EUscreen, is an ambitious audiovisual, mostly television, archive project whose aim is to bring together in one digital space millions of items from libraries, archives and museums from all over Europe (20 countries). The selection policy is currently three-pronged. Items are selected either to inform 14 historical topics, as part of a virtual exhibition on themes that content providers select themselves, or as part of exhibitions on comparative themes across the region. Topics are broad: Arts and culture, Being European, Disasters, Education, Environment and Nature, Health, History of Euroropean Television, Lifestyle and Consumerism, National holidays, festivals…, Politics and Economics, Religion and Belief, Society and Social Issues, Special Collections, The Media, Transportation, Science and Technology, War and Conflict, and Work and Production. Genres are: Advertisements, Drama/Fictions, Entertainment and Performing Arts, Factual, Interstitials and Trailers, News, and Sport. 15 languages are represented. These video, audio, image and text materials range from the early 1900s to the present day.
In early 2012 EUscreen will launch an eJournal dedicated to the history of European television. The journal will live on the EUscreen site. Besides the searchable database of materials, the site will showcase curated exhibitions from member archives.
EUscreen is currently in beta but it is up and available. Keep an eye on it in the coming year as it goes into full breakout mode.