Archive for the 'Collections' Category

National Film Board of Canada puts 50 classic shorts online

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Via “The National Film Board of Canada has put 50 of their brilliant animated short films on line for free viewing. The collection spans 60 years and includes Norman Mclaren’s groundbreaking experimental films from the 1950s and some of the most hilarious cartoons ever created (personal favorite, Richard Condie’s The Big Snit). The collection [...]

Wikinews interviews Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Wikinews has an interview with Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive. Two quotes are especially interesting: “We want people to make full use of this content, whether they cut and paste it or whether they share it, and we completely accept that we’ve got a bit of a contradiction at the moment by saying [...]

Brazil’s Radiobrás to open archives

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

The NYT reports: “On Saturday Brazil’s government announced that Radiobrás, its official news agency, would make its archives and all its future reporting available under a Creative Commons license. The site housing the collection, which includes 150,000 photographs, was designed with free open-source software.”

Keeping up with the BBC: Archives Pour Tous

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

The INA is setting a new standard for making television archives publicly accessible. From the IHT: One of the world’s leaders in digital audio and video has opened up its vault to the public, putting thousands of hours of radio and television recordings on the Internet for free. Historic footage of Charles de Gaulle, Marc [...]

NHK to put entire archive online?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

From The Daily Yomiuri: The entire NHK archive of more than 550,000 television programs should be made available on the Internet, an advisory panel for Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Heizo Takenaka agreed last week, prior to a final report to be announced later this month. To achieve this goal, the ministry should lift the [...]

Catalog of nearly 1 million BBC programs online

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Catalog of nearly 1 million BBC programs online: Cory Doctorow: The BBC has posted an online interface into catalog of 946,614 BBC radio & TV programmes, dating back 75 years — searchable by category, cast and crew. This is a treasure-trove of data. Link to catalog, Link to Tom Loosemore’s commentary (via Ben Hammersley)

1960s Sci-fi Collections

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

We Make Money Not Art links to two collections of clips from television sci-fi series made in the 1960s. The collection of clips from UFO has a discussion of futuristic fashions is particularly good. The collection of Ultraman clips is marred by YouTube’s giant logo. These images of the future provide a fantastic view into [...]

UbuWeb, a Cool Archive with an Orphan Works Policy

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Cinema Minima is pointing to UbuWeb, an archive of high end avant-garde arts and culture sound and video recordings maintained by volunteers that has been going since 1996. Their index of artists is quite impressive. Haven’t had time to watch much yet, but their approach to orphan works really caught my eye: “If it’s out [...]

Civil Rights Television News Archive (Wow!)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

This archive of civil rights-related television news is the most interesting and disturbing television news collection online that I’ve seen so far. William Thomas, who put the collection together, writes: The footage is the only remaining footage from stations in Virginia from the 50s and 60s. Thankfully, we do have some great footage from the [...]

Vimeo: FlickR for Video

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

It’s frustrating and lame to always explain the new in terms of the old, but FlickR for video is the easiest way to describe Vimeo. They have a ways to go in implementing all of their ideas, but the site is suggestive of some of the possibilities of sharing large collections of video clips, and [...]

State of the C-SPAN Archives

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Matthew May urges the administration at Purdue University to bring the C-SPAN archives back on campus in this editorial in the campus paper. It follows a similar piece that appeared last month. While the state of the C-SPAN archives is important, the fight over how to manage and fund them speaks to the challenge archivists [...]

Archive of Presidential Campaign Commercials

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

It’s been up for a while, but the American Museum of the Moving Image’s collection of presidential campaign commercials, The Living Room Candidate, is a great example of the kind of archival television service useful for students, historians, and scholars. There’s a discussion of the relevant copyright issues at Ernie Miller’s site.

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting