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Rome, Italy | Published on: October 30, 2014
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Summary
EUscreen, the European Network for audiovisual heritage, launches its renewed website offering free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual archives.
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The EUscreen Network is proud and thrilled to announce the launch of its renewed EUscreen website (euscreen.eu) during the International Conference From Audience to User: Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online, in Rome, Italy on October 30th.

The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together videos, stills, text and audio that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries.

The re-developed EUscreen portal offers a brand new experience. The platform is user-friendly and dynamic, inviting visitors to play the videos and discover new content. It gives users a chance to explore the crème de la crème of Europe’s rich broadcast history on the homepage where a selection of specially chosen content is displayed. These video highlights showcase a range of material from across Europe and have been specifically chosen by the contributing archives. Users can explore videos dealing with current affairs and topical issues from the early 1900s until today. They can also watch series and collections ranging from broadcast series to collections of amateur films. The new version of the portal is optimised to be accessible on mobile devices and allows content to be easily shared.

In order to make the content accessible internationally, the portal provides English subtitles for a range of videos. Finally, an exhibition builder (available soon) will allow users to create virtual exhibitions and facilitate the use of videos, photos and audio material.

Over the next few weeks, the website will continually be updated, in response to users feedback.

About EUscreenXL

EUscreenXL is a three-year project co-funded in 2013 under the CIPICT-PSP Programme. It aggregates a comprehensive body of professional audiovisual content and makes it accessible through Europeana and the EUscreen portal. The project consortium consists of 20 leading audiovisual archives, excellent media scholars, skilled technical service providers and networks such as FIAT/IFTA and the European Broadcasting Union.

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“Audiovisual material is definitely one of the most attractive contents for users online. Digital technologies keep developing and we had to make sure that we keep up with the new trends and for instance, make our content available on mobile devices too. The new responsive EUscreen portal is designed for mobile access and introduces new functionalities for active users who want to engage with the content and EUscreen’s core business: exploring Europe’s audiovisual history.”

— Eggo Müller, EUscreenXL Project Coordinator
“The EUscreen Network has been offering access to the highlights of Europe’s rich broadcasting history for several years.The redesign of the portal marks an impressive milestone of its activity. We hope that users enjoy the new features. We look forward to hearing their responses and further improving the site in the years to come”.

— Johan Oomen, EUscreenXL Technical Coordinator