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Universal Images Group Awarded Contract by Encyclopaedia Britannica
Universal Images Group, the distribution business unit of the Virtual Picture Desk (VPD), has been awarded a contract by the Encyclopaedia Britannica to provide them with over two million images for their picture library which is required for their Britannica Image Explorer online subscription service. UIG, working under Britannica's editorial direction, is sourcing, selecting, editing, aggregating and reprocessing the images provided by multiple image providers to create an educational library. The source of the images include Amana in Japan, Bridgeman Art Library, De Agostini Editore, DK Images, Lebrecht Music & Art, Mondadori Electa, the National Geographic Society, the National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Nature Picture Library, News International, Oxford Scientific, Photo Researchers, the Science & Society Museum, Science Photo Library, The Granger Collection, and Wellcome Images. The library will also include content owned by Britannica.

"UIG has provided us with a unique library of content which is extensive in its coverage of subject matter. Schools, colleges, universities and public libraries can access this content online as an educational reference tool as part of our online subscription services," said Michael Ross, Senior Vice President of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "We were delighted that UIG is able to deliver the library on time, thus enabling us to meet our planned launch date."

The Britannica Image Explorer will enable students and teachers to find and incorporate high-quality photos and video into homework assignments, research projects and lesson plans. It will simplify the search for suitable images by providing access to millions of them in one place, along with reliable identifications, captions, sources and other data. The Web-based product will be available by subscription to schools and school districts beginning later this month in the USA and will be launched internationally during the 1st quarter of 2011.

45th Anniversary of Moon Landing
Vintage footage of Apollo 11 making first arrival on another world.

Mysterious Hole Appears in Siberia
Aerial footage of a strange hole near a road that is approximately 260 feet across.

Pond5 Raises $61 Million From Accel Partners and Stripes Group
Marketplace for video footage and stock media aims for international growth.

Rare WW1 Footage Found by Collector
Film of giant guns and use of morse code for target spotting seen for first time in 100years.

Doctor Who Footage Leaked Online
Film material appears on web before new series begins on August 23rd.

Judges Annnounced for Still/Moving Film Festival 20th - 28th September 2014
DSLR films welcomed for new Brixton event.

Great Britain Yacht Nearly Overturned
Vessel in dramatic knockdown by tornado in Clipper Race.

Huntley Film Archives Adds More Content
Specialist in historical clips continues to add films to its online database.

Amnesty International Creates Amateur Footage Validation Tool
New project intended to enable verification of non-professional video.

Amateur Footage of Barcelona Airliner Near Miss
Jet crossed runway while other plane was trying to land.

Multi-Award Winning Wildlife Evolution Series Returns
Life Force 2 co-produced by nature specialist NHNZ.

Global ImageWorks Celebrates America
Participate in Independence Day by time travelling through America.

Framepool Releases Animals on Blue
Many animals shot against a blue background in 2K for composite shots.

Surfers Accused of Harassing Whale
Aerial footage of Australian surfers around large cetacean.

Library of Congress Acquires African-American Oral History Video Collection
Important archive The Historymakers preserved for future.

Call For Submissions STILL / MOVING DSLR Film Festival
Photofusion is looking for new films made with DSLRs for September event.

BBC To Share Footage Of Commonwealth Games With Other UK Broadcasters
90 second clips able to be used by non-rights-holders for websites, mobile websites and mobile apps.

StormStock Captures Dramatic New Storm Footage on 5K
New storm images including giant hailstones.

GoPro Camera Survives Grizzly Bear Bite
Wildlife photographer finds footage from camera that was crunched.

Huntley Film Archives Running The Practice of Film Archiving Course
Three-day hands-on course for footage researchers in September.

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