Mediahub: developing the definitive academic video, image and sound resource


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  • AP Archive A unrivalled collection of news footage, including Associated Press, ABC News, and Sky News (launched 1989). AP’s coverage includes the Arab-Israeli conflict, the 2003 War in Iraq, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, conflict in the Balkans, US Presidents Bush, Reagan, and Clinton, and many more.
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum Images supplied cover a wide range of pictorial content drawn from the rich, diverse and internationally significant collections of The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, including major artists such as Canaletto, J.M.W. Turner, George Stubbs and John Constable. Every image is tagged by geographical location and a date or period. Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum A large proportion of the images will portray historical events, human activities and industries. For example, George Stubbs’ painting of the horse “Gimcrack with John Pratt up on Newmarket Heath” of c.1765 marks an important period in the history of horse-racing in Britain, when the coloured silks of patrons had been introduced and the sport had begun to attract a wide public. Some images depict engineering structures or science and technology subjects: a number of ceramics, for example, have images of industrial buildings and events, such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 or the Dublin Industrial Exhibition of 1853. A painting such as Ford Madox Brown’s “The Last of England”, depicting 19th-century emigrants leaving the UK with the cliffs of Dover in the background, offers comparative material on the theme of emigration within a social, political and cultural context.
  • 8,000 clips covering cultural, social, and political issues, including images from over 35 separate collections. Getty has drawn on hundreds of thousands of high-quality downloadable footage clips, to depict the people, the places and the events that have shaped the world as we know it today. The source collections, used to provide news, sports, personalities, lifestyle, wildlife, locations, cultures, politics and more, include the renowned Archive Films and Image Bank Films, plus Discovery Footage Source (wildlife, nature, science and technology), AFP News (news footage from over 2,900 journalists across the globe), WireImage Video (fashion and celebrity) and many others. Visit the Getty website Getty Nearly 12,000 images of political, cultural, and social history, covering the major events of recent world history.
  • GovEd Communications 15,000 images by Francesco Troina, mainly covering architecture, design, engineering, media and travel and tourism.
  • Imperial War Museum This comprises three collections: Art of First World War; Art of the Second World War, and a unique collection of proclamations. All the main figures of British art in the twentieth century are represented, from academic painters, like John Singer Sargent and William Orpen, to leading progressive artists, such as Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Stanley Spencer. The proclamations collection is drawn from around 33,000 paper items from the First and Second World Wars, conveying official instructions and statements at home and abroad during wartime, conveying powerfully the civilian wartime experience of officialdom. Visit the Imperial War Museum
  • 6,300 clips focusing on UK news coverage. Visit the ITN Source website At Welsh Conservative Conference, Margaret Thatcher, PM, gives speech on picket-line violence in the miners’ strike. 300 striking miners’ wives demonstrate outside.
  • The North Highland College The Johnston Collection is a historic photographic collection of national and European significance dating from as early as 1840. The Johnston family were amongst the earliest pioneers of photography, and their work spans almost a hundred and forty year period between around 1840 and 1979. Working in and around the Caithness and Sutherland areas, their subject matter ranged from general Highland life, through the fishing industry, working women, politics, architecture, and general portraiture, all of it of considerable historic value. The last remaining member of the Johnston dynasty still resides in Wick, and it is he who donated the collection to its current guardians.
  • 5,900 images of contemporary youth culture. These images provide powerful documentation of changing fashions and lifestyles of young people, depicted at their finest (and worst).
  • 6,500 images from the RGS charting images such as the last known photograph of George Mallory (left) and Sandy Irvine, leaving for the North Col of Everest. The pair were to disappear into the mists, never to be seen alive again, with the question remaining: did they reach the summit or not? And a sketch is thought to date from Livingstone’s second visit to the Victoria Falls in August 1860. He had first seen them in November 1855 when he had named the Falls after Queen Victoria, although recording a local name of Mostoatunya. Livingstone recorded the details of the width and height of the Falls and the gorges cut by the River Zambezi, but was also inspired to write,
  • University of Brighton Material from the University of Brighton Design Archives, including images of exhibitions, posters, products, and retail space design dating from 1945 to 1985. The collection comprises four separate components: British exhibitions (800 images) – a rich visual record of British postwar exhibitions in the postwar period, including the Festival of Britain; national celebrations such as the 1953 Coronation; and the interiors of the Commonwealth Institute. Posters (500 images) – images of artwork and printed posters advertising a wide range of services, products and events throughout the post-war years, in Britain and internationally. Product Design (700 images) – by including location data for each image, this collection will help create a map of British manufacturing (much of which is long gone), and includes rare sets of images relating to manufacturing processes: furniture; glass; printed textiles. Retail and Domestic Spaces (300 images) – the changing face of British retail from shop fascias, interiors, signage and display, alongside domestic interiors from the 1930s to the end of the century.
