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New website

Because ACE had to close down the secretariat in Frankfurt it became necessary to move the ACE website to a new home from DIF’s servers. Since the website was running some really old software it also needed a technical overhaul.

This website is now hosted on a server in Amazon’s cloud and sports a new layout which is responsive so it should work nicely on mobile devices too.

The content is the same with only some minor corrections. Once we’re running in full speed we hope to add some new stuff – especially preparing for the GA in Bologna. That is set to take place on 27 June at 2 p.m., save the date!

Reports on any anomalies of the new site are welcome. Please send any comments via email to me at mikko.kuutti@kavi.fi.

HORIZON 2020 – Open calls related to culture and cultural heritage

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The EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 has published several calls addressing cultural heritage and the creative sector:

Deadline 13 March 2018

Curation of digital assets and advanced digitization
Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries and the arts
Social platform on endangered cultural heritage and on illicit trafficking of cultural goods

Deadline 14 March 2019

Collaborative approaches to cultural heritage for social cohesion
Digitization, Digital Single Market and European culture: new challenges for creativity, intellectual property rights and copyright
Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism
The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe

Get in touch with your National Contact Point for further information.

New Study on Access to Film Works for Education and Research

In NoAcces_FHI worksvember 2016 the European Audiovisual Observatory has carried out a survey among the members of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes. The objective was to assess the access to the film works in their collections in the context of education and research. 32 ACE members replied to the survey, representing over 1.1million film works.

The  study “Access to film works in the collections of Film Heritage Institutions in the context of education and research” was part of a research project supported by the European Commission.” It can be downloaded HERE.

ACE workshop “Collection Management Systems in the 21th Century”, Bologna, 27/06/2017

Following the success of the joint FIAF/ACE Workshop “Metadata Management in Film Archives: Putting the Cinematographic Works Standard EN 15907 to use and introducing the new FIAF Cataloguing Manual” (ZEM Potsdam, March 29-30, 2017), it was very clear that most film archives share a set of questions and problems that are worth discussing as a community.
The ACE Workshop traditionally organized in Bologna is the perfect occasion to continue this discussion and to delve deeper into some of the issues:
For many decades, the range of choices was limited: film archives’ databases were all more or less relational databases, simple, basic tools developed painfully for years… Metadata rules were simple, we just followed the FIAF’s Cataloguing Rules. If your archive was big and rich, there was one collection management software available for purchase, used everywhere… But now, all this is gone, leaving film archives with more questions and fewer answers …. What should a management tool for film and non-film collections look like in the 21st century? What should it be able to do? Shouldn’t we, as a community, find a way to create the tools we need?

Date: Tuesday, 27/06/2017, 9:30-12:30h

Venue: MAMbo (Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna), via Don Minzoni, 14

Registration: Attendance is to the workshop is free, but places are limited. Please register HERE

Workshop Programme  (pdf)

9:30
“Extending the FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual and FIAF Glossaries using LoD”
The FIAF Cataloguing and Documentation Commission has set up a Task Force to define and deliver an agenda to augment and extend the FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual with Linked Open Data resources, and to transform the FIAF Glossaries to LoD. What are the objectives and where will the task force go from here?
Stephen McConnachie (BFI), presented by Anna Fiaccarini  (Cinteca di Bologna) and Bram Biesbrouck (Cinémathèque royale de Belgique) –  Presentation (pdf)

10:00
“Collection management tools for non-film collections”
How do archives currently store, archive and annotate non-film objects like magazines, pictures, clothing, objects, etc? How is the metadata managed? Is it linked to the film collection(s)? What kind of tools do we need?
Anna Fiaccarini (Cineteca di Bologna)  –  Presentation (pdf)

10:30
“Practical introduction to LOD and how to apply it to film archives”
Everybody is talking about LOD, but what is it exactly and how can it be used by Film archives? What’s the big difference with relational databases? What are the advantages of
linking to internal and external ontologies? An example of its application is the CRB new collection management for film and non-film, including long term digital preservation.
Bram Biesbrouck and Bruno Mestdagh (Cinémathèque royale de Belgique)

11:00
Coffee Break

11:30
“A community-based approach, and benefits of sharing knowledge and development. Is this the way to go for our community of film archives?”

For years, archives have been developing solutions to manage their film and non-film collections, each one separately from all colleagues. Shouldn’t we change our approach and combine forces to create  tools that are designed for and by the community?
Nacho Lahoz Rodrigo (IVAC), Nicola Mazzanti (ACE, CRB) – Presentation (pdf)

12:00
Wrap-up

Attendance is to the workshop is free, but places are limited. Please register for the workshop via: https://tinyurl.com/yaskrjvo or send an email to ace@deutsches-filminstitut.de

 

Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017

23 intestazioneeng_smallMay 2017 –  Il Cinema Ritrovato is one of the world’s major festivals of film restoration and definitely one of the major highlights in a cinephile’s world. The 29th edition presents 500 films from 65 archives, newly restored copies of well-known classics, but also rediscovered rare films: in the traditional “Recovered and Restored” section, at evening events at the Piazza Maggiore (don’t miss  “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) by John Badham and “Let’s Get Lost”, Bruce Weber’s portrait of Chet Baker), in programmes dedicated to Robert Mitchum, Jean Vigo, Carl Laemmle jr, postwar German director Helmut Käutner and Augusto Genina, one of the most cosmopolitan directors of Italian film history. And there is much more to discover and re-discover. Buena visione!  Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, 24 June -2 July 2017.
https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/

 

Final programme for the “Metadata Management in Film Archives” workshop

Metadata-Management-in-Film-Archives_v4_440x200We are pleased to announce the final programme for the workshop “Metadata Management in Film Archives – Putting the Cinematographic Works Standard EN 15907 to use and introducing the new FIAF Cataloguing Manual”. It will be held at the ZEM in Potsdam,  29-30 March 2017.

You can register for the workshop and acces the programme HERE

Main objectives of the 2-days workshop are to:

  • share the practical experience of film archives that are already working with the Cinematographic Works Standard. What are the difficulties in adopting it and how can they be solved?
  • understand the needs of film archives that have not yet implemented the standard
  • introduce the FIAF Moving Image Cataloging Manual, which helps professionals to create better cataloguing and metadata records
  • discuss new concepts of managing, storing and sharing metadata in film archives, such as linked data and RDF

The workshop addresses individuals responsible for collection management applications in film heritage institutions, cataloguers and filmographers as well as information professionals from related cultural and media heritage communities.

 

 

 

Call for Presentations: Metadata Management for Film Archives

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Putting the „Cinematographic Works Standard“ EN 15907 to use and introducing the new FIAF Cataloguing Manual. 

A joint workshop by the Association des Cinémathèques Europénnes (ACE) and the FIAF Cataloguing and Documentation Commission, 29-30 March 2017, Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZEM), Potsdam.

The workshop will take place in three sessions. Applications for presentations should address the following (or other relevant) questions:

Session 1: EN 15907 in practice: Existing applications of the Cinematographic Works Standard in film archives. Experiences, issues, challenges and next steps

What is your experience with the CWS? In which ways do you use it in your work environment? Which issues and challenges have occurred, and how do you deal with them? How do you deal with issues such as the optional parts of the standard, especially the Variant entity?

Session 2: No archive left behind? – The situation in and needs of film archives that have not (yet) applied the CWS

What are the reasons for not, or not yet, introducing the standard in your institution? What is the situation concerning metadata management in your archive, and which challenges do you face? What are your plans concerning metadata management and EN 15907 in the future? In which ways can resources be pooled to achieve progress?

