Discussion 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.