How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? How can (future) preservationists, curators and programmers be trained to achieve this goal? In May 2018, the EYE International Conference will explore answers to these and other questions, in a programme entitled Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.
ACE is pleased to announce that it is awarding four scholarships of 750 € each to the following selected participants to the 2018 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School in Bologna:
- Iga Harasimowicz, Warsaw, Poland
- Michal Fricman, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Tihomir Kashmicovski, Skopje, Macedonia
- Mafalda Melo, Lisbone, Portugal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen M. Harrington has taken over the directorship of the Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt am Main on January 1, 2018. Harrington, who studied Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, began working for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills in 1993, following positions in non-profit film programming and feature film development. She was Director of Exhibitions and Special Film Events and Founding Director of the Academy’s International Outreach Program. In 2013, with the green lighting of the Academy’s film museum, she became part of the planning team of that large-scale project, as its Director of Exhibitions and Collections. Since 2015, she has been responsible for developing and shaping the museum’s collections.
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.
In November 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.
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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
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 email@example.com
We 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.
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.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE
150 € (full price) and 50 € (discounted price for ACE members, FIAF members, students)
Since its adoption in 2011, the Cinematographic Works Standard EN 15907 (“CWS”) has framed the cataloguing of moving images and the development of a number of collection management applications for film archives. A growing number of film heritage institutions adopt and apply the EN 15907 structure in their software applications. The tag “EN 15907-compliant” has become a selling point for software vendors and developers in addressing the needs of film archives. The standard was realized in union catalogues and aggregation systems, such as filmarchives-online.eu and europeanfilmgateway.eu. More and more, it is becoming key to sharing cinematographic work-related data between institutions.
During the first five years of working with the CWS, practical experiences have been acquired, challenges for its implementation have been discovered, and open questions have, inevitably, popped up. A survey conducted for a presentation at the FIAF Symposium 2013 in Barcelona showed that three film heritage institutions in Europe had finished CWS implementation, and five institutions were about to implement it. Since then, no systematic evidence of CWS implementation in film archives has been gathered. Hence, it is now due time for review, and for discussing the next steps.
EN 15907 is a central reference for the new FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual (2016), which was created by the FIAF Cataloguing and Documentation Commission and the FIAF Cataloguing Rules Revision Working Group, and published in PDF and hard copy. The guidelines correspond closely with the EN 15907 structure and use associated terminology. Given this, the Manual serves as an important extension of EN 15907 by helping professionals create cataloguing or metadata records that will meet requirements of new database implementations and/or the adoption of new metadata standards.
With Linked Data concepts becoming more mature, new ways of storing and sharing data in film archives open up. Major aggregating initiatives, such as the European Film Gateway and Europeana are also undergoing rapid technological change, and strive for more effective ways to achieve semantic interoperability in the cultural heritage sector. At the same time, many film heritage institutions encounter technical and organizational challenges in adopting Linked Data concepts. The workshop will present the latest approaches and best practices concerning these concepts, and facilitate an open discussion on Linked Data in film archives.
The workshop addresses
– individuals responsible for collection management applications in film heritage institutions,
– cataloguers and filmographers and
– information professionals from related cultural and media heritage communities.
The workshop will take place in three sessions:
|Session 1||Wed 29 March 2017 Afternoon||EN 15907 in practice – Existing applications of the Cinematographic Works Standard in film archives. Experiences, issues, challenges and next steps|
|Session 2||Thu 30 March 2017 Morning||No archive left behind? – The situation in and needs of film archives that have not (yet) applied the CWS|
|Session 3||Thu 30 March 2017 Morning & early afternoon||New ways of managing, storing and sharing metadata in film archives: Linked Data, RDF and concepts beyond the Relational Database paradigm|
Organized by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) in co-operation with
Supported by the European Union
9 November 2016 – In 2012, the Orphan Works Directive has been adopted with the aim to unlock hundreds of thousands of objects preserved in Europe’s libraries, museums, archives and cinematheques, to digitse and publish them on portals like the European Film Gateway or Europeana. How has this objective been put into practise? The conference, jointly organised by FORWARD coordinator CINEMATEK and the Royal Library of Belgium, brings together professionals from the library and the audiovisual sector, policy makers and Commission’s representatives to discuss the impact of the Directive and how it has been transposed into national law.
In the afternoon, participants are invited to discover new orphan works tools: the FORWARD system to support the rights status assessment of audiovisual works, and the Royal Library’s orphan works database.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium
Date: 30th of November 2016, 9.30 – 16.30 h
You can access the programme and the registration form on the FORWARD website: http://tinyurl.com/z7oavr6
Registration is free of charge, but upon inscription. Please register before 25th of November.