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.


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.