Stockholm University and Peter B. Kaufman from Intelligent Television will present different case studies. These contain means for encouraging user engagement on the Europeana portal, for providing online access to film collections through the Swedish filmarkivet website and for devising licensing solutions to the online dissemination of Europe’s cultural heritage.

Jérôme Bourdon will close the first day with a presentation of his research into global media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his talk, which is titled “A case of cosmopolitan memory?”

The second day will consist of two workshop sessions. In the morning the topic of a user community will be tackled, focusing on how EUscreen services can be exploited in learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.
Dana Mustata from Utrecht University will start the discussion with her talk on “Doing Television History outside the Box”, after which Pere Arcas from Televisió de Catalunya, Roland Sejko from Cinecittá Luce and Andreas Fickers from Maastricht University will present case studies in the learning, cultural heritage and research domains respectively.

The afternoon session will focus on funding opportunities and sustainable business models for the digitisation of audiovisual material.
Luca Martinelli from the European Commission will present an overview of funding opportunities at EU level. Marius Snyders from PrestoCentre, Catherine Grout from JISC and Martin Bouda from the Czech TV archive will present complementary case studies on this topic.

Updates & Registration

Please go to for programme updates and make sure to register in time for this event.


Download the full conference programme here!

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.

British Universities Film and Video Council publishes Handbook 2011


The edition of the BUFVC Handbook 2011 is now available and contains an overview of activities the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) is involved in and a description of resources that are useful for the academic community. In more detail, the handbook focusses on:

  • University audio-visual centres
  • UK film archives
  • Important media festivals and awards
  • Video distributors in the UK
  • Film and media training courses
  • Media legislation and reports issued during the last year
  • TRILT and the BoB National service

EUscreen is featured in this handbook as one of the research projects which can be used as a resource by academics who have an interest in European television history. The BUFVC Handbook 2011 is primarily written for specialists, students, teachers and academic service providers and can be ordered here.

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