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Video and Streaming over Internetas a Component Portal Solution Yuri Demchenko Project Development Officer, TERENA <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.terena.nl/projects/reis/mmis/
Video and Streaming over Internet as component Portal Solution • REIS Initiative • TERENA Academic Portal Initiative/Project • What do people need from Academic Portal? • Academic Portal as community Oriented Portal • Visual Information in Education and Research • Cataloguing/Browsing/Searching/Indexing • Educational Video and Streaming resources on the Internet • in Europe • in USA • in Commercial companies’ strategies
REIS Initiative (REsearch Indexing Service for Europe) • Started from BoF at TNNC’99http://www.terena.nl/projects/reis/ • Main goal - to build pilot service for Research and Education community in Europe • Specific REIS features • Comprehensive coverage of Research-on-the-web • Both searchable and browsable by subject • Interactive search refinement • Finding Authoritative Resources - ”Topic Distillation” • Adaptive crawling and automatic (pre-)classification of gathered data • Attribute (metadata) searching • Dublin Core metadata search capability • Multilinguality and cross-language searching • Multilingual support in interface
TERENA Academic Portal Initiative/Project (TAP) • To supersede REIS • Answer on vital needs of R&A community in specific Information Service • Main components • Indexing/Searching tools/engine • Cross-Searching Automatic Indexes and human-made Subject Gateways • Directory services • Video-on-Demand and Streaming (plus hosting) • Content Replication • Portal as an access point to all what’s behind the Portal • All what community uses, develops and needs • Multilsite and multihome for services • Collaborative vs distributed
Academic Portal goals • Community oriented Portal • Binding and assisting specific community • Virtual community with its Knowledge accumulation and domain specific resources • Research diversification and knowledge accumulation • Assistive services/tools for Researchers and Educators • building authorities in new domains • discovering knowledge/resources in European/worldwide Internet • Cooperation with industry • to help research community • to provide feedback and input from research community
What do people need from Academic Portal? • Information in specific research area • new and diverse areas not covered by existing classification and Subject Gateways • (Virtual) Community interaction • Possibility to talk to expert (become bound into community) • to communicate with people • to find colleagues • Video/audio materials • personalised experience • Build personal profiles and exchange of experience and findings • Shared bookmark - to accumulate highly professional experience • Access to Open Research area • Assistive tools • Automatic classification and knowledge mining
Academic Portal as Community Oriented Portal • To build successful Portal you need to find/build proper community • Community membership creates willingness to cooperate in resources and services creation and development • Bottom-up vs Top-down approach • Possibility to communicate between people (community members) • create cooperative environment • virtual (point of) presence • Finding relevant resources in diverse areas • Starting with specific area and specific services in general concept • Ask and propose to users • user needs driven approach
Academic Portal Value-Added Services • Combined with communication between researches • to explore common finding • building virtual community/presence • Knowledge Accumulation and Dissemination • Quality Information Resources enabled by “web-of-trust” • Advertisement from and linkage to the Scientific publishers
Back to Video&Streaming related issues • Overview and Information page http://www.terena.nl/projects/reis/mmis/
Visual Information in Education and Research • Conferences video archives vs Conference Proceedings • Q&A – Parallel sessions – (Parallel conferences) • Devoted lectures/seminars – Ad Hoc topics • Lectures by expert specialists • Exchange with both teacher and auditorium • Distance Education and Training • Courses on demand • Hands-on and practical lessons (e.g., surgery, fiber cabling, etc.) • Virtual classroom • Distinctive features • Live video/speech • Information humanisation/impersonalisation • Still paper-like information vs train-of-thought • Virtual presence
Visual materials Cataloguing/Browsing/Searching/Indexing • Textual description • Content/background/etc. Indexing/Searching • Image patterns • Image layers/Image decomposition • Video snapshots • Embedded/linked description? • Metadata • MPEG7
Video/Multimedia - Access issues • Organisational/University Internet • Home/modem Internet • Wireless/WAP Access • MPEG4 • WAP Gateway to AP • Possibility to browse/preview video/audio information
Educational Video and Streaming Resources on the Internet - Europe • European archive • FUNET-TV - http://tv.funet.fi/index-en.html • SURFnet • Video and Streaming hosting - http://stream.surfnet.nl/ • Live Video broadcast at BELNET - http://sunsite.belnet.be/events/ • University of Namur Educational materials - http://www.info.fundp.ac.be/~infonet/coursenligne/ • Israel - http://www.internet-2.org.il/vod.html • University of Haifa - Weizmann Institute of Science - Ben Gurion University • More – to be descovered!
Educational Video and Streaming resources on the Internet - USA • Internet2 Video Development Initiative - http://www.vide.net/ • ResearchChannel - http://www.researchchannel.com/ • Collaboration to experiment with high bandwidth modes of delivery and exchanges in educational and research-oriented information • Multi-University Research Laboratory Seminar Series - http://murl.microsoft.com/ • MREN/CIC Digital Video Streaming - http://videocharger.mcs.anl.gov/demo.html • University of Washington - ResearchTV - http://www.washington.edu/researchtv/ • EE380 Colloquium at Stanford University Computer Systems Laboratory - http://www.stanford.edu/class/ee380/ • Berkley Multimedia Research Center - http://bmrc.berkeley.edu/index.html
Video and Streaming in Company’s Strategies • IBM Web Lecture Services - http://www-3.ibm.com/services/learning/global/portfolios/weblecture.html • MP3 educational audio from Stardust.com MP3 University - http://www.stardust.com/mp3.htm#Unicast • Directory on Educational Video at Yahoo! Broadcast.com - http://www.broadcast.com/video/Education/
Where are we going to go today? • Promote use of Video and Streaming services/archives • in knowledge rich/generating areas • Among universities and research institutions • Conferences • Extend VoD and Streaming hosting Services • Among NRENs • Maintain Directory of available resources • First try in form of List is at http://www.terena.nl/projects/reis/mmis/ • Add index/description • Develop cataloguing/indexing tools for visual/audio information