Sep 082010

In early 2011, we will launch the first release of JISC MediaHub as a new multimedia service offering a wealth of digital image, film and sound collections accessible from a single interface.  The new service will offer access to free-at-the-point-of-use images, film and sound content licensed for educational and research use, an easy-to-use interface, cross-searching across all the collections and the ability to source content from a wide range of content-providers through a thumbnail and metadata search portal.

Available via institutional subscription, the new service will include paid-for and free content:


The Digital Images for Education collections, –  over 500 hours of film and 56,000 images from 11 collections, capturing local, UK and world history during the last 25 years. Films include footage from Gorbachev’s accession to power in the Soviet Union in 1985 to the financial crisis of 2009, powerful raw footage of the 9/11 attacks as well as coverage of key issues such as deforestation and global warming.  Photographs from a wide variety of providers range from 19th-century life in the Scottish Highlands to contemporary youth culture.

Moving image collections:

  • ITN
  • Associated Press (AP)
  • Getty Images

Still-image collections:

  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Getty Images
  • GovEd
  • Imperial War Museum
  • North Highland Collecge
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • University of Brighton

The former Film & Sound Online collections –  Some 2,000 film and sound files from the 17 collections, for education and research, covering  a broad range of subjects, from medicine and the life sciences through archaeology, media studies, performing arts and music to philosophy, history and the social sciences. There is also a significant classical music audio collection:

  • Amber Films
  • Anglia Television Library
  • Biochemical Society
  • Culverhouse Classical Music
  • Digital Himalaya
  • Educational and Television Films (ETV)
  • Films of Scotland
  • Healthcare Productions
  • Imperial War Musuem
  • IWF Knowledge & Media GmbH
  • Logic Lane
  • Performance Shakespeare
  • Royal Mail Film Classics
  • St George’s Hospital Medical School
  • Sheffield University Learning Media Unit
  • The Trials of Alger Hiss (1980)
  • Wellcome Film

For more detail:

Free (until at least July 2012)

ITN NewsFilm Online (formerly the NewsFilm Online service) –  3,000 hours of news stories and cinema newsreels taken from the ITN/ Reuters archive.  Over 60,000 clips are available covering significant historical events that shaped the 20th and 21st century such as the Crystal Palace fire, the first interview with Nelson Mandela, and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

For more detail:

External collections (formerly the VSM Portal Demonstrator Project) –
We hope to open discussions with existing providers to the VSM portal regarding the future. Whatever the outcome, the difference between paid and free services will remain the same.
For more detail:

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