British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


Duration: 2013 – 2016

Funded by: European Commission ICT Policy Support Programme

Partner(s): EUscreen consortium (32 partners from 21 EU member states and Switzerland)

Key objectives:

  • To add 20,000 new items – mainly selected from long-running factual series, documentaries, newsreels and magazine programmes – to the 30,000 already available on the EUscreen portal, thus enhancing the multi-lingual, freely accessible website of programme content (videos, images and text) from 22 European broadcasters and audiovisual archives.
  • To act as pan-European aggregator for audiovisual heritage in Europe. 1 million metadata records with links to online content from a broad range of Europe’s audiovisual archives will be provided to internet portal Europeana.

BUFVC involvement / Project outcomes:

  • The three-year initiative follows on from the first phase of the EUscreen project which ran from 2009 – 2012. BUFVC will work with 32 partners across Europe and, as UK partner, will once again collaborate with Royal Holloway, University of London and Cinecittà Luce, Italy, to deliver a content selection strategy and metadata framework that aligns the heterogeneous collections held throughout Europe.
  • The project aims to encourage researchers, teachers and the general user to explore Europe’s rich and culturally diverse history, particularly its television history, with content dating from the early twentieth century up to the present day. By making long-running series from different countries available in one place, the project will open up new possibilities for historical and comparative analysis, both within individual countries and across national borders.
  • As the main audiovisual content aggregator for Europeana, EUscreen also plays an important role in the advancement of the European Digital Library, promoting and maximizing awareness for a shared pan-European audiovisual content policy for broadcasters and archives. Audiovisual material is currently under-represented on Europeana: one of the main objectives of EUscreen is to give television and film material a presence on Europeana that matches its cultural, social and historical significance.

EUscreen won the Silver Award in the 2nd Annual Lovie Awards in the Television category. EUscreen was chosen by the expert members of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) from nearly 1,000 entries from over 20 countries in Europe.

Staff contacts:

Eve-Marie Oesterlen, Project Manager EUscreen, email, tel: + 44 (0)20 7393 1521

Andrew Ormsby, Content Co-ordinator EUscreen, email, tel: +44 (0)20 7393 1521

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