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Project LIMES: The Future of Augmented, Interactive Live Streaming

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With the arrival of high-end smart device cameras, sophisticated gimbals, 4G, and platforms like Twitch or Facebook Live, video live streaming has become immensely popular. Journalists have used the technology to cover breaking news right when and where they are breaking, do spontaneous interviews on a popular social media platform, or cover that really long, yet potentially important press conference both in full and on a budget. Unfortunately, journalistic live streams run the risk of becoming rather boring after a while. They might be exclusive, but they also lack dramaturgy, editing, extra features – which is why viewers tend to tune out. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Journalistic livestreams could be more compelling, and we’ve just started a new DNI project that is ready to tackle the challenge: LIMES, short for Livestreaming & Mixed Reality Management System.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2019

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The SUMMA Platform – Explained in 106 Seconds

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If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably heard of SUMMA, one of our biggest and most succesful language technology projects so far. Over the course of three years, the SUMMA consortium (= DW and 8 other partners) has built a comprehensive platform for multilingual media monitoring. But what does that mean exactly? And how will the software benefit newsrooms? Our explainer video can answer those questions in less than two minutes:

Date

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

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WeVerify: Continuing our work on algorithm-supported verification

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Picture: Steven Wright

Analyzing and verifying digital content with the help of digital technology has kept us busy for quite some time.

Date

Monday, January 21st, 2019

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DW Innovation Year in Review: 7 Media Technologies That Caught Our Attention in 2018

“So what are the most important developments in journo tech right now? Which tools and concepts will help us create really interesting content? And what about improving production workflows?” That’s a set of questions we get quite often. Providing definitive answers is impossible. What we can do, however, is share a couple of insights from our work. Here’s a list of tech that struck us as particularly interesting, promising, or useful this year.

Date

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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Meet us @ Summa User Day and Language Technology Hands-on Days in Bonn

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Interested in AI-driven human language technology (HLT) and looking for a chance to test the latest state-of-the-art tools? Come visit us in Bonn in week #47!

Date

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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Vertical Video: 5 Takeaways from the DW Lab

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DW’s first vertical video story on Instagram

On June 20th, Instagram launched its new streaming video platform, IGTV. Content on the platform will be longer than typical Instagram posts or stories – up to 60 minutes – and, most importantly, video will be vertical only! So what content works well in vertical? And how can news outlets best produce videos that are “vertical first”? DW’s social media department, together with the DW Lab, embarked on a two-week-long experiment with vertical video. Here are five of our most important takeaways.

Date

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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Stunning footage: Multidrone @ Meteora!

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Let’s keep this short: In August, Team Multidrone and our colleagues at Euromaxx recorded stunning aerial footage at Meteora, a famous Greek rock formation. The idea behind the drone shooting was to learn more about drone cinematography for TV production in a real production environment. While having an experimental setup, the material created was used for a DW TV report on rock climbing. Here’s a high quality version of the clip — solely for your enjoyment:

Date

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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Sixth Sense Retrieval: A Sneak Peak at the Finished Prototype

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The Sixth Sense Retrieval user interface

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Sixth Sense Retrieval, a DNI prototype project dedicated to analyzing and indexing vast amounts of video content in order to unlock media archives. In the meantime, 6SR has been completed, and everybody at MindFlux and DW is quite happy with the results. Within the project scope, we could implement all envisioned features, which can now serve as a basis for a future, more sophisticated tool. Here’s a quick look at what the platform looks like after 6 months of development and testing.

Date

Monday, October 8th, 2018

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Fader 2.0: What the consortium has been up to (V)

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Remember Fader/VRappr, the marvelous VR/360 DNI project run by DW, Euronews, and Vragments from February 2017 to May 2018? Of course you do. And we just remembered it’s time to give you a last proper consortium update. But first of all, let’s take a quick look at the past, present, and future of our immersive storytelling tool.

Date

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

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Hello, DW Lab!

We are happy to announce that the team of Deutsche Welle Lab (DW Lab) is joining us for this blog, sharing their projects and videos and thoughts on innovation in journalism. Welcome, Andy Giefer, Angela Kea, and Nadja Scholz!

Date

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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