MIDAS - Moving Image Database for Access and Re-use of European film collections
The MIDAS project aims at addressing effectively one of the bottlenecks blocking the full development of an efficient European distribution – for commercial and cultural purposes – of EU archival materials having historical and cultural value. This bottleneck, on which there is a vast consensus of a wide spectrum of stakeholders, consists in the complex, time consuming and costly process of locating archival materials across European collections, and identifying the copyright owners.
The project addresses this issue by establishing technical solutions apt to making possible the search and retrieval of archival materials held in a number of collections across Europe by centralising the process of search and retrieval, and by overcoming the language barrier. Search results will provide available information about existence of the materials, their location, contact information of the collections, and copyright.
The pilot project is designed as a proof of concept, and an operating application which will give access to at least five collections in four EU countries, with four different languages.
The MIDAS project is part of the Media Plus programme of the European Union and contributes to the specific objectives of the Networked Databases priority in the Pilot Project scheme.
Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF (Frankfurt)
Narodni Filmovy Archiv (Prague)
British Film Institute (London)
Cineteca di Bologna
DEFA Stiftung (Berlin)
The second year of MIDAS will start on January 15, 2007. Then, 11 new partners will join the consortium:
Cinématheque Royale de Belgique
Tainiothiki tis Ellados
Fondazione Cineteca Italiana
IWF Knowledge and Media
Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum
La Cineteca del Friuli
For more information, go to the project´s website: http://www.filmarchives-online.eu/