World War 1 Film Footage in Cyberspace

— Press Release

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Films about World War 1 that have never been seen outside a cinema or on television are to be made available on the internet for the first time ever.

The European Film Gateway 1914 (EFG1914) plans to digitise up to 650 hours of footage and make it freely accessible via, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive. It will also appear on the film portal

The 2-year project was launched  during a meeting of more than 40 representatives from 25 partner institutions at the German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main.
The footage, which includes newsreels, documentary films and footage as well as fiction films from and about World War 1, is being digitised by archives across Europe, including the Imperial War Museum in London – which has one of the largest institutional World War 1 related collections – along with partners in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands.

Jill Cousins, Executive Director of Europeana, said, “This is an enormously valuable project for historians, schools, researchers and film buffs, and will provide a remarkable resource in time for the 2014 centenary, when public interest will really peak.”

“It’s important too because although a considerable amount of film material covering the Great War was produced, but  experts estimate about 80% of that footage has been lost forever. Surviving films remain in analogue format, but access to them can be difficult, cumbersome and costly. But through digitisation, the material can be accessible to all on the web.”

Project organisers are sharing hundreds of hours of film material and expertise from a number of individual European archives in order to highlight the benefits of film digitisation and digital preservation of historical films across the sector.

Partners in EFG1914 are:

  • Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF e.V. (Frankfurt), coordinator
  • Arhiva Nationala de Filme (Bucharest)
  • Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (Frankfurt/Brussels)
  • Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies (Athens)
  • Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée – Archives françaises du Film (Bois d´Arcy)
  • Cinecittá Luce S.p.A (Rome)
  • Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Brussels)
  • Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna)
  • CNR-Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell´Informazione (Pisa)
  • Det Danske Filminstitut (Copenhagen)
  • Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Berlin)
  • Estonian Film Archive (Tallinn)
  • EYE Stichting Film Instituut Nederland (Amsterdam)
  • Filmarchiv Austria (Vienna)
  • Fondazione Cineteca Italiana (Milan)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (Erlangen)
  • Imperial War Museum (London)
  • Instituto de la Cinematografia y Artes Audiovisuales – Filmoteca Española (Madrid)
  • Instituto Valenciano del Audiovisual y de la Cinematografia Ricardo Munoz Suay (Valencia)
  • Jugoslovenska Kinoteka (Belgrade)
  • Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchivum (Budapest)
  • Národní filmový archiv (Prague)
  • Nasjonalbiblioteket (Oslo)
  • Österreichisches Filmmuseum (Vienna)
  • Reelport GmbH (Cologne)
EFG1914 is coordinated by the Deutsches Filminstitut on behalf of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), with support from the European Union. It follows the success of the European Film Gateway, which has become the most frequently used web portal for finding films and film-related material from the film archives and cinémathèques of Europe. Between 2008 and 2011, more than 500,000 objects were made available for users to view online.

For more information about EFG1914 see the project website

European Film Gateway project publishes report about copyright issues

By the European Film Gateway (EFG)

In order to bring archival materials held in film archives online and giving access to them, rights clearing is a central topic in the framework of the EFG project. EYE Film Institute, one of EFG’s project partners, has established a report on Guidelines for Copyright Clearance and IPR Management. This report can be downloaded now from the EFG website.

The report includes:

  • an overview of legal frameworks in EU countries for the film sector
  • guidelines how to successfully clear rights related to film works
  • copyright basics (moral rights vs. exploitation rights, orphan works etc)
  • diligent search guidelines for rights holders

More information can be found here.

AMIA/IASA Conference 2010 – EUscreen presentation published

By Johan Oomen

EUscreen representatives participated in the joint AMIA/IASA conference. The event, that attracted hundreds of delegates from around the globe, was organised in Philadelphia. Johan Oomen presented Europeana and EUscreen in a session that also included an insightful presentation by Georg Eckes of the European Film Gateway. The presentation is now available online.

From the conference programme: “This presentation will firstly discuss the goals of Europeana and benefits this unified access brings to both users and contributing organisations. Secondly, the presentation will outline the commonalities and differences between the two aggregations. More specifically regarding: Architecture, handling metadata, content Selection policy and handling IPR, functionality and multi-linguality. Both projects have invested ample time defining Use Models by engaging in focus groups and executing desk research. One of the common requirements that needed to be addressed was the issue of providing multilingual access. However, film institutions and broadcast archives often have a slightly different focus in terms of the way archival content is archived, accessed and explored.”

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EUscreen’s contributions during the FIAT/IFTA conference in Dublin

By Marco Rendina and Wietske van den Heuvel

The EUscreen project was presented to a professional audience during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2010 which took place in Dublin from October 16th to 18th. Johan Oomen gave a plenary presentation about the project and its links to Europeana and addressed questions of how to safeguard the audiovisual heritage. This presentation was held in conjunction with a presentation about the European Film Gateway, represented by Georg Eckes.

In the afternoon of the 18th, Rob Turnock, Johan Oomen and Marco Rendina showed the current status of the project during a EUscreen dedicated workshop. The workshop focused on how EUscreen makes television history ‘real’ and about the kind of television history EUscreen is representing. The presentations included the content selection policy and the metadata schema. The event was attended by a large audience and it was a success.

The EUscreen Open Workshop on Metadata Schemes and Content Selection Policies starts in one week from now

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Date: 23-24 June 2010.
Location: KDEPAM Conference Centre, Mykonos City, Greece.

Only one week to go before the EUscreen Open Workshop starts next Wednesday at the KDEPAM Conference Centre in Mykonos City, Greece. The conference programme promises to be very interesting, with on day 1 presentations about the development the EUscreen project has made since its start in October 2009 and on day 2 an update on the latest developments within other major European projects.

On the first day, workshop participants will get a preview of the EUscreen portal and the mapping and annotation tools. Also, the handbook on content selection guidelines and metadata definition will be released.

On the second day, two sessions will be held: one about metadata and one about applications. The metadata session contains presentations about EBUcore by Jean-Pierre Evain from the European Broadcasting Union, the EFG metadata schema by Julia Welter from the European Film Gateway, the activities within the Media Annotation Working Group by Tobias Bürger from W3C and the Europeana Data Model by Carlo Meghini from the EDM Group. The applications session will highlight various applications through presentations about what users can do with multimedia by Natasa Sofou from WeKnowIt, use of linked data by Guus Schreiber from NoTube/Free University of Amsterdam,  automatic metadata extraction by Marco Bertini from VIDI-Video & IM31 and the PrestoPRIME project by Johan Oomen from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Günter Mühlberger from the University of Innsbruck Library.

Registration for the workshop is still open. A social event has been planned on Wednesday evening. Participants who would like to join can subscribe to this event during arrival on the first day.

Open EUscreen workshop on Metadata Schemes and Content Selection Policies

23-24 June, Mykonos, Greece

EUscreen has organised a two-day workshop on metadata schemes and content selection strategies in the audiovisual domain, to be held in Mykonos town, Greece on June 23 and 24. The workshop will focus on the presentation and analysis of metadata schemes and content selection policies within major European projects in general and EUscreen in particular, and will present some state of the art applications in multimedia retrieval and reuse.

The first day’s programme will be devoted to developments within the EUscreen project. This includes the presentation of the project’s content selection strategy, a demonstration of the EUscreen back-end, and a preview of the EUscreen portal, to be launched in January 2011.

The second day provides an overview of experiences and state of the art European projects in the audiovisual domain. This includes presentations by projects and organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Film Gateway (EFG), Europeana and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). More information about the workshop, along with the full program, can be found here.  Attendance is free, but online registration is required.

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