EUscreenXL is a three-year project co-founded in 2013 under the European Commission CIP ICT-PSP Programme. The project makes Europe’s audiovisual history freely accessible to a broad audience. It brings online 40 000 audiovisual materials, and will soon add another 20 000 to those already presented on the EUscreen portal. It aims to connect Europe’s online audiovisual heritage to Europeana by aggregating a comprehensive body of professional audiovisual content and making it accessible through Europeana, providing it with about 1.000.000 metadata records and giving access to digital content held by European providers. It is also a network of twenty-nine partners – excellent academics and professionals in the AV sector.
The EUscreenXL project brings together twenty-nine audiovisual archives, technical and research partners from twenty-two different European countries. The project consortium consists of leading audiovisual archives, excellent media scholars, skilled technical service providers and the European Broadcasting Union. 18 of them provides also content. Thera are also 12 Assosiate Partners supporting the developments of the EUscreenXL.
EUscreenXL represents a twin-track ingestion approach: 1. ‘Core Collection’ 60.000 enriched moving image content on EUscreen portal 2. ‘Aggregation’1.000.000 aggregated metadata records of digitised AV content
Euscreen required metadata fields for aggregated content, the stuff that goes directly to Europeana has 8 mandatory fields. Two of these: aggregatedCHO and provider are filled in automatically by our open source ingestion system MINT. 4 fields: rights, edm:type, the various dublin cores, edm:dataProvider can have constant values. Leaving only two unique fields, dc:title and edm:isShownAt
For the core collection, what is visible on the euscreen.eu portal we ask, when possible, for content providers to define a series record for certain item/clip records. The relation between the series record and its episdoes will be expressed by the relation type „hasEpisode” that will automatically link the unique identifier of the series records to the identifiers of the item/clip record.
EUscreen portal gives public access to thousands of items of film and television clips in 16 different languages. The project makes also 1 000 000 metadata records available for Europeana users.
The EUscreen portal enables educators, researchers and media professionals to find audiovisual content from across Europe. This resource encourages everyone to revisit their own past by exploring material from the very beginnings of television history. EUscreen brings together clips and programmes about politics, fashion, music, lifestyle, cooking, culture and more from the early 20th century to the present day. It allows you to freely explore the most significant events in the 20th and 21st century.
As an example of richness of the content gathered on euscreen.eu, 23 exhibitions have been produced in 2012. Curators, archivists and researchers on the project have selected content to develop exhibitions around specific themes. Virtual Exhibitions include light hearted explorations of food and culture while others offer a more detailed exploration of an issue such as the Velvet Revolution or the development of Romania. They cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe. VE have been short-listed for FIAT/IFTA Award in 2013.
My personal favorite is The Velvet Revolution which juxtaposes cut and uncut newreel content to showcase how the still soviet media distorted the uprising.
Website statistics have been analysed in order to monitor user experience and meet their needs and expectations with regard to the portal. The statistics show that new visitors visit the website mostly through the item pages (pages with the videos), most of the users are returning ones, hence more emphasis should be put on attracting potential new audiences e.g. by creating new interactive tools enabling further reuse of the content by scholars, students and other intrested parties.
It also showed that most of the users access euscreen.eu directly (50%) or through social media (21%). 16% of users are directed to the portal via Google search. One of the constantly increasing major traffic source is also Europeana.
Given the earlier-mentioned facts and figures recent months have seen an increased focus on a redesign of the EUscreen portal. This work has been ongoing since October 2013 when a special group dedicated to portal re-development (task force) was created. The task force’s main objective is to improve the look and feel of the portal and ensure that materials on the portal are displayed in an informative and appealing manner. The new version of the portal will be released in October 2014 during EUscreenXL conference in Rome. The new, re-developed EUscreen portal will offer users different tools which will allow to reuse the content, e.g. create virtual exhibitions or facilitate the use of videos, photos etc. in the classroom. For the first time EUscreen portal will become also available on mobile devices. Update from Flash to HTML5.
The project is also about providing information about the news and events in the audiovisual sector. The EUscreenXL blog is an information hub for audiovisual archive professionals, academics and the public at large interested in the audiovisual world. To receive information about the audiovisual sector follow our blog or join our bi-monthly newsletter.
