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Examples and References for TBM Use in HE

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Examples of Educational TBM Delivery and Use in UK HE/FE

The examples listed here are selected because they specifically aim to meet or include particular educational needs.

Lifesign: networked moving images for the Life Sciences

Lifesign developed, catalogued and evaluated the use of streaming media in learning and teaching in the broad life sciences over a period from 2000-2004. The service concept has been maintained through the Interactive Media Research Group at the University of Portsmouth who continue to support streaming media and podcast delivery as an ongoing service.


Formerly available This JISC project trialled alternative technologies for delivery of UK-HE licenced media content in simulated classroom environments.

Film and Sound Online

The Education Media OnLine service (EMOL) became Film and Sound Online on 1 September 2006. The Film and Sound Online collections contain several hundred hours of high-quality film, video and sound material. These materials include seventeen separate collections with contents ranging from archaeology to medical documentaries and classical music files. The materials are downloadable, either in full, or as segments, and can be used in learning, teaching and research. The service is available free of charge to UK Further and Higher Education Institutions.

British Film and Video Council (BUFVC) Databases

The BUFVC is a representative body which promotes the production, study and use of film and related media in higher and further education and research. Its data services include

  • The Moving Image Gateway collecting together websites that relate to moving images and sound and their use within higher and further education.
  • Newsfilm Online offering access to television news content to users throughout UK higher and further education.
  • British Universities Newsreel Database(BUND)documents over 170,000 individual stories from over seventy-five cinema newsreels and cinemagazines.
  • Researcher’s Guide Online has entries on almost 550 film, television, radio and related documentation collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT) is a comprehensive online listing of UK television and radio including terrestrial, cable and satellite television (with regional variations), all national and many local radio stations, Asian-language, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh channels and programmes.
  • HERMESprovides details of over 25,000 audio-visual programmes in distribution throughout the UK. Entries are also kept for a number of items of academic and historical interest which are currently out of distribution.
  • The TVTimes Project 1955-1985 provides unique online access to the listings of the London Edition of the TVTimes from September 1955 to March 1985.
  • This Week was a leading ITV current affairs series, running from January 1956 to December 1992. From 1978-1986 it was known as TVEye. The This Week database is a record of the entire production history of the series.
  • The Radio Research Database (RRDB) is hosted on behalf of Bournemouth University and aims to contain a record of all current radio-centred academic research in the UK.
  • An International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio

JISC-SURF Streamteam Projects

StreamTeam is the JISC-SURF Streaming community which aims to bring together experts from the UK and The Netherlands to explore the effective use of streaming media in higher education.

Click and Go Video

Produced 'Video Streaming: a guide for educational development' Sally Thornhill, Mireia Asensio, Clive Young (2002) ISBN 0 9543804-0-1 (Formerly available from ClickandGoVideo Project Website).

Screen Online

Screen Online aims to bring to life the history of British film and television for learners and tutors at all levels of formal and informal education.

The National Archives Learning Curve - Onfilm

The National Archives Learning Curve - Onfilm is a resource for teachers and learners where you can view clips from twentieth century films ranging from life in Britain to conflict in Vietnam.

Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes

Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes explores categorisation of educational podcasts suggesting one option as 'the Voice approach', in contrast to by media type or learning theory, with a view to extending purely technical views of podcasting potential within education. The project supports a special interest group for using podcasts in higher education.

ARCHES Project

The Arches project was funded by JISC as part of the x4l programme, and used UK LOM Core and VRA Core to develop a profile to service large numbers of visual resources including audio and video treated as learning objects.

Educational Moving Image and Sound Support Organisations


Developing Innovative Video Resources for Students Everywhere The DIVERSE community is a collection of technologists, educators and staff developers who share experience, insights and innovation through its annual conference, website and DVD conference proceedings. The focus is on developing alternative modes of learning and teaching to complement the asynchronous text-based formats that predominate within e-learning.

British Film and Video Council (BUFVC)

The BUFVC is a representative body which promotes the production, study and use of film and related media in higher and further education and research.

AHRC Centre for British Film and Television Study

Centre for British Film and Television Study works to enhance and extend the recent growth in high level academic research on British Film and Television.

Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)

The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a UK national service aiding the discovery, creation and preservation of digital resources in and for research, teaching and learning in the arts and humanities.

OpenCast Community

Berkeley's OpenCast Communityis centered around open, scalable, and sustainable podcast/webcast solutions and best practices for higher education linked to its OpenCast project to develop a podcast capture, post-processing, and distribution system to replace its antiquated system that will integrate current technological advancements such as Apple's Podcast Producer and existing academic community source frameworks such as Sakai.

Examples of Specialist Content Services

These represent wider use of TBM resources that are available for specialist purposes. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of Archives and Collections archives or known collections.


ARKive is the Noah's Ark for the Internet era for the archive.

BBC Motion Gallery

A UK education service delivering BBC content run by BBC Worldwide. Offers a useful example displaying technical production metadata mostly not shown in other services.


YouTube is a public user-oriented, searchable, sharable, online video deposit and delivery facility.

BBC radio

BBC Radio offers broadcast music streamed live and on demand to users.

British Library Sound Archives Collection

The catalogue to the National Sound Archive's collection has several main subject areas including Classical Music, Drama and Literature, International Music, Jazz, Oral History, Popular Music and Wildlife Sound. There is some interesting material on accents and dialects.

Other Archives and Collections

Quick reference to other Archives and Collections

Examples of Institutional Services

In house educational applications of TBM delivery.

College and University Media Gateways

are often provided as restricted access through VLE systems such as Blackboard. Examples cited in reports and conferences include those at Middlesborough College and the University of York or PATRON at the University of Surrey.


Project PATRON (Performing Arts Teaching Resources ONline) was designed to deliver digital audio, video, music scores and dance notation across a high speed network to the desktops of staff and students at the University of Surrey. Only available to authorised users.

The University of Southampton’s eMedia group

This service produces in house and provides licensed material using a wide range of media for Southampton and beyond. Equivalent services are often provided through media centres and e-learning support at many institutions.

Portsmouth Streaming Service

The Interactive Media Research Group at the University of Portsmouth continue to develop streaming media originally derived from the Lifesign concept.

Examples of Commercial Implementations of TBM Metadata


Omnibus provides interface screenshots to demonstrate of its TBM cotnetn management implementation for potential clients.

Reference Documents

Moving Pictures and Sound: Future Programme Collecting Requirements and Priorities

This study was commissioned by JISC in 2005 to investigate ‘the collecting requirements and priorities of a future moving picture and sound service ... [to] help inform the formulation of a strategy for the development of the Education Media Online Programme’. The report examines issues from the perspectives of an educator, a media producer and an IT consultant (Peter Phillips, Kerry Shephard, Denis Wong) to make recommendations on moving from a content-led agenda towards a user-led one, considering educational evaluation of material in the collection, and the value of delivering on-line rather than through other media.

Lifesign Metadata Scoping Reports

Kate Lloyd-Jones (2003)‘Issues & Metadata elements-full v1’ and 'Full Review v1’p8 with reference to:

Quality Assurance for Digital Learning Object Repositories: How should metadata be created?

Sarah Currier, Jane Barton (2003) ALT-C 2003 Research Proceedings, Communities of Practice, Sheffield, UK 8-10 Sept 2003, p130-142

Enhancing streaming video resources for the practitioner: metadata

Gayle Calverley, (2005) Vine 35(1/2) 78-84

From videocassette to video stream: issues involved in re-purposing an existing educational video

Shephard K, Ottewill R, Phillips P and Collier R (2003) ALT J 11 (2) 14-22

Accessing and Engaging with Video Streams for Educational Purposes: Experiences, Issues and Concerns

Bracher M, Collier R, Ottewill R and Shephard K (2005) ALT J

Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to eLearning

Allison Littlejohn ed. (2003) Kogan-Page

User Generated Content – TRIPLE L Project

Dr Jan T. Goldschmeding, VU University Amsterdam, Learning on Screen 2008, York National Science Learning Centre, University of York, 18-19 March 2008


“StreamTeam and RET” Jan T Goldschmeding StreamTeam 2008 held at DIVERSE 2008, Inholland university, Haarlem, NL, 1 July 2008. The requirement for translation of material was highlighted, noting services such as ATHENA Web which provide translation to English of deposited materials.

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