Let’s rediscover the sounds of Europe!

Author: Axelle Bergeret-Cassagne and Maria Drabczyk


With this post we are starting a new series through which we would like to introduce you to projects that we observe and support. They all share the common objective – they aim to connect, contribute and create in order to bring more awareness to digital heritage. Today we give you Europeana Sounds.


Europeana Sounds – EUscreenXL sister project dedicated to sounds – has recently released a teaser video, showcasing Europe’s sound archives to be unlocked and joined online.


Europeana Sounds Teaser from Europeana Sounds on Vimeo.


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Med-Mem: Sharing Mediterranean Audiovisual Heritage

On October 12, a new multilingual website called Med-Mem was launched in Marseille. The portal aims to promote Euro-Mediterranean heritage through audiovisual archives from the region’s public televisions. With some 4.000 audiovisual documents available to the public free of charge, Med-Mem – co-funded by the European Union as part of the Euromed Heritage IV programme – is the largest online video archive library specifically devoted to the historic, cultural and touristic heritage of the Mediterranean.

Archival material from 14 regional broadcasters

Med-Mem is led by EUscreen partners Ina, the French National Audiovisual Institute, and Italian national broadcaster RAI TV, which contributed 400 historical documents, oversaw the digitisation of the database along with Ina, and trained the personnel involved. Also involved is EUscreen partner TV3 from Catalonia. Other partners of the Med-Mem project are the Rome-based Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), Algerian public television (EPTV), Jordanian broadcaster JRTV and Morocco’s national broadcaster SNRT.

As the project puts it: Far more than just a shop window or a mere video catalogue, Med-Mem boasts an enriched interface and a high degree of editorial content, offering a multitude of entrance pathways. The large number of insights available means that each individual will be able to establish a personal pathway through the riches of Mediterranean culture and history.

Shared Mediterranean Audiovisual Heritage

Initiated by Ina under the auspices of COPEAM, the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators, at the request of the holders of audiovisual archives in the Mediterranean region, “Sharing our Mediterranean Audiovisual Heritage (Med-Mem)” offers the general public some 4.000 audiovisual documents from the countries in the Mediterranean area. The TV and radio archives, set into their historic and cultural context, are accompanied by a trilingual documentary note (in French, English and Arabic). Med-Mem strives to raise the profile of a common heritage, and underpins the drive to safeguard Mediterranean audiovisual archives.

Med-Mem targets various audiences:

  • The general public, and young people in particular will be able to freely discover the Med-Mem website, the riches of both their own heritage and that of other Mediterranean countries, and to gradually share and appropriate the Mediterranean cultural heritage.
  • Researchers, teachers and students will find audiovisual documents with commentaries on the Med-Mem site, offering a range of viewpoints for their research and teaching purposes.
  • The visibility of the audiovisual archives put online on the MedMem website provides Mediterranean broadcasters with a new opportunity to raise awareness about the safeguarding and digitalisation of this endangered heritage.

Partners in the Project

The project brings together 20 partners, including 14 Mediterranean television corporations, 3 professional bodies, and high-profile cultural and scientific partners. It forms part of a collaborative partnership, open to all Mediterranean audiovisual archives. The sharing of documentary and technical tools, of policies for safeguarding the audiovisual heritage, and of best legal practices, form an integral part of the project. A network of educational and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, universities, etc.) offer the public website consultation points to broaden its reach.

The full list of Med-Mem partners is:

  • INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel-France),
  • COPEAM ( Conférence Permanente de l’Audiovisuel Méditerranéen – Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators),
  • Rai (Italian Radio & Television),
  • EPTV (Entreprise Publique de Télévision-Algerian Television),
  • JRTV (Jordan Radio and Television – Jordanian television),
  • SNRT (Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision – Moroccan Television),
  • 2M-SOREAD (Sociéte d’Etudes et de Réalisations Audiovisuelles-Moroccan Television),
  • MMSH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme-France),
  • CMCA (Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle),
  • Biblioteca Alexandrina (Egypt),
  • Uninettuno (International Telematic University – Italy),
  • UER / EBU (Union Européenne de Radiodiffusion – European Broadcasting Union),
  • ERTU (Egyptian Radio and Television Union- Egyptian television),
  • HRT (Hrvatska Televizija- Croatian Radiotelevision),
  • PBC (Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation – Palestinian television),
  • IBA (Independant Broadcasting Authority-Israeli Television),
  • CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation – Cyprus television),
  • TV3 (Televisio de Catalunya-Catalonian Television),
  • TT (Tunisian Television)
  • Astram (Arts, Sciences et Techniques / Recherche Audiovisuelle et Multimédia- Aix Marseille University).

