September 2009

logo_2009The MEDEA Awards are now open for participation. “The aim of the annual MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media in education. Their purpose is to recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources at all levels of education, and to highlight good practice in the use of media and video in the classroom.” (MEDEA web site) This year there are two new awards: the MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation and the European Collaboration Award. The latter is open to projects with two or more European partners. Participants can register online before Wednesday 30th September, 12 PM (midnight).


The project Video Active has finished at the end of August and has been reviewed on September 24. The portal contains over 10.000 items: videos, photographs and articles. The history of European television can be discovered through multiple themes. Each of these themes has it’s own showcase, highlighting parts of the collection with additional context information. Various search modes can be applied. The portal will continue to be online.

By Jaap Blom

1574The article Accepting Exceptions – in issue #81 of the magazine DOX – shows the efforts of the EU to alleviate the strict copyright laws for documentary filmmakers by having issued a Green Paper on common legislation for the free movement of knowledge within the European market. The paper is modelled after the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, which has been used in the US since 2005 and has been a great help for filmmakers. In the article Video Active and the European Film Gateway are mentioned as being good coalition partners backing up the goals mentioned in EU’s Green Paper; hopefully to become a White Paper in the near future.