Critical Reflections on Cinema Belgica: The Database for New Cinema History in Belgium

Vincent Ducatteeuw, Daniel Biltereyst, Philippe Meers, Christophe Verbruggen, Dries Moreels, Julia Noordegraaf, Sally Chambers, Pieterjan De Potter, Tamar Cachet, Nicolas Franck, Florian Deroo

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Abstract

New Cinema History broadened film studies by emphasising the complexity of cinema as a multifaceted phenomenon that includes the socio-economic context in which films were made, circulated, shown and received. As part of the digital turn, the discipline adopted computational methods and created quantitative research data to research this socio-economic context at scale. However, not all datasets created in this context adhere to FAIR principles, decreasing their reusability. By reconciling 14 cinema-related datasets, Cinema Belgica facilitates research into the history of Belgian cinema. This research paper documents and critically reflects on the choices made when selecting, modelling and reconciling information for the Cinema Belgica database.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Open Humanities Data
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Cinema Belgica would like to thank Liesbet Depauw, Daniel Biltereyst, Tim De Canck, Kathleen Lotze, Philippe Meers, Liesbeth Van de Vijver, Khaël Velders, Miro Burgelman, Bram Van Beek, Gertjan Willems, Vitus Sproten and the Zentrum für Ostbelgische Geschichte (ZOG) for providing their research data. This project would not have been feasible without their cooperation. We are also grateful to the colleagues of Cinema Context, who collaborated with us and assisted with the Cinema Context data model. We would like to thank Salma Mediavilla Aboulaoula, Emmanuel Vermeire, Marthe Waegeman, Sara Van Den Berghe, Jari Goerlandt, and Amandine Warrens for their assistance in data reconciliation. We thank KADOC, Ghent University Library, and Ghent Archives for their willingness to contribute digitised film history to Cinema Belgica. We would like to thank Frederic Lamsens (GhentCDH) for creating the Cinema Belgica public website. Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the three anonymous reviewers for their insightful feedback. Cinema Belgica is the result of Cinema Ecosystem (CINECOS), a 2018 interuniversity infrastructure project launched by Ghent University, the University of Antwerp, and the University of Amsterdam. CINECOS was funded by a Hercules grant from the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO): AUGE/17/25 (I005818N). Cinema Belgica's public data platform is based on TripleHop, which was funded by DARIAH-VL: Virtual Research Environment Service Infrastructure (FWO - Hercules grant: G0H3717N) and CLARIAH-VL: Open Humanities Service Infrastructure (FWO - International Research Infrastructures (IRI) Programme: I001419N & I000921N).

Funding Information:
Cinema Belgica is the result of Cinema Ecosystem (CINECOS), a 2018 interuniversity infrastructure project launched by Ghent University, the University of Antwerp, and the University of Amsterdam. CINECOS was funded by a Hercules grant from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO): AUGE/17/25 (I005818N). Cinema Belgica’s public data platform is based on TripleHop, which was funded by DARIAH-VL: Virtual Research Environment Service Infrastructure (FWO – Hercules grant: G0H3717N) and CLARIAH-VL: Open Humanities Service Infrastructure (FWO – International Research Infrastructures (IRI) Programme: I001419N & I000921N).

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© 2023 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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