The project CAPTCHA – Creative Approaches to Living Cultural Archives creates, via a Europe-wide exchange of experiences and the teamwork of media producers and scientists, the basis for a long-lasting collaborative cross-border project. The main focus is interactive work on a living and creative solution to uncomplicatedly present content that can easily be discovered.

Lead Partner

CORAX e.V. – Initiative für freies Radio (Germany)


Near Media Co-op (Ireland); Central European University – Kozep-europai Egyetem (Hungary); Freier Rundfunk Oberösterreich GmbH (Austria).

Funding Strand

Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation projects


Amount awarded: €154,440 (50% of the budget)
Project start date: 1 August 2013
Project end date: 1 August 2015

Producers, artists and scientists will develop a multimedia archiving tool with the aim of making this archive (and its cultural content) more accessible. Different methods of data visualisation will be tested (temporal via timelines and narrative presentations; spatial via geotagging and open-street-maps; semantic via time-layered maps), presenting a series of authentic video- and audio-productions.

The prototype will offer performers, multimedia producers and community media protagonists an incentive to present their productions creatively and generate interest in experiencing culture, past and present.

To guarantee successful implementation, the project partners will introduce the concept and results to cultural protagonists and public service broadcasters, discuss practical archiving solutions and qualitative aspects of editing and uploading, and exchange knowledge of legal issues that differ from country to country. Existing cross-border initiatives will be evaluated and the results presented via an interactive website and leaflets.

Volunteer participation is key to the project, and resources are available in print and online for the benefit of multimedia performers and people active in media of any kind who want to present their products. Project results will be disseminated widely via a printed series, press releases, social media and PR.


Near Media Co-op is a not-for-profit community media project across the north side of Dublin city. Near FM (on 90.3 FM) operates an open-access policy and runs at least two community radio courses a year. The station encourages groups to use community media as a tool in their development work and aims to reflect the issues, events and stories important in the local area. Near TV Productions is the community television arm. Volunteers produce content which is shown in the programmes section of our website and on Dublin Community Television Near TV also offers training to community groups and individuals in television production.

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