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This Gateway includes 1,800 websites relating to moving image 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.

The Big Cartoon DataBase
The BCDB project began in 1996 as a list of Disney animated features on creator Dave Koch’s personal computer. In response to increasing interest in the material, the DataBase went online in 1998 as a searchable resource dedicated to compiling information about cartoons, including production details such as voice actors, producers, and directors, as well as plot summaries and user reviews. Other features include news items related to the animation industry and an image gallery, which allows users to see images of various cartoon characters taken from popular films. Many films are streamed on the site.

Educational Media Resources Online

EMRO is a database of video, DVD, audio CD and CD-ROM reviews of materials from major educational and documentary distributors and independent filmmakers. The reviews are written by librarians and teaching faculty in institutions across the United States and Canada. Material can be searched by title, keyword, date and star rating.

London Sound Survey
A growing collection of creative commons-licensed sound recordings of people, places and events in the capital. Historical references are gathered to find out how London’s sounds have changed. Topics covered are eclectic including auctions, market traders, charity fundraising, fairgrounds and amusements, soapbox orators, calls to worship and beggars and hustlers. Contextual information includes date of recording, the name of the recorder, location, summary of content and technical details of the recording. A sound map enables users to identify the sounds of a particular area of London.

Science and Society Podcasts

Launched in June 2003, this was one of the first-internet radio programmes, and the site claims that it was one of the first in the United States to introduce downloadable podcasts as a value-added service. The podcasts present interviews with more than 600 world leaders in science, industry, and education. It focuses on Environmental conservation and sustainable energy policy, Medical breakthroughs, including cancer research, genetics and genomics, and bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Space exploration, Robotics and computer science and K-12 science education. The podcasts can be searched by themes such as Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Robotics and AI and Stem Cell Research. Each entry incorporates information about the speaker and bullet points summarising content.

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