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EUscreen publishes second online access to audiovisual heritage status report

July 26, 2012

EUscreen has published a second report detailing the overview of current technological developments in audiovisual preservation and the progress in publishing and making historical footage accessible online for users around the world.


The report is a follow-up from the first status report published by EUscreen in April 2011.

There are three main issues addressed in the report: use and reuse of audiovisual materials, current trends towards a cultural commons, and fundamental research in the area of audiovisual content. The first chapter, “Major Trends in Online Access to Audiovisual Content,” gives an overview of major developments in online audiovisual collections, including access provision and use of content by the creative industries. The second, “Towards a Cultural Commons,” discusses the reuse of audiovisual sources as a cultural and explorative practice. Chapter three, “Topics in the (European) Research Arena,” discusses current research topics connected to audiovisual heritage. There are also three annexes attached to the report providing further information, titled “90+ Sources for Open Video,” “European Broadcasting Catchup Services,” and “Archival Video Remix Contests (2005 – 2012).”

The report highlights online audiovisual media, as the internet as a platform becomes an even more integral part of chain of digital audiovisual preservation. The editors explain that this type of access platform is characterised by “constant renewal, overhaul and additional challenges.” They explain that by “taking stock of the current status of the online audiovisual heritage field, [we will be able to] measure our own strategies and technological solutions for providing access.” Statistics about current online audiovisual collections are noted throughout the report in several areas, but perhaps the most memorable is, that as of May 2012, 72 hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube. Perhaps the most difficult terrain in this arena will be to make all the content searchable and findable. In the conclusion of the report, the editors remind us that “if [audiovisual materials] want to be reused, [they] need to be able to be found,” and that “if we want to use the multitude of sources out there to [...] become the source material for new creative endeavours, we need to further develop the technological structures and online availability of these [audiovisual] materials.”

This latest report comes as the EUscreen project is beginning to move towards its final stages. The official press release for this report states that “this [second] status report comes at a time where the [EUscreen] project needs to reflect on its position in the field and on its long-term sustainable future as a service for the various stakeholders.” EUscreen started in October 2009 as a three-year project funded by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme, and will conclude in September 2012 with the final EUscreen conference in Budapest.

You can download the status report via the PrestoCentre website.