- European Radio Network

During the summer of 2007, international, national and regional radio stations joined forces to form the European Radio Network, Euranet. Six months later, the pan-European media consortium was awarded a contract relating to a project from the European Commission. The objective of this project was to improve reporting from and about Europe and to stimulate discussion about co-existence in Europe in order to promote the creation of a general European public. Each of the participating radio stations provide contributions in different EU languages. These contributions are then used to produce monolingual radio programmes. The goal of Euranet is to broadcast programmes in all 23 official EU languages by 2012.

Another task that Euranet has been charged with is the creation and continuous further development of a multi-language Internet platform. The European orientation necessitates a platform that can be extended to include all 23 EU languages. In order to ensure the website remains attractive during the entire project period, the possibility to extend its range of functions was also a key requirement of the contract. In addition to the website, the creation , further development and integration of a community platform is also indispensable for promoting communication.

The website conception and development of the design was realised by the longstanding partners, silver.station and “Konradi Agentur für Gestaltung”.

The radio function represents the centrepiece of the platform. An upload function for MP3 files has been provided for editors in the backend. The website allows radio programmes to be listened to live via a live-streaming process. Furthermore, the contributions are also made available as podcasts. All radio programmes are archived and an integrated filter function enables them to be filtered according to time and language.

In addition to the radio programmes, the website also offers editorial content to citizens in the form of news, files and general contributions. All contributions can be made more attractive via a multimedia box, which can be used to add images, videos and audio content. Interactive elements have been provided for the editorial part of the site, such as a comment function and alternating opinion polls. An RSS feed is used for publishing the latest community contributions on the website.

The website was developed using the enterprise content management system eZ Publish.

The community platform went live shortly after the Euranet website and is also characterised by multilingualism. The platform is available in multiple languages and every user can add contributions in their own national language. The community solution from mixxt GmbH provides the technical foundation for the community. The mixxt community was extended to include a multi-language element especially for Euranet. The community offers members a variety of forums for exchanging ideas, individual blogs for each member and an area for publishing pictures.

The Euranet website is being expanded and additional functions added on an ongoing basis. For example, a microsite containing facts and background information on the European Elections in June 2009 has recently been integrated into the website. Animated, interactive elements, such as a European map and a timeline related to the history of the EU Parliament, encourage visitors to go on a tour of discovery. All this is rounded off with an event calendar and a newsletter.

The editors have recently started using the micro-blogging service, Twitter, to publish short, topical items of news. The Twitter messages are published on the Euranet website via RSS feeds.

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