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. 

Press contact:
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Johan Oomen MA
Tel: +31 (0)35 677 34 34
e-mail: joomen@beeldengeluid.nl

For more information on Video Active:
Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw (project co-ordinator)
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29, 3512 HD Utrecht, the Netherlands
tel:+31(0)253 65 26
e-mail: Sonja.deLeeuw@let.uu.nl

About Video Active:
Video Active is co-funded by the European Union, through the eContentplus programme and has the aim to unlock television archives across Europe for educational use, the general public and the cultural heritage sector. Video Active offers archives a unique, multilingual online access point to their holdings that allows interactive exploration by various user groups.

About INA:
INA is in charge of French radio and television archives and a partner of broadcasters and producers. Its core activity focuses on collecting, safeguarding, digitising, restoring and communicating French radio and television heritage, which means more than 70 years of radio and 60 years of television programs. Its collections amount to 4 millions hours of radio and television and more than one million of photos. About 950 persons work in the institution. Ina runs a vocational training centre and has launched in October 2007 two Masters degrees in Audiovisual Archiving and Audiovisual Production. Since 1995, Ina has been in charge of the Legal Deposit for TV and radio national broadcasts. INA has launched on line services for professionals who have direct access to all digitised collections. A new service for the general public was launched in April 2006 with 100 000 programs available on line, mainly for free viewing and possible purchase for personal use.

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