June 2008


Video ActiveOver the past months, Video Active has conducted user surveys, defined the content selection policy, added metadata to hundreds of video files and constructed a multilingual portal for managing assets. Final tests of the front-end are executed now, but a sneak preview can be accessed onlineScreenshots of the backend are also available for download. We aim to lanch the first public version of the portal in a few weeks from now.

EuropeanaVideo Active participates in the Europeana/EDLnet conference later this month, titled “Users expect the interoperable“. It’s taking place at Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 June 2008 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Video Active has been involved with the EDLnet network from its beginning, participating in “Work Package 3: Users and Usability”, that aims at delivering a final set of recommendations on users and usability for the operational Europeana service.

“How can we embrace the potential of network culture and create truly open and dynamic archives where reception, interpretation and creation encounter one another?”  This was one of the major questions raised at a meeting in Brussels on June 10 with the title ‘Towards Open and Dynamic Archives’  It was organised by the BOM-VL (which stands for “Archiving and Distribution of Multimedia in Flanders”) project.

Five international guests, who are each involved in ambitious audiovisual archiving projects, have presented their perspectives on the issues at hand. Video Active was one of the projects presented in this insightful event.

Paul Gerhardt (Creative Archive Licence Group, GB)
Tobias Golodnoff (Dansk Kulturarv, Denmark)
Marius Arnesen (NRK Media, Norway)
Geert Wissink (Knowledgeland)
Johan Oomen (Sound and Vision and Video Active)

Video Active presented the applied research on semantic interoperability during the European Semantic Web Conference 2008. The paper presentation was part of the First Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library.