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.

License to Remix! – Experiences from the Video Remix Workshop and the IPR workshop

By Kati Hyyppä, Sanna Marttila and Wietske van den Heuvel 

The License to remix! video remix workshop was organized in the context of the EUscreen project and the Remix Helsinki initiative last November in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop promoted creative, legal re-use of audiovisual media, and archival content in particular. Eleven young adults participated in the one weekend event, creating remixes with video editing programs and VJing equipment. Sanna Marttila and Kati Hyyppä, researchers from the Aalto University’s School of Art and Design, who organized the workshop in collaboration with their colleague Andrew Gryf Paterson, also interviewed the participants in order to obtain insight to emerging remix practices and challenges in legal remixing.
 
The workshop was overall a positive experience and showed that people are interested in using archival audiovisual materials creatively. However, the interviews with the participants revealed that it is not currently easy to find legal, relevant video and audio content for creative works. Licenses and terms of use are also experienced as confusing, and it is hard to determine which materials can be mixed together. The findings of the workshop thus highlight the need for an easy access to archival videos as well as clearly expressed terms of use.
 
The outcomes of the workshop were presented along with a framework of creative re-use of audiovisual content by Sanna Marttila and Kati Hyyppä during the Remix Cinema Workshop at the University of Oxford (UK) on March 24th. The presentation during the latter event, titled ‘Practices and Challenges in Re-using Archival Video Materials’, was received positively, and will be published later as an article.

The results of the first workshop were also presented during the internal IPR workshop at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NL) on March 16. During this workshop, partners from the EUscreen consortium discussed about the IPR limitations they face when providing access to audiovisual content. These limitations still causes difficulties for partners and it affects their content selection policy. One of the goals in EUscreen is to develop examples of how a less restrictive legislation like CC-licenses can create better and more meaningful access to audiovisual content. This is especially beneficial for students, teachers, researchers, media professionals and other users that need to be able to re-use audiovisual content. In order to facilitate this, EUscreen will provide access to a limited collection of CC-licensed material during the next two years of the project. The workshop also showed that all partners see the potential in offering this kind of access and that they would be happy to open up their content more, if only they could.

Conference: Video Vortex #6

Date: 10-12 March 2011
Location: Amsterdam

The Video Vortex events come back to Amsterdam. Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures, and in a top cultural venue, Video Vortex 6 offers artist presentations (performances, screenings and talks),  hands-on workshops, the launch of the upcoming  Video Vortex Reader II, and a 2-day symposium:

Conference Themes

Friday, March 11
Online Video Aesthetics
Platforms, Standards and the Trouble with Translation Civil Rights
Online Video Art
Book launch: Web Aesthetics, by Vito Campanelli

Saturday, March 12
It’s Not a Dead Collection, it’s a Dynamic Database
The World of Online Video: Country Reports
In Conversation with artist Natalie Bookchin
Online Video as a Political Tool
Book launch: Video Vortex Reader 2

About Video Vortex

The Video Vortex project aims to contextualize these developments by tracing continuities and fault lines across recent decades in artistic, activist and mainstream activity. Contrary to the way online video is frequently understood and presented as something entirely new, it has long threads woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artefacts also has a rich tradition that needs exploring. As a platform for artists, film and video professionals, and researchers, Video Vortex responds to this emerging field, and offers a crucial space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Since 2007, Video Vortex events, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions have taken place throughout (and outside of) Europe, and includes the publication of the first Video Vortex Reader (2008), and the second one being published March 2011. With this program, the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, and its project partners, have been initiating and facilitating a deep study of online video in its diverse forms and uses, and further, its impact both on, and within, the information society.

License to remix! video remix workshop

Press release from TAIK/ Aalto University School of Art and Design

Date: 19-21 November
Place: Harju Youth Centre, Helsinki

The Remix Helsinki initiative supports legal creative reuse of audiovisual materials. Our first event, License to remix! video remix workshop, will be organized between 19 and 21 November at the Harju Youth Centre. The workshop promotes creative re-use, remixing and sharing of open audiovisual content. In addition to hands-on remixing, their will also be a discussion about intellectual property rights issues.

Public events are organized on Friday and Sunday. The languages used in the workshop are Finnish and English, while the presentations in the public events are in Finnish (with English summaries). On Friday, there will be short presentations related to remix culture, and on Sunday the videos created in the workshop will be presented.

The workshop is organized by Sanna Marttila, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Kati Hyyppä and Anne Luotonen from Aalto University School of Art and Design. VJ PHOQ (XPLOITEC) also provides his creative support for the workshop. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the workshop please email to remixhelsinki@gmail.com. You are of course welcome to the public events without prior registration.

The workshop is done in collaboration with EUscreen, the City of Helsinki Youth Department and Pixelversity (Pixelache).

For more information and a detailed programme see:

http://remixhelsinki.mlog.taik.fi/info-in-english-3/

Save and Savour – Now! UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Today is UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and this year’s theme is “ Save and Savour – Now!”  According to UNESCO, audiovisual heritage contains the records of the 20th and 21st century, but is also vulnerable in it’s current status. There are only 10 to 15 years left to digitize audiovisual records to prevent their loss.

