March 2009


efg_logoDiscussion of the article  “European Film Gateway: A Portal for Film Archives” on Ariadne by Sander Peek

The European Film Gateway (EFG) will enhance the use of the online-archive resources of European cinema. The portal will be linked with the server of the online library Europeana, which started in November 2008. As part of the eContentplus Programme, the European Commission aims to develop Europeana further by adding the cinematic archive. The EFG project started in September 2008. It will contain 700,000 digitised objects from a variety of film archives and cinematic institutions by the end of the project and is still under construction.
The EFG project resembles other projects of the EU commission to preserve footage of cultural importance. Video Active works in a similar fashion. The videos on VideoActive will be part of Europeana just like the films from the EFG project.
By combining the European Film Gateway portal with Europeana, the EU Commission hopes to attract a much wider audience to the service. By 2010, the library that contains European heritage such as paintings and literature, should hold over 10 million digital resources and items. At the moment Europeana contains around two million items.

 

 

 

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The European Film Gateway (EFG) has released it’s first newsletter. ” Aim of the EFG project is to build a web portal with direct access to over 700.000 objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound and text material. The project started with an inaugural meeting on 21 September 2008 bringing together representatives from the 20 partner institutions, including 14 film archives and cinémathèques of the EFG consortium. ” (EFG newsletter no.1) Like Video Active, key issues of the project are copyright and interoperability. Together with Video Active and follow-up EUscreen, the EFG project will be a major source of audiovisual content for Europeana.  

125_917294_db1-cover2Johan Oomen has written an article about Video Active in a new Dutch journal, “Digitale Bibliotheek” (Digital Library). The journal focusses on issues concerning digital access to library and archive material and aims to be a platform for professionals in the field of information. The article gives an overview of the Video Active and describes the main technology behind Video Active. It also emphasis the unique position of the portal regarding interoperability and IPR issues.

The PBM meeting on 26 and 27 February in Brussels was hosted by RTBF. A lot of progress has been made since the last PBM meeting in October in Berlin. A new beta version of the portal has been launched and the final version of Video Active will be ready soon. During the next months, the  challenge will be to have 10.000 items online at the end of the project.  Remaining technical issues will be solved and search facilities will be improved. Overall, the meeting proved to be inspiring and very useful. dsc01353