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

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 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 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.


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.

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

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.

The FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2008 will take place in Copenhagen, from 19. – 22. September 2008. The title of this conference is: Archives in Changing Climate. This event marks the official launch of the Video Active portal, currently available in Beta.

On Saturday, September 20th, a Video Active Workshop will take place as part of the conference programme. Hosted by Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw and Johan Oomen, the workshop will include a full demonstration of the portal as it stands, whilst addressing issues of comparison, contextualisation and the presentation of archival material through the portal. With the help of show cases around one or two of the topics that Video Active has defined this workshop aims to demonstrate the comparative approach in more detail. Alsothe future relationship with Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, will be addressed.

Registration is already open. Video Active looks forward to meet you at the FIAT/IFTA Conference and explore possible collaborations. The consortium still welcomes associate partners from across the world.