The website is accessible to everyone free of charge. Do take a look and visit: www.medmem.eu

EUscreen releases Online Exhibitions

The EUscreen collection includes thousands of items. To help users get the most from the EUscreen material, researchers, experts and members of its partner broadcasters and audiovisual archives have created a series of online exhibitions. These exhibitions cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe.

The current release, visible at http://www.euscreen.eu/exhibitions.html, brings online 10 different exhibitions, some of which are divided into subchapters or strands. The exhibitions are created by archivists, researchers, and enthusiasts.

These inter-archival exhibitions add new meaning to a wonderful collection of unique television materials and make them accessible to a different and larger audience; soon, visitors will be able to create their own stories and add more connections between the richness of 60 years of television history in Europe. Expert knowledge and a fascinating range of materials combine to offer exciting exhibitions on a wide range of subjects. A fine example of such an exhibition is the exhibition Being European, which brings together source materials from providers across the continent and is divided in multiple strands that showcase what European culture and identity may signify.

The tools designed for these exhibitions allow for the insertion of multimedia materials from all the project’s content providers and link back to the original items on the site, where users can find out more about them, share the links or get in touch with the providers themselves. Many more exhibitions will become available over the next couple of months and EUscreen is working hard to get the tools ready for everyone to start creating their own exhibitions.





UK launches EUscreen

On Friday, Dec. 2nd, The British Universities Film & Video Council, together with Royal Holloway University of London, will announce the EUscreen project to the audiences of Great Britain during a conference titled The Key to More Acces. Eve-Marie Oesterlen and Sian Barber will present the project in their presentation, titled: Screening Europe – Europe on Screen.

The Key to More Access

How improved data and a single search-box can open the door to greater content

Friday 2 December 2011 (10.30am onwards)

The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London


A BUFVC forum to discuss how current BUFVC projects will result in improved and integrated access to moving image and sound content. The BUFVC will build on the ‘Power of the VHS’ events with the announcement of ambitious plans to join up television and radio holdings data held by both broadcasters & UK educational institutions with its own expanding integrated database.  The HEFCEfunded project will be another step closer to providinga ‘one-stop-shop’ for moving image and sound material.

Other projects to be discussed include:

  • BUFVC federated search – an innovative ‘all-in-one’ search engine accessing over 13 million records
  • Channel 4 & British Film Culture project
  • launch of latest EUscreen portal (Europe’s television heritage)
  • Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 60s and 70s

Presentations will include any issues faced during the project and how they were overcome to improve the end user experience and the resulting moving image and sound content.

Download a copy of the programme here (subject to change).

For more information: http://bufvc.ac.uk/events/keytomoreaccess


Greek Heritage Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

EUscreen partner ERT Archives, from Greece, have taken an important step in making the Hellenic radio and television heritage accessible to all Greek-speaking people. State-of-the art technology now provides access to digital content to people with disabilities. On the website www.ert-archives.gr, ERT Archives developed and implemented innovative software that takes away all restrictions to enjoy valuable audiovisual content online.

The service’s web pages were designed with disabled people in mind and follow international standards for access. It uses special software that puts together the media files for the Web and  also makes use of a media player that supports functionalities specifically developed for the visually or hearing impaired. These include big and clearly distinct control buttons, control of basic functions via the keyboard, audio descriptions, etc.

In this pilot stage, ERT Archives makes television programmes of the digital channel prisma+ available to everyone with special access services for disabled people. These programs were produced by ERT within the framework of the Digital Convergence operational programme of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), 2007-2013, which was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. ERT Archives aim to extend the use of these new services to content already available through the website as part of its policy, which is also supported by other NSRF-funded projects.

Link: www.ert-archives.gr


EUscreen Project Video Release

Today we’re proud to release the promotional video for the EUscreen project:


We’d like to invite you to spread it around: Embed it on your website, send it to friends who haven’t yet discovered the project or use it in presentations around the world. We hope the video will explain what EUscreen is all about, what it can be used for and why you should delve in and explore the rich archival content that’s there.


