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Smart Tools for Integration of Web and TV Data

  • New Dutch Wave house (map)

In this first block on convergence two research specialists present their cases how they developed smart tools for integration of web and tv data in order to allow makers and users to search, browse and re-use complex and heterogeneous content. We also have a look on how traditional broadcasters made successful pivots to meet the demands of the changing media consumption patterns.


Johan Oomen | Sound & Vision

Mind of the Universe: Open Source Distribution of Public Broadcasting The Mind of the Universe is a 10-episode tv series and open source digital platform about the rapid evolution of our knowledge. It explores the human destiny and the world of tomorrow through the eyes of great minds from all continents all over the globe.

The Mind of the Universe is a unique and unprecedented in its scope and intention to provide all raw footage for free to be used and reused by everyone interested in learning and knowledge. The interviews were produced by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO for a tv series featuring the renowned scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf.

To support distribution of the series beyond traditional broadcasting VPRO invited the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to build an open access video platform. This platform provides access to the raw footage created for the series. Sound and Vision supplied segmentation and annotation tools to editors at VPRO to provide topical access to the material. This allows users to find and navigate the material based on their own specific interest within science as a broader topic. It also connects the various interviews across the series based on these topics, making implicit connections in the series as broadcasted explicit on the web.

This presentation highlights the distribution strategy that the creators of the series pursue through this open access platform. It goes on to explain the mechanisms behind it. And finally, it explores how the same mechanisms can be applied to different subject matter and what next steps in the development of open source video distribution could be. - Johan Oomen

Keywords: open content, public media, public broadcasting, distribution, media annotation, speech recognition, entity extraction, hyperlinking

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Lora Aroyo | Vrije University Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Lora Aroyo of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam will be talking about DIVE+ a Deep dive in the Connected Media Exploration Space.

DIVE+ is an event-centric linked-data digital cultural heritage collection browser. It was developed to provide innovative access to heritage objects from heterogeneous collections, using historical events and narratives as the context for searching, browsing and presenting of individual and group of objects.

The collection metadata used by the DIVE+ demonstrator is enriched through a hybrid machine crowd workflow. The demonstrator uses semantics from these enriched collections, their vocabularies and linked data vocabularies to establish connections between the collection media objects from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the events, people, locations and concepts that are depicted or associated with those objects. The innovative interface combines Web technology and theory of interpretation to allow for browsing this network of data in an intuitive ”infinite” fashion. DIVE+ focuses to support digital humanities scholars in their online explorations and research questions.

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Boris van Bennekum & Wilko van Iperen | BNN/Vara

Yes: disrupt your own company. Dutch broadcaster BNNVARA is pivoting. Because we have to and because we can.The biggest public broadcaster in The Netherlands is changing. Fast. From a traditional broadcaster into a digital media company. That calls for a fundamental change in strategy. In this presentation we will not only show you why we do it. But also how we do it. Not just the nuts and bolts. But also what exactly is nuts, and when to be bold. Plus we’ve brought two international cases in point with us: Emoji Battle and Drugslab.

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moderator: Mir Wermuth | iMMovator

Earlier Event: March 13
Playground demo's
Later Event: March 13
NDW on SXSW Pitch Stage