EUscreen – Discover Europe’s television heritage
EUscreen aims to promote the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history.
The portal is a unique showcase of Europe’s television heritage that has been set up by a partnership of 34 archives, broadcasters, universities and technical partners from 19 European countries.
EUscreen offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives.
Initiated in 2009 the project consortium means to reach the widest range of cultural, educational and recreational users by employing a number of interactive functionalities and dynamic links with Europeana – the single access point to millions of cultural objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe.
Thousands of videos and images are available for free online consultation, and additional content is added on a daily basis. The portal provides a wide variety of functionalities to search and browse the collection, which can be used in different contexts such as curricula and research programmes, for remix, and for leisurely dives into popular history. The portal www.euscreen.eu was officially launched in celebration of UNESCO’s World Day of Audiovisual Heritage on October 27th, 2011. Additional tools for curated exhibitions and an academic e-journal will become available in 2012.
Besides the gathering and displaying of content, EUscreen makes use of open source tools and open standards to maximise interoperability between external data sources and enhance the semantic web. Through the EUscreen Linked Open Data pilot, for instance, EUscreen allows users not only to access and retrieve metadata from the EUscreen content via standard web technologies, but also to discover relevant data within the multitude of the available content and even to implement applications that integrate data from the EUscreen collection.
EUscreen is a project supported by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme.