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MediaMixer partner Institute Jozef Stefan will participate in the international summit on ICT in Education “EDUsummit” in Washington DC, Oct 1-2. They will be active in two thematic working groups, “Observatories for researching the impact of IT in Education” and “Towards new systems for schooling in the digital age”.

Mitja Jermol has outlined ‘advanced methods and tools for Web-based Education’ including MediaMixer innovations previously in a Slideshare presentation (see http://community.mediamixer.eu/materials/presentations) and we look forward to their promotion of semantic multimedia technology for e-learning.

From September 2013 to February 2014 MediaMixer will offer a monthly 1hr live presentation on a key MediaMixer topic. Each presentation will be streamed live at http://mediamixer.eu/live, and here you will also find details of upcoming presentations and links to recording of past presentations. Live viewers may post their questions to the speaker via Twitter or TitanPad – just tweet @project_mmixer during the talk or use the embedded public TitanPad!

On Monday 9 September 2013, project coordinator Dr Lyndon Nixon will kick off the series with the answer to “What is MediaMixing?”. Join him at http://mediamixer.eu/live, this Monday at 1500 CET!

What is MediaMixing? – making media more valuable for its owner and more useful for its consumer

MediaMixer is an EU funded project to support organisations in enhancing their media contents to create greater value and extend their reach across customers, consumers and the media value chain. MediaMixer promotes new technologies which enable the fragmentation of media items into distinct parts which can be re-purposed and re-sold.In this talk, project coordinator Dr Lyndon Nixon will outline the MediaMixer vision, grounding it in organisational trends to create and re-use increasing amounts of media assets, and backing it up with a look at the limitations of current media technology solutions. He will explain how MediaMixer can support interested organisations to adopt and use new technology for working with audiovisual media.

One MediaMixer use case focuses on the need of newsroom editors to easily and quickly find and re-use news video fragments relating to a news item within the news programme production process. MediaMixer partner CONDAT, developer of software solutions for European broadcasters, is working in the project on a use case and demonstrator for the Re-use of Video Materials in the Broadcast Newsroom.

Now there are two opportunities to learn more about this innovative solution to news production:

  • The Semantic Media Web Innovationsforum organizes events for a scientific and commercial audience, which is focused on semantic technology for the TV and media sector. The next forum will take place on 26.-27. September concerning: “Semantic Technologies – Exploitation and Convergence of Meta Data”. Rolf Fricke of CONDAT will speak on the first day on Wiederverwendung von Medien Fragmenten für den Newsroom im EU-FP7 Projekt MediaMixer (re-use of media fragments for the newsroom)
  • Prior to the IFA 2013, the Media 3.0 event is a semi-public meet-up of stakeholders in the TV and Media Sector (anyone can request an invitation but space is limited). Under the topic “Convergence@Work”, the 5 September 2013 afternoon session will include a talk by CONDAT on “OpenMedia SmartSearch – Semantik von Media Fragments in modernen Newsroom-Systemen”

MediaMixer is pleased to be a sponsor of the Createsphere DAM Conference in New York, 7-8 October 2013. Our goal is to show semantic technologies for media fragments and copyright management to the Digital Assets Management industry in the USA, through one of the main conferences about this topic.

The MediaMixer project and community promote the use of semantic technologies for media mixing through real use cases and demos that showcase them. A typical MediaMixer demo will involve fragmenting media assets, annotating them using semantic descriptions and exposing these descriptions to customers, for fragment level search and selection. Fragments will be also linked to rights information based on a copyright ontology, which integrates licenses, policies and rights expressions based on existing standards like DDEX, ODRL or MPEG-21. At the conference MediaMixer will present the demo built so far for the “Rights Intelligence and Integration” use cases where semantic technologies solve real problems related with digital asset management, in this case media rights expression and negotiation.

Pre-registration now open for the 1st Winter School on Multimedia Processing and Applications!

Masters/PhD students with Multimedia & Semantic Web topics can reserve their place before registration opens in September*

Experience top speakers in Dublin in January 2014 on media analysis, annotation, fragmentation, rights management, broadcasting, digital preservation, and e-learning!

For more information and the pre-registration form see http://winterschool.mediamixer.eu/

* Preregistration puts you on the list for places at the school. Your attendance is only guaranteed once you complete the registration process in September.

The first workshop on Media Fragment Creation and Re-mixing took place last week at the ICME 2013. Despite being on the day after the main conference ended, and there being 9 parallel workshops/tutorials taking place, the workshop was well attended with 20-25 unique attendees over the day who first heard a keynote by Prof. Noboru Babaguchi of Osaka University on “Example-based Remixing of Multimedia Contents”.

This was followed by scientific talks which covered the workshop topics of fragment creation and remixing.

Topics for fragment creation included video concept detection, visual similarity analysis and object re-detection in video.

Topics for fragment remixing included use of the Media Fragment URI specification in describing (social) media item differences and  a Remix Instrument based on Fragment feature analysis.

All presentation slides can be seen at the workshop page.

Martin Dow, of MediaMixer partner Acuity Unlimited, was asked to give a short talk on the subject of “Web Semantics”, as it might apply to the FOCAL audience, at the FOCAL conference on 10 July in London, “Metadata and Why it is Important”.

The talk was billed under the “New Developments” section. The focus of the talk was to briefly introduce what “web semantics” referred to, to highlight recent achievements in institutional archival practices through engineering with the web architecture, and how the properties of the web might help realise scale and reuse – particularly through the property of enabling cooperation without coordination, the separation of concerns for metadata acquisition, preservation and reuse.

