On September the 21st, with an inaugural meeting in Frankfurt am Main, a new Best Practice Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme has started: the European Film Gateway (EFG).
This project brings together 20 partners, including 15 European film archives and museums. Their aim is to set up a central point of access to the European film heritage, overcoming institutional and language barriers. The Deutsches Filminstitut is responsible for the co-ordination of the project, which has also the EDL Foundation among its partners. The Deutsches Filminstitut is on the Video Active Advisory Board and the two projects are happy to announce they will work together closely.
By the end of the three-year project in 2011, more than 700,000 photographs, posters, texts, audio documents, and of course entire films and film clips, covering more than 100 years of film history, will be ready for access by professionals, students and film buffs.
While developing the EFG portal service, the project will address a number of key issues for access to digital content, namely, technical and semantic interoperability, digitisation best practices, metadata standards as well as best practices for rights’ clearance and IPR management of cinematographic works.
At the same time, the European Film Gateway will serve as a supplier to Europeana, the platform for the cultural heritage of Europe, making an important contribution to the realisation of a networked digital cultural and information landscape in Europe.