FORWARD Conference “Digitisation of cultural heritage and orphan works” 30/11/16

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9 November 2016 – In 2012, the Orphan Works Directive has been adopted with the aim to unlock hundreds of thousands of objects preserved in Europe’s libraries, museums, archives and cinematheques, to digitse and publish them on portals like the European Film Gateway or Europeana.  How has this objective been put into practise?  The conference,
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Seminar “Archival Film Today”, Municipal Library of Prague, 26 May 2015

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15 May 2015 – How to facilitate access to audiovisual heritage whether it has been digitised or not? Digitisation is being carried on under the rationale of enabling access, but it seems to be only the very first step in making sure that our audiovisual heritage is available, known and alive. Digitising enables access rather
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Cultural heritage actions in the EU: policies, programmes and activities

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15 August 2014 – In connection with the policy report”Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage”, the Commission has published an overview of activities and funding programmes related to cultural heritage, including film heritage: Horizon2020, Europeana, Creative Europe and the Structural & Investment Funds, ERASMUS etc. It encourages cultural institutions to seize these opportunities and
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Europeana Strategy 2020: We transform the world with culture

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20 July 2014 – Europeana published its strategic plan 2015-2020. One of the main goals for the upcoming years is to transform Europeana from portal to platform: Build a shared infrastructure, where people can reuse the material and interact with others.  The priorities  are to 1) improve metadata quality, 2) open up data, 3) create
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“Licences for Europe” final plenary – ACE signs statement with authors and producers

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20 November 2013 – On 13 November, the final session of the stakeholder’s dialogue Licences for Europe took place in Brussels.  The initiative was set up jointly by the Commissioners Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services),  and Andrea Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) in February this year.  The purpose of
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Cinema Experts Group – Subgroup Film Heritage Meeting, Brussels 27-28 November

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19 November 2013- Each year, the European Commission officially invites the Member States to send experts to the meeting of the  Subgroup film heritage. Also invited are professional European and International associations from the audiovisual sector ( film archives, public sector broadcasters, rights holders organisations, distributors, experts in film literacy and media education etc.).  Purpose
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“Sammeln, Sichern, Sehen. Was ist eine Kinemathek?”, Berlin, 13-14 September 2013

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4 September 2013  – Cinémathèques as cultural institutions have a relatively short history, but need to quickly align themselves to radically changing technologies and user expectations. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Berlin), the Conference “Collecting, preserving, presenting: What are Cinémathèques?” aims to analyse
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Conference “Impact of recent European initiatives on the digitisation of works, 7th June, Brussels

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30 May 2013 -  Large scale digitsation projects, mainly undertaken by libraries and archives, are absolutely indispensable for the promotion of the knowledge society and public access to culture. These projects are all confronted with the challenge of copyright. To date, European Institutions don’t have a specific solution for mass-digitisation. Over the past two years,
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Increase availability of European films for research – Petition by University of Udine

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14 March 2013 – Yesterday, at the XX Udine International Film Studies Conference ( 12-14 March) students, researchers and University professors have launched a petition to the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission to increase the availability of  films to the wider public, but also for research and educational purposes by fostering
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Filmoteca Española – new online platform

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31 January 2013 – Filmoteca Española has recently given free online access to the Spanish newsreel NO-DO (Noticiarios y Documentales, 1943 – 1981).  Users can also find a selection of feature films, shorts and documentaries, among them ” Un perro andaluz”  and other important films from the collections of Filmoteca Española. The videos were published
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