I-Media-Cities is a collaboration between 9 European film archives, 5 research institutions, 2 technological providers and a specialist in digital business models. The project aims to provide an e-environment that will give access to digitized audiovisual (AV) content about 9 important European cities (Brussels, Bologna, Barcelona, Athens, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Turin, Vienna and Frankfurt). The collections from the participating archives contain a treasure trove of films, photographs and documents (from the end of the 19th century up until the 1980s). They describe to us these cities in all aspects, including physical transformation and social dynamics. Because of this, this material can not only prove to be extremely valuable to researchers in different fields of study, but also to innovators or the public, who can put these images to use for a wide variety of creative purposes.
Involving research centers in this project allows the development of new research approaches in the use of audiovisual sources. These new approaches not only give researchers access to audiovisual material from different archives, but also allow them to add information to the content themselves and even to specific segments of the films.
At the end of the project, an interoperable and multilingual platform for digital content will have been established, accessible to a growing community of researchers and creatives from all across Europe. In this way, I-Media-Cities will be able to push the boundaries of what we can learn about cities, European history and identity through AV material.
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Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (coordinator), Consorzio Interuniversitario CINECA , Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, iMinds VZW, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Instituto Beni Cultural della Regione Emilia Romagna, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Associazione Urban Centro Metropolitano, Universitat de Barcelona, Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals – Filmoteca de Catalunya, Svenska Filminstitutet, Stockholms Universitet, Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Greek Film Archive, Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon, Det Danske Filminstitut, Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF