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Intelligent archive of the social web

ARCOMEM is about memory institutions such as archives, museums, and libraries in the age of the Social Web. Memory institutions are more important now than ever: as we face greater economic and environmental challenges we need our understanding of the past to help us navigate to a sustainable future.

Which contributions of the social web will stay available in the future and what will be preserved? And how will they be accessible and explorable for users? ARCOMEM creates tools which helps archivists to exploit the social web.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and contributes to the broadcaster use case, dissemination and validation.

The project runs from Jan 2011 – Dec 2013

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Novel search methods in archives

AXES is about digital archives. Archives and libraries face great novel opportunities with modern computer technology. Connecting single items and creating relationships among audios, videos and images is a big step in the direction of an interconnected and semantic archive.

If only you would knew what’s in your archive! AXES develops technologies to help you do just that: to interact with audiovisual libraries, helping users to discover, browse, search and enrich archives. AXES technology such as face recognition and speech transcription will open up audiovisual digital libraries and increase their exposure to the European public.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and contributes to news use cases, user validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Jan 2011 – Dec 2014

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Storage & service in the cloud

VISION Cloud focuses on innovative cloud storage. The explosion of personal and organisational digital data has been recognised as one of the most significant characteristics of the decade. Generated data is simply growing faster than we can store it!

The goal of VISION Cloud is to develop a cloud-based infrastructure to provide a scalable, flexible and dependable framework for storage services. It will be built on open standards and new technologies. VISION Cloud aims to show how workflows will be supported significantly in terms of productivity, quality, reliability and cost.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and contributes to news use case, validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Oct 2010 – Sep 2013

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Exploiting social networks and social graphs

SocIoS unlocks the potential of social networks. Social networking sites contain an ever growing, increasingly relevant volume of multimedia content from ordinary users as well as professional sources. This mass of unstructured content is difficult to exploit – in terms of search, organisation, validation and recommendation.

How can businesses get easier access to social media content and related social graphs? SocIoS develops technology, which enables topical search across eight social networks, media item ranking/recommendation, event detection, social contact filtering, translation, sentiment analysis and IPR-handling. A journalism application provides these capabilities via a tailored user interface in order to support the process of topical journalistic research.

As a user partner Deutsche Welle developed a journalism scenario and related requirements, tested the resulting journalism application and conducted dissemination activities.

The project runs from Sep 2010 – Feb 2013

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Synchronising content in multilingual wikis

CoSyne is about wikis, about exchanging text among wikis in different languages. Wikipedia – as the most famous wiki – collects human knowledge in numerous languages and belongs to the top ten most frequented websites in the world. But article lengths differ in the various languages and some would not appear at all in certain languages. What if there would be a tool to translate changes automatically into various languages?

CoSyne develops tools that allow a combination of automated translation with synchronisation. This means it can compare two texts in different languages, and find and translate those parts that are not yet present in the other text. Beyond basic translation processes, CoSyne provides automated compilation, and includes a post-editing tool for finalisation.

Deutsche Welle is an application partner with a specific use case involving the Kalenderblatt program and contributes to user validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Mar 2010 – Feb 2013

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Improving Europeana

ASSETS is about finding content in Europeana, the European Digital Library. Europeana provides online access to more than 10 million digital objects such as books, paintings, photographs, videos and audios from – otherwise difficult to reach – museums and archives across Europe. Content in Europeana comes from over 2,000 different institutions.

In order to enhance the usability of Europeana ASSETS developed a range of supporting software services focusing on multimedia search, browsing and interfaces. The project also contributed new multimedia content for Europeana from over 9 European content providers.

Deutsche Welle was a content partner and contributed audio and video content items with adapted, extended and enriched metadata.

The project ran from Apr 2010 – Mar 2012

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Explore Europe’s television heritage

EUscreen is a unique showcase of Europe’s television heritage. Beforehand access to audiovisual archives, television in particular, remained fractured and scattered, due to a lack of interoperability both at the level of metadata and semantics.

EUscreen aimed at achieving a highly interoperable digitised collection of television material. It has been set up by a partnership of 34 partners from 19 European countries and has enormous impact in providing access to television heritage and it played an important role in the advancement of the European Digital Library.

Deutsche Welle was a content partner and contributed to validation and dissemination.

The project ran from Oct 2009 – Sep 2012

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Annotate multimedia content

CASAM was an annotation project. It aimed to simplify the task of machine and human produced semantic annotation of multimedia content. In contrast to clear text, information in multimedia content such as audio and video cannot be easily processed by machines. The project was motivated by the limitations of efforts to fully automate multimedia content annotation.

The goal of CASAM was to combine human and machine intelligence to maximize the performance and benefits in a semi-manual annotation scheme.

Deutsche Welle was a user partner and contributed to news use case, validation and dissemination.

The project ran from Apr 2008 – Mar 2011

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Cross library searches

PAPYRUS was a digital library search project. The setup of digital libraries including digitizing and classification of content has already consumed significant effort in the past years. Nonetheless there were no activities undertaken to make cross library searches available. For historians – for instance – it was not easy to conduct successful searches in news archives.

The goal of Papyrus was to close the gap of cross-discipline access to digital content archives. The project developed a digital library machine that takes in queries in the context of a specific discipline, looks for content in a domain alien to that discipline and returns the results presented in a way useful and comprehensive to the user.

Deutsche Welle was a user partner and contributed to news use case, validation and dissemination.

The project ran from Mar 2008 – Oct 2010

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Localised mobile content

C-CAST (Context Casting) was a mobile content service project. The core idea was to connect mobile communication with the physical space and to offer appropriate multimedia content.

C-Cast provided context-aware services, which aimed to identify and respond to situations, and were experienced by users as “better” services, because of the high degree of personalisation and targeting. In a C-CAST environment, public spaces and transportation like trains and train stations, airports, shopping centers and social meeting places (e.g. bars, restaurants) turned into public “smart” spaces through context-awareness, with personalised mobile services and content targeted to groups of people sharing common interests or situations, depending on their context.

Deutsche Welle was a user and application partner and contributed primarily to content management processes focusing on metadata storage, management and enrichment, and of course the regular validation and dissemination activities.

The project ran from Mar 2008 – Jun 2010

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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