EUscreen: Explore Your Past was created by Anna Dabrowska, intern at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and student at the Amsterdam MA Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image, who assembled the video using and remixing footage from various EUscreen partners. Job de Haas at NISV did the sound, Jacky Spears the voice over.

Footage sources:


EUscreen Portal Launched in celebration of UNESCO’s World Day of Audiovisual Heritage

EUscreen: Television heritage online

EUscreen is a unique showcase of Europe’s television heritage. The portal www.euscreen.eu is officially launched today in celebration of UNESCO’s World Day of Audiovisual Heritage. On this year’s 5th Annual World Day, the theme is: Audiovisual Heritage: See, Hear and Learn. The theme corresponds with the aim of EUscreen to be a multimedia resource for the general public, pupils and scholars alike.

Major audiovisual archives in Europe have joined forces to offer unified access to the history of television in Europe. Thousands of video’s and images are available for free online consultation, and additional content is added on a daily basis.  The EUscreen portal has been accessible in beta testing mode since early 2011, but received an entirely new layout. It has been extensively tested and accounts for the needs of the various user groups EUscreen focuses on in the fields of education, research, and for the general public.

The portal provides a wide variety of functionalities to search and browse the collection, which can be used in different contexts such as curricula and research programmes, for remix, and for leisurely dives into popular history. Additional tools for curated exhibitions and an academic e-journal which researches significant trends in over 60 years of European television with the help of original programme sources will become available in 2012.

“With EUscreen we encourage users to actively engage with the history of Europe and the history of television regardless of the language and cultural boundaries. This is a great step forward to explore the role of television heritage in how we came to see ourselves and others in changing times”, says project co-ordinator Sonja de Leeuw.

EUscreen launches all over Europe

What follows is an overview of the press releases that have been published throughout the day and the launch events that are ensuing in the different partner countries. Do get in touch if you’d like to attend any of these launch events!

International Press Release: PR_EUscreenPortalLaunched_INT [doc]



  • Press release (Nl): VRT WAVHD 2011 [pdf]
  • Launch Event: Brussels, 23 November 2011.

Czech Republic:










United Kingdom:

  • Press Release 1: PR_EUscreenLaunch_UK [doc] 
  • Press Release 2: http://bufvc.ac.uk/2011/10/27/eu-screen-portal-launches-today
  • Launch Event: The new EUscreen portal will be officially launched in the UK on the 2nd December 2012 by the BUFVC at their forum The Key to More Access, which will take place at The Geological Society in Piccadilly.  This event is organised and delivered by the BUFVC and will be attended by representatives of the EUscreen project from Royal Holloway, University of London and the BBC.

Film archives showcase their collections: The European Film Gateway is online

In her report on the 24th International conference on History and Media in Copenhagen, Sian Barber mentioned the European Film Gateway which, in the meantime, has gone live and is now accessible at: http://www.europeanfilmgateway.eu

– Press release –

After nearly three years of preparation and development, the European Film Gateway – EFG –  is now online. The Internet portal to the digital collections of European film archives and cinémathèques offers free access to currently about 400,000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials. By September, the number of digital items will increase to 600,000 from 16 film archives.

“The European Film Gateway creates a central online access to Europe’s film heritage for the first time. Previously, this remarkable record of 20th century European cinema had been dispersed on different national platforms,” says Claudia Dillmann, director of the Deutsches Filminstitut, which co-ordinates the project. “Now the films and information about them are more accessible, not only to scholars, journalists and creatives, but also by a broader audience interested in film.”

“EFG also provides access to material in film archives that was hitherto hardly known, and some is now online for the first time,” says project manager Georg Eckes. These include unique magic lantern slide collections from France, erotic films made in Austria in the early 20th century, advertising films from Norway, newsreels from Lithuania and a comprehensive film poster collection from Denmark. Hidden treasures can be discovered from 15 European countries. Cinecittá Luce from Rome, for example, contributes not only a famous Italian newsreel collection reporting on important film-related events and persons, but also a fine collection of early films by great masters like Rossellini, Antonioni, Comencini, and other famous names of Italian filmmaking. An extensive collection of set photos to films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder contributed by the Deutsches Filminstitut will be available for the first time online from August on.

Users of the portal can search for people, for example Marlene Dietrich, but also by film title or keywords. They get an overview of related digital objects from the film archives which can be viewed directly in the portal. The portal always links back to the website of the relevant archives, and therefore also works as a search engine for selected digital holdings of European film archives.

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