The Europeana news letter contains a special on Valentine’s Day with examples of paintings, images, sounds, text and video about love, including a video from Video Active:

“Turning to modern times, television footage from Video Active illustrates a typical Valentine’s Day in Italy in 1971. The film shows smiling lovers on photographs and postcards, couples walking arm in arm through the streets and an elderly husband and wife, reading to each other on a park bench.”

Read the entire Valentine’s Day special.


Europeana is awarded with the Erasmus Award for Networking Europe by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC). Out of 230 applications 62 nominations were selected and only 3 were awarded. All 62 nominees were awarded with the Erasmus Seal of Approval for excellent quality and educational value.


The jury has chosen Europeana because of:

“The leading idea of Europeana is the strong conviction that European countries can be connected by realizing in several languages more access to the European cultural heritage –not only for scientists, but also for every general citizen.
If we see Europeana as a treasure store house, the user can be seen as a treasure digger who is discovering a virtual world of culture that seems to be without borders.”

Max Kaiser from the National Library of Austria and co-ordinator of EuropeanaConnect attended the awards ceremony and delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Europeana.

As a contributor to Europeana, the Video Active consortium is very pleased with the appreciation of the ESEC for Europeana.

The full laudation can be viewed here.

CBMIVideo Active and EUscreen were presented by Johan Oomen and Vassilis Tzouvaras during the International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI). Both project presentations were part of the  Practitioner Session Multimedia Content Access and Europeana. During this sessions projects related to Europeana were discussed. Aim of this session was: “bringing together the CBMI research community, leading audiovisual archives and FP7 and eContentplus projects that contribute to providing meaningful access to audiovisual collections, more specifically within the scope of Europeana.”

Background information can be found here.

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.




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.  

Video Active presented the applied research on semantic interoperability during the European Semantic Web Conference 2008. The paper presentation was part of the First Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library.





// The Meeting
This meeting (April 28 – 29) was jointly organised by Deutsche Kinemathek (A nationally important archive documenting the history of film) and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (The public foundation charged with preserving the former Prussian state‘s cultural heritage running some of the most important museums, libraries and archives in Germany). Its topic was digitization in German collections of all kinds. Attending were interested representatives from the whole spectrum of cultural heritage institutions and connected projects, but also software developers and specialists. The meeting agenda comprised four thematic blocs analyzing digitization and documentation efforts an a national level and their integration into a European context.