EUscreen is a website that provides free access to Europe’s television heritage through videos, articles, images and audio from European audiovisual archives and broadcasters. It offers an archive of resources that is based on the materials from a consortium of European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. They aim to support access to Europe’s audiovisual heritage. The European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage established by the Council of Europe creates the context for work on cultural co-operation, of which promoting European cinema has always been an important concern.
EUscreen runs its own Web portal providing access to archive materials. It is based on a consortium established in 2006 and draws on the expertise of a wide network of audiovisual archives, academic and technical partners. EUscreen an independent, inclusive network, supporting durable and contextualised access to Europe’s television heritage. The network actively promotes awareness of audiovisual heritage in various domains, including education, research, media production and towards the general public. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the network, the EUscreen Foundation was founded in 2013.
EUscreen offers access to data files which must be available in XML, CSV, or JSON files, or via OAI-PMH harvesting as well as the following:
– Curation of audiovisual content through video collections, virtual and onsite exhibitions,
– Promotion of collections and partners through a monthly newsletter, the EUscreen blog and social media (Twitter and Facebook), video collections, virtual exhibitions,
– Promotion of using audiovisual collections for education and research, also through the open access academic VIEW Journal of
– European Television History and Culture,
– Information and training on workflows and requirements needed to contribute data to EUscreen and Europeana,
– Training on working with the MINT mapping tool to map and enrich data following the requirements for publication on the EUscreen portal, as well as on Europeana Collections,
– Online aggregation training, courses and workshops at EUscreen network events,
– Data analysis and a feedback loop before sending data to Europeana,
– Uploading, storing and streaming of content for the EUscreen portal.