VidLink's Second Layer: Your archive's showcase


Vidlink’s second layer: Your archive’s showcase

 The source materials of a documentary consists of endless hours of original footage. Careful editing choices leave only minutes for the general public to see. Vidlink invites users who crave more to explore the full breadth of archival source material.

Vidlink is a tablet-first cultural storytelling platform. It allows you to include bonus video clips, photographs and audio recordings in a visually striking, user friendly way.

The award-winning Vidlink platform was originally developed for the NTR series Na de Bevrijding. In the context of the Europeana Awareness project, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Videodock now make Vidlink freely available for  selected broadcasters.

We invite you to create an open portal for your web users, enriched with the breadth of Europe’s cultural institutions - all  connected through the online platform Europeana.

The promise of Vidlink

Vidlink is a tablet-first web application. Built on HTLM5, it is designed as a timeline that allows users to dig deeper into the rich source materials used in the final version.

Users can shuttle back and forth between the timeline of the television broadcast and the second layer of source materials.

Vidlink’s back-end is editor-friendly and requires a minimal set-up. Time cues, file locations and descriptions are quickly edited in a shared spreadsheet. Our technical partners link the programme fragments to the archival sources.

This low-friction mechanism allows web editors to quickly make changes to the desired length and visibility of the archive clips.

VidLink for you

By making use of Vidlink, you and your institution offer audiences a richer experience. Vidlink gives your archive materials a renewed purpose and links it to Europe’s wider cultural heritage. Viewers can rediscover content at their own pace and access original sources digitally.

Much effort has been placed on ease of use for both younger and elderly audiences. The webapp is therefore suitable for educational as well as leisurely uses. Source content is made more appealing to schools, cultural institutions and home users.

If you are interested in learning more, or have questions about what programmes might be useful, do not hesitate to contact:

Erwin Verbruggen

Gregory Markus

+31 35 677 16 91

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision


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