Final EUscreen Conference

Television Heritage and the Web

13-14 September 2012

ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary

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EUscreen, the best-practice network for Europe’s television heritage, has announced its third and final international conference on Television Heritage and the Web. The programme consists of two workshops, a plenary session with keynotes, and case studies. Attendance is free but online registration is required.

The conference announcement states: “Today, most broadcasters devote resources to web-based forms of television, both in terms of new programming and older programme materials. Broadcast archives are becoming increasingly important as ‘old’ television content has the potential to attract online users. As a result, the major question for audiovisual archives, scholars and media professionals is: ‘What does the current shift to online forms actually imply for television heritage?'”

Conference participants will discuss and analyse the opportunities and challenges of current media changes. The conference includes a range of international experts and a workshop titledEUscreen best practice applications showcase, which explores the exploitation of broadcast material in the fields of learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.

Confirmed speakers include Lynn Spigel (Northwestern University, USA), Eggo Müller (Utrecht University, NL), Richard Grusin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA), Jamie Harley (FR), Irina Negraru and Dana Mustata (TVR, RO), Aleksander Lavrencic/Katja Šturm (RTV Slovenija, SI), Victoria Metzger/Xavier Jacques-Jourion (RTBF, BE), and Attila Nemes (Kitchen Budapest, HU).

The EUscreen project has published 30,000 television items online to make historical audiovisual content widely accessible. I began in October 2009 as a three-year project funded by the European Commission’s eContentplus programme. A beta version of the portal was launched in 2011 and is also directly connected to Europeana. EUscreen is co-ordinated by the University of Utrecht and its consortium consists of 28 partners and 10 associate partners – audiovisual archives, research institutions, technology providers, and Europeana – from 20 different European countries.

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