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Videoactive @IASA World Conference 2009

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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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