i-media-cities is the result of an ambitious and innovative research project, funded by the European Union. It was a collaboration between 9 film archives, 6 research institutions, 2 large digital expert centers and an expert in business models, with the aim to develop a new platform that provides access to historically unique digital films and photos of European cities.
The goals of the project were to discover new approaches to perform research on this digital content, improving overall accessibility of European cultural heritage, and stimulating collaborations between archives and researchers.
i-media-cities strived to be a cross-border, cross-language platform for the study of the history and urban development of large EU cities through large media collections, which were previously not accessible. It also stimulated the study of the history of media through the way they depicted urban spaces
The project started in april 2016 and lasted for three years, at the end of which this platform was born. i-media-cities is currently operated by a Consortium of 11 film archives and research partners.