Monday, April 21, 2014

85,000 Rare Videos Archived on YouTube

Published on April 17th, 2014 | by Travis Korte Center for Data Innovation

UK film archive British Pathé released its entire collection, numbering over 85,000 rare videos from the 20th century, on YouTube this week. The 3,500 hours of video document historical events, including both World Wars and the sinking of the Titanic, and will likely be a trove for historians and other scholars to mine. YouTube data sets have also been employed in computer vision and other machine learning applications. The archive was previously available on the British Pathé website, but the company hopes making it accessible for browsing and sharing will encourage broader viewership.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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