  • Amber Films Documentaries and feature films from a remarkable film-making collective established in the north-east of England in 1968. Of interest to students, teachers and researchers in the fields of media studies and of UK political and social history in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Anglia Television Library Two series: "Who Were the British?" (1965) and "The Lost Centuries" (1968): The first covers the history and impact of the Romans in Britain. The second covers the Post-Roman rise of Christianity and the later influence of the Islamic Empires through to the Renaissance. Biochemical Society A substantial selection of films from the Biochemical Society Archive, charting the development of biochemistry in the later 20th century through the experiences of some of the subject's most celebrated practitioners. Culverhouse Classical Music Over 50 hours of copyright-free classical music and associated scores, covering much of the core repertoire plus rarer pieces from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Adaptation and manipulation permitted. Digital Himalaya One of the finest ethnographic film collections documenting Himalayan cultures, also including footage from other parts of the world. A selection of about 50 hours. Educational and Television Films Ltd, the ETV Collection 100 hours of films from the political Left from around the world, including the USSR, China, Eastern Europe, Chile and Cuba. Films of Scotland Documentary films on all aspects of Scotland. A selection of 50 hours. Healthcare Productions Material in the field of health education for students, nurses, medical practitioners, and the public. A selection of 25 hours. Imperial War Museum A substantial selection of films from one of the most important moving image resources for the study of the major conflicts in which Britain was involved in the 20th Century. A selection of 50 hours. IWF Knowledge and Media GmbH A wide selection of material from one of the leading science film institutes in the world, based in Germany. A series of highlight extracts from the collection's complete films is available, each one complete in itself and showing a single process or phenomenon, together with a growing list of complete films from the collection. Logic Lane A series of films tracing the development of philosophy at Oxford University from the 1930s to the early 1970s, featuring eminent figures such as Sir Alfred Ayer, Bernard Williams, Iris Murdoch and Sir Isaiah Berlin. A collection of 6 titles amounting to just under six hours. Performance Shakespeare A collection of 11 productions and documentaries from Channel 4 Learning that will complement, inform and support the study of English literature, media, theatre, the performing arts and creative industries. Royal Mail Film Classics One of the finest British collections of documentary, public information, animation and industrial film, covering subjects ranging across transport and communications in Britain and abroad, the Home Front during the Second World War, British industries from fishing to mining, the nation's health - and developments in the Post Office service itself. A selection of 16 hours. St George's Hospital Medical School Collection These films reflect the production and teaching needs of one of the leading medical schools in the UK. A selection of nine hours. Sheffield University Learning Media Unit Collection Medicine, statistics, law, chemistry, archaeology, and the performing arts. A selection of 47 hours. The Trials of Alger Hiss (1980) An account of the espionage and perjury case that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of Alger Hiss. A single film. Wellcome Film 450+ titles dating from 1912 onwards, covering all aspects of medicine, healthcare provision and practice in the UK from the Moving Image and Sound Collection in the Wellcome Library.
