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[MM] Media production house usecase

From: Giorgos Stamou <gstam@softlab.ntua.gr>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 22:16:39 +0300
Message-Id: <200510171917.j9HJHmje009933@kane.otenet.gr>
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Cc: "'John R Smith'" <jsmith@us.ibm.com>, "'Jane Hunter'" <jane@dstc.edu.au>, <raphael.troncy@isti.cnr.it>, "'Christian Halaschek-Wiener'" <halasche@cs.umd.edu>
Dear all


Here is the description of the media production usecase slightly changed.
Now, I think it is more clear. In my opinion this usecase is very important
and clearly shows off the need for semantic multimedia annotation. There are
several archives providing, through the web, the information needed in the
media production line. Moreover, media production houses have lately started
to digitize and electronically archive their content and very soon it is
expected that they will also provide their content through the web for
external use. I would like to mention that we have personal experience since
our laboratory have constructed multimedia databases for media production
companies in Greece and web-based applications for retrieval). The photos I
send to Nikos in order to use it for the benchmarking process, have been
taken from one of these companies (under their permission).



A media production house requires several web services in order to organize
and implement its projects. Usually, the pre-production and production start
from location, people, image and footage search and retrieval in order to
speed up the process and reduce as much as possible the cost of the
production. For that reason some production houses maintain multimedia
databases containing this information. Moreover, image and video banks,
location management databases, casting houses etc provide services selling
the above information through the web. The producers, location managers,
casting managers and other people from the media company involved in the
production process, are looking in the above archives in order to find the
appropriate resources for their project. In general, the databases contain
images from the locations, models, footage etc with metadata
(administrative, structural, descriptive etc) providing information like the
age of the model, the lighting condition of the location etc, used in the
searching process. The quality of this search and retrieval process directly
affects the quality of the service that the archives provide to the users.
In order to facilitate the above process, the annotation of the image
content should make use of the Semantic Web technologies, also following the
multimedia standards in order to be interoperable with other archives. Using
for example the tools described below, people that archives the content in
the media production chain can provide all the necessary information
(administrative, structural and descriptive metadata) in a standard form
(RDF, OWL) that will be easily accessible for other people over the web.
Using the Semantic Web standards, the archiving, search and retrieval
processes will then make use of semantic vocabularies (ontologies)
describing information concerning the structure of the content from thematic
categories to description of the main objects appearing in the content with
its main visual characteristics etc. In this way, multimedia archives will
make their content easily accessible over the web, providing a unified
framework for media production resource allocation.






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