The daily news shows have become the TV broadcaster´s first reference to their viewers. But unfortunately, the delivery of just-in-time, high quality news shows has become more challenging over the last years, by the needs 1) to serve the cross-department workflow integrating the growing number of input channels, 2) for a more complex composition of news contents to serve additional distribution channels and 3) to further exploit the available vast archives and raw materials.

Regarding this challenges, the MediaMixer project offers to shift the workflow more towards the Media Fragment level and employ the MediaMixer toolset in a SmartNews use case. This allows to improve the news production through:

  • the cross-department retrieval for specific persons, places or objects inside the vast video content,
  • the establishment of a repository with re-usable video snippets improving the collaboration and shorten production time and
  • the more flexible composition of contents to serve different distribution channels such as Internet, TV, HbbTV or mobile TV. In addition, the semi-automatic Media Fragment identification and annotation of the MediaMixer toolset enables to better exploit the vast amount of footage and raw materials.

The MediaMixer project provides a demonstrator offering retrieval, recommendation and re-use of Media Fragments for newsroom editors in the “Climate” and “Renewable Energy” domains. 

 

News video material storage and retrieval for the broadcasters’ newsroom is promoted by the partner CONDAT providing search and recommendation support for the newsroom tool of ANNOVA1 GmbH for MediaMixer.

1 ANNOVA is one of the leading TV newsroom providers in Europe


The MediaMixer project is pleased to announce the release of the recording of our recent Webinar on Describing Media Assets, given by Raphael Troncy of EURECOM. In this talk he explains how semantic descriptions of non-textual media available on the Web can facilitate retrieval, re-use and presentation of media assets.

He first presents the Media Fragment URI specification, a recent W3C recommendation that enables to uniquely identifying sub-parts of media assets in the same way that the fragment identifier in the URI can refer to part of an HTML or XML document. Then models and ontologies are described that we will illustrate with several real world applications using semantic annotations attached to media fragments.

This is the second in a set of Webinars on MediaMixer technology and their benefits for the enterprise, see http://mediamixer.eu/live for the full schedule and past Webinar recordings.

MediaMixer Webinars are made possible thanks to the Jozef Stefan Institute and VideoLectures.NET.


Registrations have already taken up many of the free spaces at the MediaMixer Winter Schol on Multimedia Applications and Processing, so remind interested students and researchers to take the opportunity and register now to avoid disappointment! 

Attendees will hear about and get hands on experience with semantic multimedia technologies including media fragments, analysis, annotation and digital rights, from MediaMixer partner experts.  Invited speakers (EU project coordinators!) will give insights in current & future use of the technology in their domains (broadcasting, digital preservation, e-learning).

Even better, while stand alone registration for this event is already amazingly low (€150 !), thanks to our cooperation with the MMM 2014 conference, conference registrees need only pay €50 more on their registration fee to attend the school!

For more about the school, see http://winterschool.mediamixer.eu

For registration, go to http://mmm2014.org/registration/


In today’s Grand Challenge session at ACM Multimedia 2013, two paper-solutions for the MediaMixer / VideoLectures.NET challenge on temporal segmentation of e-learning videos were presented:

1) MUST VIS system (IDIAP Switzerland) offers an appealing visualisation of video-to-video and segment-to-segment linking based on video analysis and tagging, and their associations. A first demo was presented which can be seen at http://portal.klewel.com/graph

2) The Hasso Platner Institute (HPI) presented a solution based purely on OCR analysis of the accompanying lecture slides, using common partners to provide for solutions for Global and Partial Segmentation of the video, being more accurate than the use of shot segmentation techniques relying on transitions between video frames. The slideset is available at http://www.yanghaojin.com/research/ACM-MM-GC-DEMO/

While the global Grand Challenge winners will be announced tonight, the MediaMixer project has already selected their Grand Challenge winner, and congratulates IDIAP Switzerland on an appealing visualisation of video fragment associations which can be of great usability value in our VideoLecturesMashup demonstrator. The authors win a chance to visit the VideoLectures team in Ljubljana, Slovenia and collaborate with us on a new version of VideoLecturesMashup!

 


MediaMixer partner JSI will participate in the two-day Metadata in Research Information Systems Seminar which will take place in Brussels on September.

Research Information Systems (CRISs) and in particular CERIF are increasingly recognised as a powerful means with respect to advanced metadata management. euroCRIS has developed inter-conversion services to/from CERIF with the most-used metadata standards reinforcing the position of CERIF as an interoperation standard for RI and CRISs. Nonetheless there is room for the evolution of CERIF to meet new emerging requirements. The aim of this euroCRIS Strategic Seminar is to convene key stakeholders and discuss the needs and forthcoming challenges in this context.

More information and program details can be found in the Programme seminar 2013.

JSI is an euroCRIS member.


One of the challenges faced by the MediaMixer consortium is that there is no pre-existing industry “buzzword” or well-defined market segment for “semantic multimedia”, or combining “the web” (the application of fragment URIs and linked data in particular) across the broadcast and media value chain. MediaMixer’s community represents part of the solution, by providing a focal point where these techniques may be brought together, drawing together common strands from more established segments.

