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.


pfAcknowledged and award winning media artist and film maker Péter Forgács attended the Video Active meeting in Vienna to discuss the possibilities for a short documentary made of Video Active material. Péter Forgács has made over thirty films and often uses archive  and amateur film material to tell unique stories. His work has been recognized all over the world and he  has had a number of exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Working together with Péter Forgács would be a great opportunity for Video Active.

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production09_iconVideo Active will be present at the EBU at Wednesday 28 January at the EBU Production Technology 2009 seminar in Geneva. Siem Vaessen and Johan Oomen will present their paper ‘Video Active/EU Screen project: providing access to European Television history’. The seminar “gets professionals together to share knowledge, advice and experiences. Topics addressed include HDTV, 3D-TV, time and sync, gaming, loudness, archives, metadata, media asset management and more.” (EBU website)

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European Film Gateway

European Film Gateway

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. (more…)

The UNESCO World Day for the Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage (held annually on October 27th) is a significant day for all audiovisual archives, providing a unique opportunity to raise the profile of archives both nationally and internationally, to highlight its value, and raise concerns for its preservation and development. Please find out more a the special pages at the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association website.

A large number of the Video Active consortium attended the Television Without Borders international conference held at the University of Reading in the UK (27-29 June 2008) to present papers on television history, archival practices and on the Video Active project itself. 

The conference focused on the way in which television crosses borders, in the past, present and future, and examined the role of the medium in promoting or challenging forms of national and cultural identity. The three-day event was attended by over 100 international delegates from Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China, and discussion explored the way that television  programmes, genres, personnel, technologies, policies and economics  have all been implicated at an international level in forms cultural exchange, appropriation and resistance.


Video Active will present at the VSMM 2008 conference, held in Cypress between 20-25 October 2008.

“The main goal of the event is to illustrate the programs underway, whether organised by public bodies (e.g. UNESCO, European Union, National States, etc.) or by private foundations (e.g. Getty Foundation, World Heritage Foundation, etc.) in order to promote a common approach to the tasks of recording, documenting, protecting and managing World Cultural Heritage. The 14th VSMM Conference will definitely be a forum for sharing views and experiences ,discussing proposals for the optimum attitude as well as the best practice and the ideal technical tools to preserve, document, manage, present/visualise and disseminate the rich and diverse Cultural Heritage of Mankind.”

Drs. Johan Oomen and Dr. Vassilis Tzouvaras will present a project paper on Thursday the 23rd of October as part of the Session III Image Analysis and Reconstruction.

Registration for this event is open.

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