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2000th video on Open Images

With a video on the opening of the Zuid-Beveland railway from 1927 there are now 2000 videos on Open Images. Since the last milestone of 1500 videos some beautiful videos have been added. From the collection of Sound and Vision several videos form the Polygoon archives with themes like women, shipping, typical Dutch, pets, health and care, Hilversum and railways were added. A good example is a video on ms. Versluys, who was the first female pilot to receive her Dutch pilot license in 1930:

Besides videos from the Polygoon archives, there were also videos added from the collection of educational films from Sound and Vision. These films were produced mid-twentieth century by the Stichting Nederlandse Onderwijsfilms (Foundation of Ducth Educational Films). One of the films from the collection is Giethoorn, suitable for geography lessons:

Among the new videos there were also some not from the Sound and Vision archives. For example, Eye Film Institute Netherlands added a number of films from their Bits and Pieces collection. These videos were also the base for the remix contest Celluloid Remix 2: Found Footage. The contest challenged creative persons to work with a.o. the material on Open Images to make new videos. In the winning video, Untitled by Dániel Szöllösi, a number of smartphones are used:

Besides Eye Film Institute Netherlands the Netherlands Media Art Institute also contributed to Open Images. In their own portal various videos on media art can be found, for example The Unified Field van Peter Bogers:

Because of the open licenses of the videos and data on Open Images, they could be used for several projects. During the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam the videos were used for Docs on the Spot. With the Docs on the Spot app visitors could experience the documentary Omzwervingen in de nacht (Marjoleine Boonstra, 2004) on location in a new way. Via Open Images this experience was enriched with images from the past. In January Glimworm won the Apps for the Netherlands competition using the data and videos from Open Images in their Vistory app.

The visibility of the videos from Open Images on the internet has also increased. For example, the Sound and Vision set from Open Images was added to the digital library Europeana. On Wikipedia the videos are used to provide visual images to more than 1,100 entries, not only on the Dutch Wikipedia, but also on more than 60 other language version of Wikipedia. These entries are viewed more than 2,5 million times a month.