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BFI's Britain on Film Crowdsourcing Platform Goes Live




The BFI’s Britain on Film was a project to digitise 10,000 archive films from the BFI National Archive and the UK’s regional and national film archives, and make those available online for free. Additionally, the project aimed to geotag the films and create a web interface to let users navigate and search by geolocation.

You can see that interface on the BFIPlayer: https://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film/map

Since that project completed that first phase, they have been working on a crowdsourcing platform, to let users add pins to the map at scene level (previously they addressed entire film level only), and go deeper (previously they stopped at the Ordnance Survey’s town / village / settlement level, not going down to street).

That platform has taken quite a while to develop - turns out it’s quite complex to make an easy-to-use application to define a scene in a film, find a place on a map, drop a pin, and continue with more scenes.

It’s now live, at https://contribute.bfi.org.uk/

It was built by SciFabric, using their Pybossa platform which also was used for the British Museum’s amazing MicroPasts project.

Website: www.bfi.org.uk

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