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In September 2000 the project COLLATE (Collaboratory for Annotation, Indexing and Retrieval of Digitized Historical Archive Material) was initiated. It was the result of discussions between Fraunhofer IPSI and the Deutsches Filminstitut about a new form of access to and handling of film related documents. It was also an attempt to reconceptualize the relationship between archival and research work. COLLATE examined the conditions for using the net to solve old problems: How can archives use digital technologies to increase our mnemonic capacity? How might the new technologies support our aim to make our collections readily available to the public? And last but not least: How can we use the internet to facilitate and vitalise the interchange between archives and between archives and its scholarly users?


The two main issues of COLLATE were:


  • to implement a virtual library of film-related documents
  • to establish a virtual research centre (a so called “collaboratory”) in the domain film studies.


The content focus of the project was the analysis of film censorship in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. The case studies presented showed the multiple and inspiring opportunities which develop when firstly a comprehensive collection is made available to the public and secondly an international group of researchers uses collaborative tools to analyse it.


The project has been funded by the EU as part of the IST Program and ran until the end of November 2003. Participants were the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Frankfurt/Main), Filmarchiv Austria - FAA (Vienna) and Národní filmový archiv - , NFA (Prague) as well as the technology providers Fraunhofer / IPSI (Germany), Sword Information and Communication Centre, and Universitá degli Studi di Bari (both Italy). Since September 2000 the work in the COLLATE project has been continuously evaluated by Risø National Laboratory (Denmark).


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