British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Recently added to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 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  http://bufvc.ac.uk/gateway/

Deutsche Welle
This is the website of Germany’s international broadcaster, which provides a wide range of television, radio and online services in thirty languages and is particularly strong in its coverage of culture, education and European social, political and economic matters. The Learn German page, provides access to a range of language courses, suitable for all levels, and including e-learning services, videos, audio courses and podcasts, as well as written materials and worksheets. Amongst the language resources on offer is Langsam Gesprochne Nachrichten, a series of podcasts, with accompanying transcripts, of the news being read slowly in German.

Based at Stanford University, The Kavli Institute for Particle Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, was set up in 2003 to serve as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. The website features a Media page divided into four sections: Images, Movies, Lectures and Educational Videos, showing computer simulations of various cosmic phenomena and objects as well as lectures and talks on dark matter, dark energy, black holes and the origins of the universe.

The Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics have developed this site as a guide to the best physics resources on the web. Users can search the database of over 4,000 physics sites by topic or keyword, and can narrow searching according to type – ‘Website’, ‘Experiment’ or ‘Video’ – as well as age level and knowledge level. The site also features articles, news items, and advice about studying physics at school or university and careers advice for graduates.

Staffordshire Film Archive
Founded by Professor Ray Johnson in 1980, and housed at the University of Staffordshire, the archive documents the social history of the county, covering the industrial areas of Stoke on Trent and the Potteries as well as rural Staffordshire. Footage of local trades, such as pottery making, iron and steel working and coal mining predominates: also represented are football and cricket history and other sports. The primary archive material is supplemented by video filmed by Professor Johnson himself, including location film, interviews and documentaries, some of which are available to buy on DVD. A number of sample clips give a flavour of what is available.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project
This resource presents thousands of animated demonstrations and interactive illustrations, mainly in in science, technology, mathematics but also in art, music, finance and other fields. The website defines ‘Demonstration’ as ‘the interactive demonstration of a concept’ and this broad definition applies to concepts in Life Science, Mathematics, Computation, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Creative Arts amongst others.

One of the website’s goals is to bring computational exploration to the widest possible audience, including schoolchildren, students, academics and industry researchers and this is reflected in the sheer range of material available, ranging from a visualisation of Schrödinger’s cat experiment (but with catnip, rather than poison),to an interactive demonstration of the Duckworth Lewis Method – an algorithm used to determine the result of rain-affected cricket matches in a way that is fair to both teams.

The resource and all the demonstrations are free but users need to download the Wolfram cdf Player, which is also free. Users are encouraged to create their own demonstration using Mathematica software.

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