British Universities Film & Video Council

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Recent additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes nearly 1,400 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

This site aims to promote the creation of innovative video content about plant life and make the best of these films accessible on a single website. Chlorofilms was set up in 2008, with funding and support from three plant biology organisations and Penn State University’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The sponsors offered cash prizes for the best videos and the prizewinning films, along with the other entries, make up the site’s content. The films are divided into two broad categories. General videos are intended for a broad audience, while films in the Technical category are for classroom or research use and are aimed at viewers with some academic background in plant sciences. Although the site appears not to have been updated since 2010, most of the videos are still available.

There are many science podcasts, but very few dedicated to computer sciences. Created in 2010 by researchers and students at Edinburgh University, Compucast is a lively and varied podcast about computer science and related technologies. Presented in a magazine format and aimed at an audience with a reasonable grounding in the subject, the programmes cover subjects such as robotics, systems biology, semantics, artificial intelligence and energy efficient data centres, amongst others. The podcasts are in MP3 format and are free to download.

National Maritime Museum Film Archive
The National Maritime Museum holds over 1500 films, documenting Britain’s relationship with the sea. A small selection of films has been digitised and can be viewed on the museum’s Flickr site. A list of the entire collection, arranged by subject, is on the website and researchers can arrange to visit the museum to see the films, or borrow a viewing copy (in VHS or Beta format).

NOAA Center for Tsunami Research
This organisation, based at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle, undertakes research to devise faster, more accurate ways of forecasting tsunamis, predict the effect of their impact on coastal communities and develop detection technology. Their website features a number of model animations of actual and simulated tsunami events. There is also a link to a YouTube and teaching videos and other educational resources.

Savage Earth Animations
These animations supplement the PBS Savage Earth television series, which was first broadcast in 1998 and tells the story of natural disasters. A series of articles on the website explains the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, while the flash animations, which are accompanied by explanatory text, show, in a step by step way, the action behind the phenomena. There are also links to other web resources, from general geophysics sites to resources specific to tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes.

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