The conference attracted FOCAL professionals: archive owners, managers, technical staff and archive researchers/archive producers. Some, for example from major broadcast archives, were already familiar with semantic web concepts, whilst for others the concepts were of interest but the practice still seemed quite distant from tape- and file- based day-to-day environments. The New Developments section also featured talks from Godfrey Rust, leading data modelling challenges for the Linked Content Coalition and the UK Copyright Hu, an organisationally and technically coordinated “hub” solution to interoperable rights metadata, and Mark Vermaat of SilverMouse regarding content identifiers. The programme was broad in scope, with sessions from industry expert Carol Owen and Sara Hill from services organisation Prime Focus, case studies from AP and ITV, industry experts Richard Wright on realities of working with legacy formats in a file-based broadcast environment, Paul Collard on his product’s metadata interface for digitisation work, “data wrangling” at the BBC, and an insightful session around archive research practices, with Matthew Butson from Getty Images. Given the semantic web is capable of generically representing all kinds of structured metadata, current and emergent industry practices are important to MediaMixer’s future understanding of the maturity models required to engage within these industry segments.

MediaMixer partner EURECOM not only contributes directly to future media technology, co-authoring the Media Fragments URI specification and working on media fragments and semantic multimedia implementations, but has been demonstrating the technologies’ value at leading computing conferences, namely the World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2013 this past May in Brazil as well as the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2013 shortly thereafter in France.

At the Linked Media (LiMe2013) workshop at WWW2013, EURECOM presented “Enriching Media Fragments with Named Entities for Video Classification”. In this work, we propose a framework which classifies video according to textual features such as named entities spotted from subtitles, and temporal features such as the duration of media fragments where entities are spotted. We implement four automatic machine learning algorithms for multi-class classification problems named Logistic Regression (LG), K-Nearest Neighbour (KNN), Naive Bayes (NB) and Support Vector Machine (SVM). The results show that this approach is promising in the context of online videos classification.

EURECOM also organised a workshop at WWW2013 entitled “Web of Linked Entities (WoLE)“, which transparently connects the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Giant Global Graph (GGG) using methods from Information Retrieval (IR), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Database Systems (DB). The workshop has attracted 23 submissions from all over the world on which the program committee has selected 9 papers. The workshop also features two keynotes from Peter Mika (Yahoo!) for a talk entitled Entity Search on the Web and from Icaro Medeiros (Globo.com) for a talk entitled Linked Data at Globo. Finally, David Graus won the workshop challenge with the SemanticTED demo.

At another workshop, on real-time analysis and mining of social streams (RAMSS), EURECOM has given an invited talk: MediaFinder: Collect, Enrich and Visualize Media Memes Shared by the Crowd which introduces the MediaFinder tool developed for finding social media content shared on social networks and organize automatically this content for creating stories. See also the slides at http://www.slideshare.net/troncy/mediafinder-collect-enrich-and-visualize-media-memes-shared-by-the-crowd

EURECOM participated in the MSM (Making Sense of Microposts) challenge and sponsored by eBay and finished 2nd out of the 22 candidates with its NERD tool. See also the presentation athttp://www.slideshare.net/giusepperizzo/learning-with-the-web-spotting-named-entities-on-the-intersection-of-nerd-and-machine-learning

At ESWC2013, EURECOM presented the demo paper entitled Tracking and Analyzing The 2013 Italian Election which builds on top of the MediaFinder tool and enables to repeat the same query over a longer period of time in order to monitor a particular event and its dynamics. You can relive the demo at http://mediafinder.eurecom.fr/story/elezioni2013 where the Italian election has been used as a use case for visualizing how social media content have been shared during the 7 days following the election day.

MediaMixer project is proud to be a sponsor of the ACM Multimedia 2013 conference (ACMMM13). As one of the leading multimedia research events, MediaMixer is actively looking there to promote the innovative semantic multimedia and media fragment technology that it believes can help build a new generation of multimedia systems.

During ACMMM13, MediaMixer will announce the winner of its ACM Grand Challenge, highlighting the role of automated segmentation and annotation of video in enabling an industry partner (VideoLectures.NET) to offer a new service around its e-learning video assets (VideoLecturesMashup).

MediaMixer will also be exhibiting in the conference industry demos area its use case demonstrators during the three days of ACMMM13, highlighting how MediaMixer promoted technology not only enables mashups of e-learning video (VideoLecturesMashup) but also access to media fragments for newsrooms and negotiating digital rights for media assets between media owners and media consumers.



We are pleased to announce the 1st edition of the Winter School on Multimedia Processing and Applications, featuring speakers from the MediaMixer project and invited experts from EU projects and industry.

The winter school aims at offering participants from all over the world – both PhD/MSc students and young researchers – training on the latest technological developments in the area of multimedia processing (media analysis, media annotation, media rights management) and of emerging multimedia applications (in the Sensor Web, audiovisual archives, TV broadcasting, digital preservation and e-learning domains).

The school will combine delivering in-depth lectures with giving to its participants the possibility for gaining hands-on experience on the use of new multimedia processing techniques (e.g. media fragment annotation and re-use technologies), and on the effectiveness, privacy etc. issues that may arise. The latest R&D in EU funded projects and latest insights from experts in the industry domains which stand to benefit from these new technologies will help students to appreciate the state of the art and future chances for industry adoption. The school will also support the close interaction between the students and all participants of the co-located Multimedia Modeling (MMM’14) conference; among other possibilities, all school’s students will have the chance to bring a poster describing their current research work and present it in a joint winter school – MMM’14 poster session.

For more details including the full schedule and list of speakers, see http://winterschool.mediamixer.eu