I went to a meeting of the Online Film and Sound Working Group on 30th April.
The following items were discussed:
1) Film and Sound Online
JISC have agreed to fund this for free for another 2 years. Over the past year, there has been a doubling of content, and new subscribers are still coming on board. The metadata is also now available to Google and other search engines. Google-based queries will be monitored in order to see if this leads to an increase in usage.
2) BBC Motion Gallery
It is hoped that students will be able to use the clips from BBC Motion Gallery in showreels which can be used in CVs and non-University work, meaning that this resource can be made available on open networks. There would also be unlimited concurrency. The licence will also hopefully allow material to be put into JORUM.
3) Newsfilm Online
The content of this will be from the early 19th C to the near present, and includes ITN and Reuters content that has been rights-cleared. It will be able to be used in either Media Player or Quick Time at 710 kilobitz per sec. There will also be downloadable thumbnails of stills for a storyboard. This material can also be kept and reused. It is hoped that there will be something to see by October.