  • Mediahub: developing the definitive academic video, image and sound resource

    1. 1. Mediahub: developing the definitive academic video, image and sound resource http:// /multimedia/ Andrew Bevan
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Current EDINA Multimedia services </li></ul><ul><li>Mediahub content </li></ul><ul><li>Mediahub – new service in preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Development plans </li></ul>
    3. 3. EDINA <ul><li>Academic (non-commercial) centre based at the University of Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Runs a numbers of services of differing data types – Bibliographic, Geodata as well as Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Also develops R&D projects </li></ul><ul><li>Access usually by institutional licence and on-site IP recognition or off-campus UK federation login </li></ul>
    4. 4. Current services Still images from the Digital Images for Education project – replaced the original Getty Images content 17 film and sound collections 3000 hours of news from ITN/Reuters archives, from1910 - 2007
    5. 5. Mediahub – a multimedia platform <ul><li>New service, launching early 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>To include the content of all current EDINA multimedia services, </li></ul><ul><li>plus searching the service will return results from external collections </li></ul>
    6. 6. Mediahub search results <ul><li>Mediahub searches and returns results for : </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Images for Education content: http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>17 Film & Sound Online collections </li></ul><ul><li>ITN/Reuters archives </li></ul><ul><li>Additional collections, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted access collections </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Digital Images for Education project <ul><li>JISC project to provide education community with high-resolution images for download – procurement commenced January 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent team of evaluators selected: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 still image collections - 56,000 still images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 moving image collections – 500 hours of film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covering 25 years of UK history </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Still images currently in Education Image Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>All content will available to download from Mediahub </li></ul>
    8. 8. AP Archive <ul><li>News footage from associated Press, ABC News, Sky News </li></ul><ul><li>9/11, Balkans conflict, 2003 war in Iraq </li></ul>
    9. 9. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge <ul><li>Wide range of images, including major artists e.g. Canaletto, Turner, Constable. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Getty <ul><li>Broad range of content covering political, cultural and social history </li></ul><ul><li>8000 film clips </li></ul><ul><li>12000 images </li></ul>
    11. 11. GovEd <ul><li>15000 images from private archive by Francesco Troina; architecture, design, engineering, , media and travel/tourism </li></ul>
    12. 12. Imperial War Museum: War posters <ul><li>3 collections of still images </li></ul><ul><li>Art of First World War, Art of Second World War. All main figures of British art in 20C represented </li></ul><ul><li>Proclamations – official instructions and statements at home and abroad </li></ul>
    13. 13. ITN <ul><li>6300 film clips focusing on UK news coverage </li></ul>
    14. 14. North Highland College <ul><li>The Johnston Collection, dating from 1840 - 1979. The Johnston family were pioneers in photography; lived and worked in Caithness and Sutherland. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject matter was Highland life – politics, fishing industry, portraiture </li></ul>
    15. 15. PYMCA <ul><li>5900 images of contemporary youth culture – changing fashions and lifestyles. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Royal Geographical Society <ul><li>6500 images </li></ul><ul><li>Sketches from Livingstone’s Zambezi expedition </li></ul><ul><li>Mallory and Irvine leaving for final ascemt of Everest </li></ul>
    17. 17. University of Brighton, Design archives <ul><li>4 collections: </li></ul><ul><li>British exhibitions e.g. Festival of Britain, 800 images </li></ul><ul><li>Posters ,500 images </li></ul><ul><li>Product design, 700 images </li></ul><ul><li>Retail and domestic spaces, 300 images </li></ul>
    18. 18. ITN/Reuters content <ul><li>1910s to 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>60,000 news stories </li></ul><ul><li>25,000 ITN programme scripts </li></ul><ul><li>3,000 hours of video footage </li></ul><ul><li>19 collections e.g. Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ITV News, Gaumont Graphic, Reuters </li></ul>
    19. 19. Other film and sound collections <ul><li>Amber Films </li></ul><ul><li>Anglia Television Library </li></ul><ul><li>Biochemical Society </li></ul><ul><li>Culverhouse Classical Music </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Himalaya </li></ul><ul><li>Educational and Television Films Ltd </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare Productions </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial War Museum </li></ul><ul><li>IWF Knowledge and Media GmbH Logic Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Mail Film Classics </li></ul><ul><li>St George's Hospital Medical School Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Sheffield University Learning Media Unit Collection </li></ul><ul><li>The Trials of Alger Hiss (1980) </li></ul><ul><li>Wellcome Film </li></ul>
    20. 20. Sample of additional collections searched
    21. 21. Mediahub
    22. 22. Mediahub – our collections
    23. 23. Mediahub – other open collections
    24. 24. Mediahub – other collections restricted
    25. 25. Brief results page
    26. 26. Full record page
    27. 27. Issues <ul><li>Obtaining licence permission </li></ul><ul><li>Standardising metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Developing interface (and technical back-end) </li></ul><ul><li>Agreeing design & features with partners </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with user communities </li></ul>
    28. 28. Next stages <ul><li>January/February 2011 – continue to design and test the service. Do you want to help? </li></ul><ul><li>First stable release – March 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration of existing subscribers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New subscribers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer 2011 –new features added for version 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Updates via the blog (and other channels) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for listening, … </li></ul>