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The MediaDNA project investigates emerging video tracing and tracking technologies and their potential use in Digital Humanities research to foster the public use of digitized audio-visual material.

On a symposium at Sound and Vision in October 2017, experts met to discuss the possibilities of using fingerprinting and video tracking technologies for Digital Humanities research and for research into the circulation and appropriation of digital audiovisual heritage in particular. The aim is to get a better view on divers existing technologies that are so far used mainly in the context of security and copyright questions.

The MediaDNA network aims to stimulate future research in this area to answer questions such as: How can Digital Humanities researchers adapt state of the art fingerprinting and video tracking technologies for their critical research? How do strategies of curation shape the appropriation of digitized heritage? What new perspectives on European history and identity do digital curations and appropriations of audiovisual heritage create? How can audiovisual archives better foster the re-use of Europe’s audiovisual heritage?

The project is granted by the DARIAH-EU Theme 2016 “Public Humanities”. DARIAH-EU infrastructure is an open platform bringing together digital arts and humanities initiatives that use open standards and policies.

Project partners

  • Sound and Vision (coordinator)
  • Centre for Television in Transition, Utrecht University
  • HUMlab, Digital Humanities at the Department of Culture and Media, Umeå University
  • Institute of Contemporary History (USD) at the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Prague
  • Digital History Lab at the University of Luxembourg
  • EUROPEANA Foundation
  • EUscreen Foundation