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EUscreen debuts

Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen.

The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives.

The About page describes the need for this collaborative project:

Although audiovisual content is now being digitised and some of it is already available online, access to audiovisual archives, television in particular, remains fractured and scattered. EUscreen has developed a content selection policy and metadata framework that aligns the heterogeneous collections held throughout Europe and encourages the exploration of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history and European television history in particular. As one of the main audiovisual content aggregators for Europeana, EUscreen and its collection is also connected to an online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries and archives.

Users may search the 30,000 items of programme content by genre, language, decades or providers, and topics, which include:

An advanced search screen offers even more filter options.

Co-ordinated by Prof. Sonja de Leeuw of Utrecht University, EUscreen is supported by a lengthy list of partners, major players in the field of audiovisual archives, research and software technology, from across the continent.
Sometime between now and August 2012, look for participating archives and broadcasters to present in-depth Virtual Exhibitions and comparative exhibitions on themes that will that will be accompanied by a range of resources such as photographs, documents, audio and written text.
Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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