Web media

Ina handles part of the legal deposit of Web media, corresponding to its activity of archiving productions from the audiovisual communications sector. Today, the everyday reception and preservation of French Web media concerns websites as well as social media and video accounts, a total of 34,000 web media sources.

Why archive the Web?

The French law of 1 August 2006 on Authors’ and related rights in the information society (DADVSI), for which implementing decrees were published in December 2011, introduced a legal deposit for the Internet. This legal basis outlined the task entrusted to Ina and France’s national library, the BnF concerning the archiving of Internet documents.

The law was introduced in response to the growing importance of digital media in people’s everyday lives, and to the new means of media distribution, which oblige heritage institutions to invent tools that will keep a trace of these media for the future.

34 000 web sources preserved

Today, over 14 000 websites are preserved at Ina as part of the Internet legal deposit. The frequency and amount of information collection is adapted in accordance with the updates and size of each website. The constantly changing, reactive nature of the media necessarily requires assiduous forward-looking to keep up to date and enrich the scope of the archived websites in the continuity and consistency of Ina’s collections.

In line with the evolution of Internet publications, collection and preservation have been extended to text and video publications of 20,000 media-related user accounts from social media and video publication platforms, such as Twitter, Youtube and Dailymotion, as well as a continuous stream of 30 web radios and over 300 hashtags.

Since January 2009, new items that track site update strategies closely have been added to the archive of French websites in the audiovisual communications sector. Cooperation with the American foundation Internet Archive, a pioneer in Web conservation, has enabled Ina to complete its collections, which now date back to 1996.

Which websites are preserved?

Ina preserves French media websites:

  • websites produced by audiovisual media departments (public and private channels), including On-Demand media
  • Web TV and Web radios
  • websites devoted mainly to radio and television programmes 
    (sites devoted to regular programmes, series, and fan sites)
  • websites produced by professional and institutional bodies in the audiovisual communications sector

Ina is also a member of the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium), founded in 2003 to share the best practices of Web archiving and to encourage international cooperation between players active in this area, which remains experimental. IIPC members included national archives and national, regional and university libraries in 25 countries

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Over 400,000 video clips and Ina creations are accessible free of charge on your computer, your tablet or your smartphone on ina.fr, Ina’s general public digital platform.

  • A wide range of open-access audiovisual and web creations 
  • All the modules produced by Ina for the franceinfo channel, France’s leading public service digital news website
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With Ina PREMIUM, the first video-on-demand service available by public audiovisual subscription, you have unlimited access to over 30,000 original programmes

  • 5,000 series and fictional programmes
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View, select and order on line our images and sounds on Ina MEDIAPRO, Ina’s online digital platform especially designed for audiovisual and communication professionals.

  • Over 1,640,000 hours of digitised radio and television programmes
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News on the creative industries and information networks in the digital revolution era: our online review Ina GLOBAL decodes the media world for you.

  • Over 300 international contributors
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Find training in audiovisual and new media-related jobs and professions with Ina, which offers a comprehensive range of higher education and professional training courses.

  • 15 audiovisual and new media courses, from BAC (Baccalaureate) + 2 years to BAC + 5 years
  • 500 further education training courses
  • Over 100 educational complements on line for students and trainees

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Ina makes its expertise available to companies and institutions that would like to preserve and enhance their collections

  • Preserving content on physical and digital media
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  • Collection management and enhancement
  • Management of legal risks 

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Consult the Ina archives and contribute to their scientific enhancement: throughout France, Ina THEQUE centres are open to academics, researchers, students and amateurs. 

• 16,000,000 hours of radio and television documents
• 14,000 media websites
• Programmes can be consulted one day after they are broadcast

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Discover all the Ina innovations: Ina Research offers to test your prototypes and invites you to demonstrations of technologies developed at the Institute.

  • Try out and experiment with our innovative tools and projects
  • Download data games made available to the scientific community
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Ina GRM, the Ina Musical Research group, offers creative activities and innovative tools in sound and electro-acoustic music.

  • An international season of concerts
  • Software to create sound and educational tools
  • Programmes produced for Radio France and for the web

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All our productions, and all our creations: films and web programmes, which all reflect an original editorial identity based on our unrivalled expertise in the visual treatment of archives.

  • 60 films produced or co-produced every year
  • 3 daily video modules created for franceinfo, France’s leading public service digital news website
  • New formats for all screens and new media

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