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What's it all for - John Ellis

  1. 1. Exploring Europe's Television Heritage in Changing Contexts Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu 'Why Digitise and Make Available? What Is All This For?' Why Digitise and Make Available? What Is All This For? JOHN ELLIS PROFESSOR OF MEDIA ARTS ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
  2. 2. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu THREE STAGES IN THE HISTORY OF DIGITISATION FIRST: Access and availability seen as good in themselves THEN: Criteria of content selection and organisation NOW: Reaching out to users
  3. 3. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu EUSCREEN AND USERS • Finding users • Researching their requirements • Designing appropriate interfaces
  4. 4. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu OUR DEFINITION OF USERS • Education: primary, secondary, higher (including research) • Media Professionals • Cultural Heritage Institutions • General Public
  5. 5. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu USER DEFINITIONS Generic definitions Groups with their own cultural aims Using assets as television content: Informing Educating Entertaining ... a great mission that dates to the earliest days of television
  6. 6. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu ALREADY SOME SURPRISES... USE IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING • Sections of authentic everyday speech on real issues • Wide range of accents and dialect • Can see the gestures that accompany speech
  7. 7. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu LANGUAGE LEARNERS & TEACHERS Specific group in and beyond formal education Have their own particular needs Probably will want to repurpose material at some point e.g. • Extracts • Added text or commentary • Even embedding in VLEs...
  8. 8. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu VLE EMBDEDDING IN EUSCREEN? An online academic journal Able to quote extracts from Euscreen assets Analysing programmes from many points of view Demonstrating the history of TV with quotations from TV’s history
  9. 9. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu OTHER POTENTIAL USERS
  10. 10. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu REMINISCENCE THERAPY Already established for use with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients • Slows memory degeneration • Combats depression • Encourages socialisation • Requires regular sessions
  11. 11. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu REMINISCENCE THERAPY Uses objects and music to provoke memories and discussion Generations for whom television was a central part of their lives But television material is hardly ever used...
  12. 12. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu “Silver surfers”
  13. 13. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu ... So we need to make this happen! Do we need a further project to define these socially important but specific uses... and to find their users?
  14. 14. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu AND WHAT IF... Users see our content not as television but as data...
  15. 15. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu BRUCE FORSYTH
  16. 16. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu
  17. 17. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu A LONG CAREER IN THE PUBLIC EYE... ... is also valuable, possibly unique, data on the ageing process We can examine Bruce Forsythe as a man of 20 and a man of 80: – How does his physiology change? – How does he move differently? – When do signs of degeneration appear, if at all...
  18. 18. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu TELEVISION AS MEDICAL DATA Euscreen could also be used as a vast repository of longitudinal medical data unavailable anywhere else
  19. 19. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu IMAGINE OTHER USES... a depository of data about spaces at particular times in the past – Use in Planning: how the space has worked in the past? – Use in construction: what are the hidden hazards of industrial heritage? Could be used in mash-up with other material...
  20. 20. Exploring Europe's Television Heritage in Changing Contexts Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu
  21. 21. Exploring Europe's Television Heritage in Changing Contexts Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu Depends on two factors: ‘Ordinary television’ Everyday television rather than the great works, the classics, the canon... 29-06-10
  22. 22. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu and METADATA Crucial for any reuse of TV material as data Must be: – As accurate as possible – As comprehensive as possible – As searchable as possible
  23. 23. Connected to: Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme www.euscreen.eu This is the huge potential of our project. Thank you.

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