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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

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Europe’s Television Heritage

VideoActive was a television heritage project. It is the predecessor of EUScreen and had the goal to provide a central hub for European television history.

More than 10.000 audios and videos in ten languages (Danish, German, English, French, Greece, Italian, Catalan, Dutch, Swedish and Hungarian) including additional metadata were digitized. The archive can be viewed online under www.euscreen.eu.
Deutsche Welle was a content partner and contributed to validation and dissemination.

The project ran from Sep 2006 – Aug 2009

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Aggregate, analyse and filter information

MESH was about news syndication and filtering. In a globalized world we are confronted with an overabundance of news information. But how easy is it for anyone to navigate in this flood of information? Is it possible to obtain an objective view of controversial events, at national or international level?

MESH developed methods to analyse and organise news in a semantic way. This was to allow users to have a complete overview of all similar and conflicting views, being also able to filter information according to personal preferences and interests.

Deutsche Welle was a user partner and contributed to the news use case, validation and dissemination. In addition, Deutsche Welle developed a small CMS (Content Management System) called “Full Story”, which allowed for the integration of individual components developed by MESH project partners. Having been further modified to meed organisational needs, Full Story is still in use at DW.

The project ran from Mar 2006 – Feb 2009

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Fostering mobile broadcast

C-MOBILE was a mobile broadcast and multicast technology project. The goal was to build a more flexible multicasting architecture, enhance content management workflow, develop new applications and content formats and contribute to multicasting technology evolution and standards.

C-Mobile developed multicasting services, including end-to-end services, from content provider to end-user. The result on the content side was the development of content casting formats with podcasting content and interactive TV formats with streaming content. Services in the content provider use case included the implementation of an electronic programming guide for streaming content using playlists. A voting application for streaming content allowed interactivity with the user, using user input for on-the-fly content selection.

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

The project ran from Mar 2006 – Feb 2008

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Multicast and Mobile Services Field Trial

MCAST was a multicast technology and mobile services project. The research project covered two large-scale field trials of innovative multicasting technology and mobile media services on 2.5G and 3G cellular networks.

The objective was to understand and evaluate user needs and acceptance as to rich media multicast delivery to mobile devices, perform market analyses and develop business models. Rich media content services, with short multimedia clips featuring music, movie trailers, games and other entertaining content, as well as news highlights, were delivered via MCAST’s innovative multicasting platform in different large-scale field trials in Israel, Switzerland and Germany. The field trials provided insight into the needs for multicast services and next-generation cross-media production.

Deutsche Welle was MCAST coordinator and application partner and contributed as such to the overall management of the project, content provision, service development, and user testing.

The project ran from Jan 2003 – Jun 2004

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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New interactive online formats and delivery models

SMARTCAST’s main objective was to support broadcasters in their transition towards IP based media production and distribution.

SMARTCAST thus developed an Integrated Multimedia Production line for interactive audiovisual content and a satellite broadband delivery platform based on IP web casting services.

Deutsche Welle co-ordinated the project and – together with broadcasters ORF (AUT) and Radio Bremen (D) – developed various interactive content formats that were produced with Smartcast’s Integrated Production Line as developed by project partner Lost Boys Interactive (NL) and distributed through the satellite platform as developed by Eutelsat (F). On top of coordination and content format development Deutsche Welle team was in charge of validation and dissemination.

The project ran from 2001-2003

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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