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  

MediaMixer as a project is promoting the use of innovative semantic technology for analysing, annotating, managing and re-using media assets at the fragment level to the benefit of both the media owner and the media consumer.

However, any new technology needs explanation: what technology exists for each task? where is it and how can I use it? what does it support, what not, and what experiences have been had with it? MediaMixer supports interested adopters on its community portal with lists of useful software and demonstrators, and can directly help community members via online forums, events and offers of knowledge and technology transfer*.

As part of this, we just published the first version of the Core Technology Set.  This document introduces the different aspects of MediaMixer technology with a state of the art, existing technology and specifications, and links to further information and downloads. We cover:

  • Media Fragment specification, server playout and client playout
  • Media Fragment creation via visual analysis
  • Media Fragment description using annotation models and controlled vocabularies
  • Media Fragment rights management
  • Media Fragment asset management including fragment identification
  • Media Fragment re-use via search and retrieval in IT systems

This technology is in flux and we will update the Core Technology Set when necessary. Any registered community member (registration is free) can access the document, and if you have questions or comments on it, you can start a discussion in our What is MediaMixer? forum.