| A new multi-media e-journal on the past and present of European television
If only for pretty sound, nominal reasons, Film Studies For Free doesn’t usually stray too far beyond the field of free film studies. Today is an exception, however, simply because of an exceptional, new, and also free to access, online publication.
The inaugural issue of the new Journal of European Television History and Culture is devoted to ‘Making Sense of Digital Sources‘, a hugely important topic for all audiovisual forms and cultures. Its editors write,
In the past few years national broadcasting archives and audiovisual libraries have taken important steps in the digitisation of their sources. Consequently, some of their material has already become available online. But as access to television material online across national borders remains fractured and scattered, European funded projects such as Video Active (2006-2009) and EUscreen (2009-2012) try to tackle some of the main problems with transnational access:
- the lack of interoperability between archival data-bases both at the level of metadata and semantics;
- the non-existence of proven scenarios for the use of audiovisual material at a European level;
- the complexity of rights issues and the lack of contextualisation of digitised sources.
At the FIAT/IFTA conference in Paris in 2004, the European Television History Network (ETHN) was launched, aiming at promoting the need for a transnational perspective on the history and culture of television in Europe. The archival situation and the accessibility for researchers vary considerably in the different European countries. That is why ETHN acknowledged the necessity of cooperation between archives and academics on a European scale in order to bridge academic research and archival initiatives. The Journal of European Television History and Culture builds on these initiatives and is closely related to EUscreen of which the e-journal is an important feature.[from Andreas Fickers and Sonja de Leeuw. ‘Editorial’]
FSFF salutes EUScreen, ETHN, and especially, on this the occasion of its birth, the Journal of European Television History and Culture.
It can only hope that European (and, indeed, non-European) archival film culture and studies will learn much (and quickly) from the wonderful and increasingly joined up examples of its televisual counterparts.
- Sonja de Leeuw, ‘European Television History Online: History And Challenges’ PDF
- Lilian Landes, ‘Building Platforms For Historians: Making Data Findable. A Critical Reflection On Some German Initiatives’ PDF
- Andreas Fickers, ‘Towards A New Digital Historicism? Doing History In The Age Of Abundance PDF
- John Ellis, ‘Why Digitise Historical Television?’ PDF
- Pelle Snickars, ‘If Content Is King, Context Is Its Crown’ PDF
- Luca Barra, Massimo Scaglioni, ‘Making The Most Of The Archive: Commercial Exploitation Of The Digital Archive On Contemporary Italian Network TV’ PDF
- Alexander Badenoch, ‘Translating ‘Liebeskummer’: Combo 1965’ PDF
- Andy O’Dwyer, ‘Digitising Context: The Case Of The Radio Times’ PDF
- Dana Mustata, ‘History In The Backstage Of Romanian Television Archives’ PDF
- Matteo Treleani, Claude Mussou, ‘Retelling the Past with Broadcast Archives: Context Makes Sense’ PDF