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EUscreenXL

The EUscreenXL project consists of over thirty institutions collaborating on the EUscreen portal, a collection of tens of thousands of pieces of audiovisual content and one million metadata entries. It provides free and legal access to a digital library of archival television programs, photographs and articles.

NInA is a member of the European network of broadcasters and archives that have organized around the portal and participate in the EUscreenXL project. An additional result of the project will be the publication of one million metadata entries for films, theater productions, radio and television programs, and documents — Europe’s audiovisual heritage — on the Europeana digital platform. 

EUscreenXL is also offers a visually appealing way to publish archival content. The web 2.0 tools created by the project allow users to contextualize resources by commenting on them, tagging them and creating virtual exhibitions. Furthermore, EUscreen is an exceptional network that connects outstanding audiovisual broadcasters, archives, technical partners and media historians from 22 countries across Europe. 

The project is coordinated by Utrecht University in partnership with a number of institutions, including the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the French INA, Czech Television and the European Broadcasting Union. NInA has contributed over one thousand audio and video clips to the project, along with seven thousand pieces of metadata. The NInA team is also responsible for the communication efforts of the entire consortium, which include running the official blog and Facebook profile, building new partnerships to promote EUscreen, and organizing two international conferences in Rome (October 30–31, 2014) and Warsaw (December 3–4, 2015). 

EUscreenXL Conference 2014 in Rome | October 30–31, 2014

The conference “From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online,” co-organized by NInA and the Italian Istituto Luce Cinecittà (LUCE), was held at Rome’s Casa del Cinema. The topic of the conference was strategies for encouraging internet users to make creative use of audiovisual material. Attending the event were over one hundred experts, who discussed effective ways to promote online collections of intellectual property. 

The conference marked the launch of the new EUscreen.eu portal, co-created by the NInA team. The redesigned website featured, for the first time ever, content from NINATEKA. As EUscreenXL technical coordinator Johan Oomen explained: 

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The EUscreen Network has been offering access to the highlights of Europe’s rich broadcasting history for several years.The redesign of the portal marks an impressive milestone of its activity.
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Read the full report on the conference or visit the official project blog

 

EUscreenXL Conference in Rome, October 30–31, 2014. Photos: Erwin Verbruggen, Maria Drabczyk, Quirijn Backx.

Freedom Express

In June 2014 EUscreenXL partnered with the international social and educational campaign Freedom Express, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Among the components of the project organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity was a multimedia exhibition depicting the various roads to freedom taken by Central and Eastern European countries. Comprising eight block-shaped displays, the installation presented images, documents and other historical material from 1939–1991, with particular emphasis placed on the year 1989. 

NInA and Video Studio Gdańsk collaborated with six European partners – Deutsche Welle in Germany, the National Archives in Lithuania, RTV in Slovenia, Czech Television, the National Audiovisual Archive of Hungary and Netherlands Sound and Vision – to create a special video collage of the most important events of the past 25 years that transformed Europe and the world. It marked the first physical exhibition of content contained in the archives of the international consortium:

 

The film is part of an exhibition that has been traveling around Europe, visiting Berlin, Brussels and Warsaw, and will be displayed in other European cities over the next two years. A digital version of the exhibition is available on a specially-designed website

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