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 European Television History Network (ETHN) will launch its new website during the international conference Television: the Experimental Moment. From Invention to Institution (1935-1955) which is organised by the Université de Paris 8 and the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). This conference takes place from May 27 to 29 in Paris.

ETHNThe ETHN describes itself as:

” a network that connects scholars, archivists and institutions working on the history of television in Europe. The network encourages the exchange of research and experiences and the development of collaborative research projects that help to explore a comparative approach to television history.”

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The PBM meeting on 26 and 27 February in Brussels was hosted by RTBF. A lot of progress has been made since the last PBM meeting in October in Berlin. A new beta version of the portal has been launched and the final version of Video Active will be ready soon. During the next months, the  challenge will be to have 10.000 items online at the end of the project.  Remaining technical issues will be solved and search facilities will be improved. Overall, the meeting proved to be inspiring and very useful. dsc01353

On the 20th and 21st of November a Video Active writers workshop, organized by Andy O’Dwyer, was held at the BBC. During this hands-on workshop both academics, students, content providers and technical partners collaborated on writing and uploading contextual information, such as short articles, on the Video Active portal. The meeting was successful as it combined both theoretical and practical information.

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The workshop started off with an introduction by Fritz Hausjell on the Academic use of Video Active within (European) television history studies. This was followed by a presentation by Rob Turnock on the writing guidelines to submit (keynote) articles for Video Active. Jaap Blom from the technical partner Noterik followed up by giving a hands-on demonstration of how to upload the written material to Video Active.

After the break two round table discussions were organized. One for reviewing already written material, and one for producing new written material. It was also possible to schedule time with Jaap Blom to work together to upload material to the portal. This was a fruitful session while it incorporated all the different disciplines.

At the end of the session, time was reserved for usability testing. Academics and writers gave feedback on the content and interface of the portal.

The second day started with an informative presentation by Murray Dick from the BBC about how to research on, and write for the web. This was followed by a brainstorm session attended by archivist, content researchers, academics and students. This session gave rise to new ideas on content selection and writing (comparative) articles. The workshop ended with a presentation by Andreas Fickers on the new book written by the Television History Network called “A European Television History”.

The Video Active workshop was very productive while it brought together technical partners, content providers and academics. This led to new ideas, research subjects and articles.