March 2008

inaThe French “Institut National de l’Audiovisuel”(INA) has joined the Video Active project as an associate partner. By welcoming INA, Video Active will offer an even richer collection of television heritage on its portal.

INA is one of the largest audiovisual archives in the world. INA’s collections cover more than 60 years of radio and 50 years of television programs; more than 4 millions hours of radio and television. INA will sign a special contract becoming associate member to the project and agree upon providing a minimum number of assets to the portal, available for online viewing. The beta release of the portal can already be accessed online, the first public version will be launched at the end of April.

Next to INA, the archives of VRT (Belgium) and Moving Image Communications (UK) already joined the project as associate partner at an earlier stage. The total number of Eurpean archives represented in the portal has now reached 14. Video Active encourages other content providers to join the project. 



// Institute of Communications Studies at Leeds University hosted on March 15th a one-day conference entitled ‘Moving Image Archiving and the Academy’. The event brought together archivists and academics with a common interest in discussing the enhancing of accessibility to audiovisual archival material. Attention was brought to the importance of audiovisual archives for historical research and higher education uses. Practices of curating and preserving audiovisual materials so as to facilitate and enrich interpretations of history were discussed, as well as ways in which academic research influences and informs the archival of audiovisual materials. (more…)