Session 3: New ways of managing, storing and sharing metadata in film archives: Linked Data, RDF and concepts beyond the Relational Database paradigm

Do you have examples of projects and applications using Linked Data concepts with the CWS or film-related information? What are your experiences? What are the challenges and the possibilities for managing and sharing of film-related metadata? What is your vision of future cinematographic metadata aggregation? Do you have concrete plans to go Linked (Open) Data ?

To take part in the selection process, participants should send:

  • Title of the proposal
  • Author(s)
  • Institution
  • E-Mail address
  • Preferred session (1, 2, or 3)
  • Abstract (300-500 words)

Please send proposals via e-mail to: eckes@deutsches-filminstitut.de

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated and selected by: Laurent Bismuth (CNC, Paris), Georg Eckes (Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt), Adelheid Heftberger (Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaft, Potsdam), Nacho Lahoz (CulturArts Generalitat, Valencia), Nicola Mazzanti (ACE President, Cinémathèque royale de Belgique) and Thelma Ross (The Museum of Modern Art, New York).

Presentation format: Oral presentations should last 20 minutes maximum, followed by discussion.

Practical information: The participation fee is waived for speakers. Speakers’ travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 February 2017.

Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2017

New ACE Executive Committee Elected

30 June 2016 – Yesterday, the ACE General Assembly has elected a new Executive Committee for the term 2016-2018. The nine members are: Michal Bregant, Národní  filmový archiv/ National Film Archive (Prague), Mariona Bruzzo Llaberia, Filmoteca Catalunya (Barcelona), Thomas C. Christensen, Det Danske Filminstitut (Copenhagen), Sandra den Hamer, EYE Film Instituut Nederland (Amsterdam), Georg Eckes, Deutsches Filminstitut (Frankfurt), Anna Fiaccarini, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), Mikko Kuutti, Kansalinnen audiovisuaalinen instituutti/National Audiovisual Institute (Helsinki), Juan Ignacio Lahoz Rodrigo, CulturArts – IVAC (Valencia), Nicola Mazzanti, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief (Brussels). 

The Executive Committee appointed Nicola Mazzanti President, Mikko Kuutti Secretary General and Sandra den Hamer Treasuer of ACE.

ABCinema / ACE workshop on film literacy, Bologna, 29 June 2016

23 June 2016 – Raising passionate love for cinema and understanding why it needs to be preserved for  future generations has always been at the heart of cinematheques’ activities. That’s why the 6th edition of the ACE workshop series “Management strategies for film archives in the digital era”, jointly organized with the ABCinema project, is dedicated to new approaches in film literacy.  
With the collaboration of the European Commission, AbCinema project partners (cinematheques and film education associations) and external experts we will present best practices from the project, discuss the role of film education at film heritage institutions,and try to find a common approach to some basical questions: What is our understanding of film literacy? What is our level of expertise? What are our aims and needs? How do we position ourselves among different players and concepts? How do we want to shape the discussion on film literacy on a European level?

ACE /ABCinema workshop programme

Time & location: 29 June, 2:30 – 6:45pm, Sala Gino Cervi, Via Riva di Reno 72, 

Attendance at the workshop is by registration only. Available places are limited, so preference will be given to members of ACE. For more information and to register, please contact:
ace.brussels@cinematek.be

The Value(s) of Film Heritage – European Film Forum, Bologna, 30 June

26 June 2016 – This year, the European Film Forum (EFF) will take place during Il Cinema Ritrovato, the perfect location to discuss the values of film heritage and how to preserve, disseminate and exploit it. The forum brings together film archivsts, film makers, representatives from funding agencies and the film industry. It is organised by Creative Europe – Media in cooperation with ACE and Cineteca die Bologna.

The European Film Forum (EFF) was created by the European Commission in 2014 to facilitate a structured dialogue between the Commission, Member States and stakeholders in the European audiovisual sector. Its objective is to develop a strategic policy agenda, opening new perspectives and horizons for European cinema in the midst of new digital challenges.

The value(s) of film heritage – programme