The Eurovision Song Contest online archive, which hopes to collect copies of ever song performed at the contest, will open for testing in May before the 2014 edition of the contest.
The project is led by the EBU and Danish broadcaster DR, who will be asking for members of the EBU community to contribute to the effort by providing copyright guidance, and transferring digital copies of local versions of their final broadcast to the platform.
During the testing phase, professional users will be asked to provide feedback on the platform before full access is given to broadcasters and producers as the contest celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015.
Jeroen Depraetere, the project manager, has said that a substantial amount of work has already been done,
We have digitized what we had available in our archive in Geneva, but the job is far from complete…Our goal is to have at least one copy of the nearly 1,500 songs and interval acts that were performed during the Eurovision Song Contest’s history.
We are also hoping that the buzz the archive creates and the momentum of this year’s contest will lead us to the ESC ‘Holy Grail’ – the lost final broadcasts of the very first edition in 1956 and the lost edition of 1964.
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