IBC is the foremost media conference for the broadcast-related industry. The “Booster” was the first event of its type for IBC, promoting interactive formats designed to address the need for delegates from all areas of the media value chain associated with broadcast, to better share insights and information regarding their innovations and future predictions. MediaMixer is predicated on the assumption that semantic multimedia and specific W3C web standards being important in the future, so it was beneficial to the project and industry attendees that MediaMixer was visible at the event. Most presentations required audience participation. The two themes, “Cloud” and “Connecting Content”, are both umbrella themes that broadly encompass the touch points the industry has with MediaMixer’s topics.

MediaMixer is pleased to have been Silver Sponsor at this event and our colleague Martin Dow had the pleasure to engage with attendees on the MediaMixer offer and benefits of community membership. Martin will speak again about MediaMixer at a FOCAL Metadata conference in London on July 10, 2013.


We are pleased to announce the 1st Summer School on Media Fragment Creation and Remixing in Chania, Crete, Greece on June 3-6, 2013.

The summer school aims at offering participants from all over the world – both PhD/MSc students or young researchers, and media professionals / practitioners – top level education in the emerging area of media fragment technologies and applications (including topics such as video analysis, video annotation, semantic multimedia, social media, digital rights and multimedia applications). It will combine delivering in-depth lectures with giving to its participants the possibility for gaining hands-on experience on the use of media fragment annotation and re-use technologies, and of the effectiveness, privacy etc. issues that may arise. The school will be organized in two tracks, one for academia members (PhD/MSc students or young researchers) and one for industry professionals.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2013

For further information and for applying, please visit this link!



Please join and submit  your research papers to the 1st International Workshop on Media fragment creation and reMIXing (MMIX’13)!

The workshop is co-located with IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2013) in San Jose, California, USA from July 15 to 19, 2013.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from the different fields that contribute to the development of technologies and applications for media fragment creation and remixing, with emphasis both on the presentation of new supporting technologies for the creation and understanding of media fragments (e.g. video decomposition at different granularity levels; extraction of concepts, events, or textual descriptions that capture the meaning of specific media fragments) and on novel applications of such technologies for media fragment re-use and re- mixing in various domains, such as the traditional media industry, the news industry, video blogging and social media applications, and others.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia fragmentation techniques
  • Concept detection from media fragments
  • Event detection from media fragments
  • Event recounting and textual description of media fragments
  • Media fragment description
  • Media fragment search and retrieval
  • Media fragments in the social Web
  • User interfaces for media fragment manipulation
  • Novel media fragment re-use and remixing results with commercial application

Important Dates
Workshop Paper Submission: March 7, 2013
Notification of Workshop Paper Acceptance: April 15, 2013
Camera-Ready Paper: April 30, 2013

For further information please visit this link.


With a total budget of almost one million Euro funded by the European Union, the MediaMixer project has been launched. In November 2012, representatives from eight expert organizations from seven different European countries met to launch an eighteen months support action project focused on online MEDIA fragments under the name of MediaMixer. The overall aim of the project is on setting up and sustaining a community of video producers, hosters, and redistributors who will be supported in the adoption of semantic multimedia technology in their systems and workflows to build a European market for media fragment re-purposing and re-sale. MediaMixer will focus on ways to address potentially limiting factors in the current market, simplifying aspects of content access, provision, remixing and repurposing, and tackling aspects potentially obstructive to obtaining rights for use, primarily of benefit to the established media industry, but in a way that also encourages wider access outside mainstream channels, such as in User Generated Content (UGC) portals and newer entrants monetising  media production and consumption.

MediaMixer is driven in its consortium by a group of leading research organisations in the area of semantic multimedia. This area is focused on capturing the high level (conceptual) meaning of media assets and their parts (fragments), and hence enabling software and systems to more automatically and meaningfully process and handle media workflows such as analysis, annotation, storage & retrieval, rights management and re-use (including support for re-lease or re-sale) of those assets and their fragments. MediaMixer is led by the STI International Consulting and Research GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria, a spin-off company from the Semantic Technology Institute International association, providing commercial services in the domains of event management, training, and R&D. The consortium consists of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – Informatics and Telematics Institute (CERTH-ITI), a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretarial of Research and Technology of Greece (GSRT), located in Thessaloniki, Greece; the EURECOM, a dynamic graduate school and research centre in communications systems in Sophia Antipolis, France; Condat AG is a medium sized company located in the centre of Berlin, Germany developing and integrating innovative solutions for leading European companies; the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), the central research institution for natural sciences in Slovenia; Acuity Unlimited whose technical services business is a leading open source contributor to the Fedora Commons media asset repository software, based in London, UK; Citizenside who provides a platform for user-sourced video of actual events of interest to current affairs called the “Reporter Kit” to collect, fact check, and publish news-related user-generated content based in Paris, France;  as well as the Universitat de Lleida, one of the pioneers in the application of semantic technologies to copyright management, based in Lleida, Spain. The core partners with semantic multimedia experience (annotation, analysis, search, fragments) are STI International, EURECOM, CERTH-ITI and CONDAT as well as Acuity Unlimited and UdL in the area of semantic digital rights technology.

Through a mix of online portal and collaborative events there will be a two way communication process between research and industry to overcome the prior barriers to uptake and bring an awareness to the potential of the technology among the industry.