Archived film footage available

Millions of Archived Films and TV Footage Now Accessible to All
Royal Holloway, University of London (06/21/2011)

A new search engine developed by Royal Holloway, University of London, and the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) will make it easier for users to find film, TV, and radio content online.

Such content is usually made available as standalone collections, which requires users to know where to look before they begin their search. However, the BUFVC federated search engine is designed to serve as an all-in-one tool for accessing nine online databases with more than 13 million film, TV, and radio records.

The icon-based search engine generates related records and searches and provides a detailed user history and export function. Film, TV, and radio content is an underused resource in teaching and research, says Royal Holloway professor John Ellis.

“Educators are keen to use them, but experience many problems in locating useful resources,” Ellis says. “This unified search of all BUFVC’s existing databases solves this by providing a thoroughly tested user friendly interface with many novel features.”

The search engine will be released under an open source license this summer.