Date: 7-8 October 2010.
Location: Casa del Cinema. Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1, Rome, Italy.

The EUscreen best practice network is hosting a two-day international conference on content selection policies and contextualisation in the audiovisual domain. It will be held in Rome on 7 and 8 October 2010. The conference will focus on contextualisation of audiovisual material. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is compulsory as the number of seats is limited. The complete programme is published online at www.euscreen.eu

The first conference day begins with a keynote speech by Professor. Andrew Hoskins, Professor of Cultural Studies at Nottingham University. The day will continue with plenary sessions by Dr. Lilian Landes, scientific co-ordinator of the recensio.net project at Bavaria State Library and Dr. Alec Badenoch, from Utrecht University. The afternoon programme includes three case studies and a keynote speech lecturer and filmmaker Professor. Johan Söderberg.

The second conference day will be devoted to two half-day workshops. The first workshop will focus upon creative reuse of archive material. Peter B. Kaufman, president of Intelligent Television, will talk about ‘Unlocking Audiovisual Value’ through reuse. His keynote speech will be followed by four case studies (from INA, Sound and Vision, VRT and ELTE).

The central topic of the second workshop is ‘selection criteria and success indicators for large-scale AV digitisation programmes’. It begins with a keynote address from Professor. John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, and will be followed by case studies from the BBC, DR, Memoriav and Sound and Vision. Both days also include panel discussions.

Please go to www.euscreen.eu for more information and details on how to register for this event. Make sure to register in time, as there are only a few tickets left.

Date: 7-8 October 2010.
Location: Casa del Cinema. Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1, Rome, Italy.

EUscreen has organized a two-day conference on content selection policies and contextualisation in the audiovisual domain, to be held in Rome on October 7 and 8 2010. The conference will focus on contextualisation of audiovisual material, especially in the academic field. The conference programme is still under construction, but the first day includes a plenary session focussing on contextualisation of audiovisual material with keynotes and presentations of use cases. The second day comprises two workshops: one on European IPR legislations in the audiovisual sector and the impact on the exploitation of audiovisual and television archives, and one on best practices and guidelines for digitising  audiovisual heritage. Attendance at the conference is free but online registration is required.

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof. Andrew Hoskins, Professor of Cultural Studies at Nottingham University on media, digitization and memory.
  • Dr. Lilian Landes, scientific co-ordinator of the recensio.net project at Bavaria State Library on creating a European Open Access infrastructure for historical reviews.
  • Dr. Alec Badenoch, from Utrecht University on Making Europe, virtual exhibits on European cultural heritage.
  • Johan Söderberg, lecturer and filmmaker from Sweden on using and reusing archival material in his works, like the series “Read my lips”.
  • Dr. Tibor Hirsch, from Film Studies at ELTE University on using digitized material in a creative way to help students understanding the language of film and television.
  • Dr. Andreas Fickers, from the Art and Social Sciences at Maastricht University on audiovisual source critique in the age of the web 2.0.
  • Peter B. Kaufman, President and executive producer of Intelligent Television. He is also the author of “Marketing Culture in the Digital Age: A Report on New Business Collaborations between Libraries, Museums, Archives, and Commercial Companies”.
  • Prof. John Ellis, Professor of Media at Royal Holloway – University of London.

More information about the conference can be found on www.euscreen.eu.

Press release by EUscreen

23-24 June, Mykonos, Greece

EUscreen has organised a two-day workshop on metadata schemes and content selection strategies in the audiovisual domain, to be held in Mykonos town, Greece on June 23 and 24. The workshop will focus on the presentation and analysis of metadata schemes and content selection policies within major European projects in general and EUscreen in particular, and will present some state of the art applications in multimedia retrieval and reuse.

The first day’s programme will be devoted to developments within the EUscreen project. This includes the presentation of the project’s content selection strategy, a demonstration of the EUscreen back-end, and a preview of the EUscreen portal, to be launched in January 2011.

The second day provides an overview of experiences and state of the art European projects in the audiovisual domain. This includes presentations by projects and organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Film Gateway (EFG), Europeana and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). More information about the workshop, along with the full program, can be found here. Attendance is free, but online registration is required.

FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission announces:
The First FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar
PARIS, May 14th 2010

This international Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) at their central Paris location will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.

Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive at which the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  Full details of requirements and participating archives are on the Television Studies Commission page of the FIAT/IFTA website.

Proposals should be sent to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission by December 31st 2009.  The Seminar languages will be English and French, with translation provided.
Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • The transition from black and white to colour
  • Cinema on television
  • Transnational comparisons of genres or styles (which could use the resource of Video Active)
  • Aspects of studying complete days of output, especially comparative studies of those recorded on October 27th 2008 and 2009 by certain FIAT member archives (details on the website)

One of the papers delivered at the Seminar will be chosen for presentation at the FIAT/IFTA Conference in Dublin in October 2010, with its author receiving free registration and full travel and accommodation expenses.

pic_award_smallVideo Active has been nominated for the first FIAT/IFTA ARCHIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. This award celebrates the  “most productive iniative that promotes the value and use of audio-visual archives”  The winner of the award will be anounced during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Beijing on October 23.

Johan Oomen and Siem Vaessen presented their paper about Video Active during the EBU seminar on January 28 in Geneva. The presentation can be viewed here.

screenshotvablog2Video Active has been nominated for the Best of the Web Award in the category Research. This award is part of Museum and the Web 2009, the international conference for culture and heritage on-line in April in Indianapolis. Two judges will review the nominated sites in February and March and select the finalists. Registered users can vote in April for the People’s Choice Award. Nominations can be checked here.