VIDEO ACTIVE Creating Access to Europe ’s Television Heritage Winner Museums and the Web Best of the Web Award 2009
Goal <ul><li>Giving access to television heritage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflecting the cultural and historical similiariti...
The Project <ul><li>eContent plus  programme </li></ul><ul><li>36 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start date: September 2006 ...
The consortium <ul><li>14 members from 10 countries </li></ul><ul><li>11 content providers / 10 languages </li></ul>
Associate members <ul><li>VRT (B) </li></ul><ul><li>Moving Images Communications (UK)  </li></ul>
Advisory board <ul><li>IASA </li></ul><ul><li>FIAT </li></ul><ul><li>EBU </li></ul><ul><li>BFI </li></ul><ul><li>Joanneum ...
Content selection strategy <ul><li>Framework designed in collaboration with academics (London conference April 07) </li></...
Video Active Architecture <ul><li>The Video Active system comprises of various modules, all using web technologies. </li><...
Multilinguality and Semantic Web <ul><li>Video Active provides multilingual annotation, search and retrieval of the digita...
Semantic Technologies <ul><li>A semantic layer has been added through the representation of its metadata in Resource Descr...
Annotation Process… <ul><li>In the Video Active system each archive has the ability to either insert the metadata manually...
Storing and Exchanging Metadata <ul><li>We used  the Sesame metadata store </li></ul><ul><li>In order to transform the XML...
Additional development <ul><li>Translate the thesaurus in SKOS </li></ul><ul><li>Thesaurus alignment & Metadata Enrichment...
 
 
 
Follow-up project <ul><li>EUscreen </li></ul><ul><li>eContent plus  2008 programme </li></ul><ul><li>36 months </li></ul><...
EUscreen objectives <ul><li>Increase interoperability:  EBUcore schema </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver services to Europeana to ...
Thank you <ul><li>…  Questions?! </li></ul><ul><li>Johan Oomen <JOomen@beeldengeluid.nl> </li></ul><ul><li>Marco Rendina <...
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  • Just to show off a bit! Video Active won this year the Best of the Web award. This prestigious award is given to websites in the cultural heritage domain, and we ‘ ve won the People ‘ s choice award in the Research category. ... Audiovisual content on-line has become extremely popular (audiovisual content is always more juicy than text), but what we can find today on-line is mostly user-generated content (websites like YouTube, Revver, MySpace, etc.). Many speakers before me outlined that during this conference: Audiovisual archives have to overcome many obstacles before they can start offering audiovisual content on-line (there are IPR issues, digitisation issues, preservation issues, metadata standardisation, etc.). The main challenge of the Video Active project is to overcome these barriers and create multilingual access to Europe ‘ s Television heritage.
  • We ‘ ve tried to achieve this goal mainly by selecting a balanced collection of television archive material.
  • Videoactive @IASA World Conference 2009

    1. 1. VIDEO ACTIVE Creating Access to Europe ’s Television Heritage Winner Museums and the Web Best of the Web Award 2009
    2. 2. Goal <ul><li>Giving access to television heritage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflecting the cultural and historical similiarities and differences of television across the European Union </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeting different user groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General Public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Heritage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creative industries </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Project <ul><li>eContent plus programme </li></ul><ul><li>36 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start date: September 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch first version of the portal: November 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proven technology: Birth of TV </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( http://www.birth-of-TV.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10.000 items on-line by August 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>( http://www.videoactive.eu ) </li></ul>
    4. 4. The consortium <ul><li>14 members from 10 countries </li></ul><ul><li>11 content providers / 10 languages </li></ul>
    5. 5. Associate members <ul><li>VRT (B) </li></ul><ul><li>Moving Images Communications (UK) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Advisory board <ul><li>IASA </li></ul><ul><li>FIAT </li></ul><ul><li>EBU </li></ul><ul><li>BFI </li></ul><ul><li>Joanneum Research </li></ul><ul><li>University of Madrid </li></ul>
    7. 7. Content selection strategy <ul><li>Framework designed in collaboration with academics (London conference April 07) </li></ul><ul><li>Historical axis (e.g. “technology developements”) </li></ul><ul><li>Themes and genres (e.g. sports, game shows, education, celebrity, TV on TV, National Holidays, etc.) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Video Active Architecture <ul><li>The Video Active system comprises of various modules, all using web technologies. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Multilinguality and Semantic Web <ul><li>Video Active provides multilingual annotation, search and retrieval of the digital assets using the ThesauriX technology </li></ul><ul><li>ThesauriX is a web-based multilingual thesauri tool based on the IPTC standard </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic Web technologies are enabling automation, sophisticated query services and semantic interoperability with other heterogeneous digital archives. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Semantic Technologies <ul><li>A semantic layer has been added through the representation of its metadata in Resource Description Framework (RDF) </li></ul><ul><li>The expressive power of RDF enables light reasoning services, merging/aligning metadata from heterogeneous sources and sophisticated query facility based on SPARQL RDF query language </li></ul>
    11. 11. Annotation Process… <ul><li>In the Video Active system each archive has the ability to either insert the metadata manually using the web annotation tool or semi-automatically using a uniform (common for all the archives) XML schema. </li></ul><ul><li>The Video Active metadata schema has been based on the Dublin Core metadata schema with additional elements essential in capturing the cultural heritage aspect of the resources. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Storing and Exchanging Metadata <ul><li>We used the Sesame metadata store </li></ul><ul><li>In order to transform the XML documents into RDF triples, we used the Jena Semantic Web Framework </li></ul><ul><li>All the metadata stored in Sesame, with the help of an OAI compliant repository are exposed to external systems/archives </li></ul>
    13. 13. Additional development <ul><li>Translate the thesaurus in SKOS </li></ul><ul><li>Thesaurus alignment & Metadata Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Faceted browser (from Simile project) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional viewing services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline services ( Simile based) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 17. Follow-up project <ul><li>EUscreen </li></ul><ul><li>eContent plus 2008 programme </li></ul><ul><li>36 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start date: September 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extended consortium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 Archives, 3 Universities, 2 umbrella organisations, 1 software company </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Based on the Video Active technology </li></ul>
    15. 18. EUscreen objectives <ul><li>Increase interoperability: EBUcore schema </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver services to Europeana to support audiovisual content </li></ul><ul><li>Provide audiovisual content </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices for use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including remix and creative re-use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support Network of Practitioners </li></ul>
    16. 19. Thank you <ul><li>… Questions?! </li></ul><ul><li>Johan Oomen <JOomen@beeldengeluid.nl> </li></ul><ul><li>Marco Rendina < m.rendina@cinecittaluce.it> </li></ul><ul><li>Vassilis Tzouvaras <tzouvaras@image.ntua.gr> </li></ul>

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