The theme of this edition of the World Day however is not only about saving the audiovisual heritage but also about savoring it. To enable audiences to really enjoy audiovisual heritage, providing access is vital.  This is exactly the case with a project like EUscreen. By putting digitized content online, participating archives do not only preserve their material for the future, but also open it up for the public now. EUscreen offers users from all over the world the opportunity to watch and enjoy television heritage from almost every country in Europe. The content is contextualized to offer meaningful access to this heritage. EUscreen will experiment with the publication of online collections under a CC-license in collaboration with the platform Open Images.

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the platform has uploaded it’s 1000th item. The item is a Polygoon news reel from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Screenshot 1000th item on Open Images

“Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse. Footage from audiovisual collections can be downloaded and remixed into new works. Users of Open Images also have the opportunity to add their own material to the platform and thus expand the collection.” (From openimages.eu)

A platform like Open Images offers users the opportunity to reuse and remix audiovisual heritage for their own purposes and truly supports UNESCO’s thought of save and savour- now!

Recent conference visits by members of EUscreen: some highlights

By Sally Reynolds, Birgit Gray and Wietske van den Heuvel

One of the activities of EUscreen is visiting relevant conferences and meetings, so knowledge can be shared with different stakeholders who represent the different user groups and networks that EUscreen is addressing through the project. Sally Reynolds from ATiT and Birgit Gray from Deutsche Welle have written a small report about their recent conference visits for EUscreen. A more detailed overview of all conference visits can be found here.

ALT conference in Nottingham, UK

The ALT (Association for Learning Technology) conference took place this year from 7-9 September in Nottingham, UK and attracted over 500 people to what is probably one of Europe’s leading academic conferences on educational techology attracting more and more participants and members from non-UK organisations.

ALT this year offered a terrific mix of provocative presentations, really stimulating discussions and workshop sessions and a rich mix of networking opportunities. Despite the general atmosphere of doom and gloom in the UK Higher Education sector, ALT-C was awash with new initiatives, innovative developments and a great sense that education technology held the key to many of the challenges facing universities. Sally Reynolds was there to highlight the MEDEA Awards and the Media & Learning Brussels 2010 conference as well as to promote the Media in Education Newsletter.

She was also there to explore opportunities for collaboration particularly in relation to the use of media in teaching and learning including the use of existing media resources provided through the EUscreen project. Interest in the use of video is high within the ALT community where a new Video in Teaching & Learning special interest group was launched this year.

ICL conference in Hasselt, Belgium

Sally Reynolds presented the work being undertaken by ATiT in relation to the use of media resources for teaching and learning at the recent 13th annual ICL conference held in Hasselt from 15-17 September. During her presentation, Sally described the growing interest in using media for teaching and learning and several of the initiatives in which ATiT in involved. This includes the annual MEDEA Awards as well as the courses being run for teachers and trainers by ATiT on how to use existing media resources as well as how to create their own video clips. During her presentation Sally promoted the EUscreen project which will provide high-quality video material for teachers to use in classrooms.

Deutsches Kulturerbe auf dem Weg in die Europeana in Berlin, Germany

Birgit Gray from Deutsche Welle (DW) gave a 20-minute presentation at the event “Deutsches Kulturerbe auf dem Weg in die Europeana” (German cultural heritage on its way to Europeana) on 4 Oct 2010. The two-day conference entailed presentations from German partners in Europeana-related projects and from other relevant institutions. DW presented its three projects related to Europeana: VideoActive, EUscreen and Assets.  About 100 participants from German libraries, national archives, audiovisual archives and other interested participants from the digital library domain attended the presentation about EUscreen.

EUscreen presentation during TNC2010

By Wietske van den Heuvel

Today, Johan Oomen will be showcasing EUscreen during the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2010) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference is hosted by the Lithuanian National Research and Education Network (LITNET). TNC is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference – over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend.

The presentation about EUscreen is part of the session Media and Content which focuses on a few important content distribution video portal services that demonstrate the usefulness of video sharing, both in education and research and in on-line presentation of cultural heritage. Besides EUscreen, SURFmedia, Mediamosa and SWITCHcast will be showcased. The session can be followed live.

New web exhibition and book release about Harry Schein at the National Library of Sweden

By Christopher Natzén

In March 2010 the National Library of Sweden (KB) released a new book with the title ”Citizen Schein” (eds. Lars Ilshammar, Pelle Snickars and Per Vesterlund) about Harry Schein, the founder of the Swedish film institute. A web exhibition for the book release was created by Tomas Ehrnborg and Örjan Markusson. The exhibition contains both audiovisual materials as well as documents, and has had over 16.000 visitors since the launch of the site. With the book, two DVD’s were released that contain news clips and other appearances of Harry Schein, mainly on television programmes taken from KB’s collections. Some of the items, as an arranged tennis match where the former Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme acts as referee, can also be viewed at KB’s YouTube-channel.

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