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The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes nearly 1,200 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at:

Australian Screen
A promotional and educational resource operated by the National Film and Sound Archive containing information about and extracts from a huge selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, television programmes, newsreels, short films, advertisements, animations, and home-movies produced over the last 100 years. The site brings together material from the collections of the National Film and Sound Archive, as well as the National Archives of Australia, the ABC, the Special Broadcasting Service, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSI). As well as credits and transcripts, many of the film clips are accompanied by detailed notes for teachers, pointing out the educational value of the material. There are also video interviews with Australian filmmakers and a series of thematic essays on different parts of the collection, all illustrated with film clips, ranging from Horror in Australian Cinema, to A Short History of Indigenous Filmmaking and a look at the Roads and Traffic Authority Collection.

Europa Film Treasures
Supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, as well as other public and private partners and featuring streamed films from a network of some thirty European partner film archives, Europa Film Treasures aims to provide free access to a wide range of films “from comedy to science fiction, from westerns to animation, from erotic to ethnological movies”, with the aim of preserving and commenting on an important part of European cultural and political history.

The range of film spans the 1890s to the 1970s, but there is an emphasis on early cinema. The website is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

Online Neuroscience Lectures
Site hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas which provides a series of links to lectures and videos on neuroscience from a variety of sources, including MIT and UCLA.

Oxford Internet Institute
The Oxford Internet Institute’s website provides streamed and downloadable webcasts of the scientists, innovators, academics and regulators who have spoken at the institute, covering areas such as social media, internet regulation, safety and security online, digital social research, e-government and democracy, civil society, open access, e-learning and e-research, socioeconomics and the digital divide, citizen journalism, and, in the clip below, the future of the Internet itself, as Professor Jim Hendler looks at how new technologies, including the Semantic Web, mobile computing, and open data have the potential to change the way humanity addresses crucial global problems.

The lectures, talks and interviews date back to 2005 and can be browsed by category or date and are searchable by keyword.

Science Daily
One of the internet’s primary science web portals featuring articles and videos on a wide spectrum of scientific subjects including mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, computer science and biology as well as geology, palaeontology and archaeology. The articles and accompanying audiovisual material are selected from news releases submitted by universities and other research institutions and some are written by Science Daily staff. The large amount of material on offer can make browsing daunting, but subjects are divided into nine broad categories, which are then further divided into sets of narrower terms to facilitate focused searching.

Science Network
The stated aim of this resource is to create a public space to discuss issues at the point where science and social policy intersect. The site presents a series of lectures, interviews and readings from various conferences and symposia with the emphasis on serious current scientific research and its moral, ethical and philosophical implications. The subjects covered include cognitive science, neuroscience, stem cell research, oncology, evolution and aging. The site has much that is interesting but of particular note are the proceedings of the Beyond Belief conference, a lively wide-ranging conference on science and religion featuring a large group of eminent scientists and philosophers, including Richard Dawkins, biologist and philosopher Francisco J. Ayala, planetary scientist Carolyn Porco and co-founder and Director of The Science Network Roger Bingham. TSN’s website features streaming videos and podcasts, which are also available for download.

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