VIEW, Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed multimedia e-journal in the field of television studies. Offering an international platform for outstanding academic research on television, the journal has an interdisciplinary profile and acts both as a platform for critical reflection on the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past and present as well as a multi-media platform for the circulation and use of digitized audiovisual material. The journal’s main aim is to function as a showcase for a creative and innovative use of digitized television material in scholarly work, and to inspire a fruitful discussion between audiovisual heritage institutions (especially television archives) and a broader community of television experts and amateurs. There are two issues published per year.
EUscreenXL sees a strong potential for its future dissemination activities performed in collaboration with third parties institutions, including creative sector representatives. The project has decided to start opening its archives more to general public (and at the same time try out a business model pilot) by joining a multinational Freedom Express project. The project is organised by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and high-profile European institutions (Europeana amongst them) and is designed as a reminder of the fundamental meaning of the revolutions of 1989 for the identity of Europeans living on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. The travelling exhibition, called Freedom Express will be shown in Warsaw, Budapest, Brussels, the Hague and Berlin in Autumn and Winter 2014. EUscreen is contributing to the exhibition by preparing a short minute video collage made out of the content from 6 EUscreen partners – CT, RTV SLO, DW, NAVA and NinA, illustrating the ground-breaking events of 1989 and the period of Soviet domination in Central and Eastern Europe. Participation in an international project of this scale gives EUscreen unique opportunity of being present in an exceptional international media campaign involving leading institutions and media representatives from the region as well as prooves the capability of the EUscreenXL Network to perform joint actions.
EUscreenXL understand its great potential of being a network and a unique platform for exchange of expertise and professional experience between European partners. One of the benefits are most definitely face to face meetings. Already several workshops took place – some of them focused on the technical aspects of the cooperation within the project while others addressed legal and user-oriented issues. On May 13, EUscreenXL and the Europeana Foundation organized a strategic workshop on the impact of copyright and ensuing issues for audiovisual archive collections. In this dedicated workshop, EUscreenXL presented its research on IPR and linked it to the most current events in EU policy on copyright. The focal point of the workshop was a dedicated exercise in which we aimed to outline and prioritise the policy actions to be undertaken for the audiovisual domain on a European level.
As a network we aim at expending and are always willing to welcome new members. There are multiple benefits from joining in. These are as follows (please read from the slide).
Invitation to the EUscreenXL Conference. The conference will take place on October 30-31 2014 in Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese, Rome (Italy). During the two-day event we would like to discuss the current challenges of audiovisual archives and broadcasters encounter when engaging users. The formulas for a functional web presence, approaches to different types of users and set-up of sustainable communities with online content will become our focus. This conference aims to lift the veil on knowing how and why users interact with digital resources.
We always invite you to contact us under general address info[at]euscreen.eu or to directly get in touch with the coordinators and work packages leaders. You can also find us and explore EUscreen more on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr and Vimeo.
EUscreenXL at the EBU Archives Workshop in Geneva
Making Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage
Available For All
EBU; Geneva, Switzerland
29 October 2014
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2014 2015 2016
29 partners 19 content partners
Aalto-yliopisto Lietuvos Centrinis
Instituto Luce Cinecittà
Radio Télévision Belge de
la Communauté Française
Ireland’s National Television
and Radio Broadcaster
Televisió de Catalunya
Nederlands Instituut voor
Beeld en Geluid
University of London
The British Universities
Film & Video Council
Rádio e Televisão
de Portugal S.A.
WP2 Aggregating and Enriching
WP3 Contextualisation, User
Engagement and Evaluation (KB)
WP1 Project Management and
WP6 Dissemination, Exploitation
and Sustainability (NInA)
WP4 Integration and Cloud-
-based Services Platform (NTUA)
WP5 Network Expansion and
Pan-European Policies (NISV)
Quality Assurance (UU)
Project coordinator (UU)
Technical coordinator (NISV)
Metadata fields: Core Collection
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Metadata fields: Core Collection
Series or collection
Metadata fields: Core Collection
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• Extending EDM to accommodate AV collections
• Addition of sub-properties
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• videoFormat, aspectRatio; audioFormat,
containerFormat, colour, sound
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for Content Partners
Strategic Workshop on IPR
Regulations for Audiovisual Heritage
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