Archive for the 'Digital Media' Category

New Journal of Physics Now Includes Video Abstracts

Posted in Digital Media, Scholarly Journals on February 6th, 2011

The New Journal of Physics, an open access journal, now includes video abstracts.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

New Journal of Physics (NJP) has today announced the launch of video abstracts as a new integrated content stream that will give all authors the opportunity to go beyond the constraints of the written article to personally present the importance of their work to the journal's global audience.

Early contributions include videos from the groups of David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology and J. Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, talking about scalable ion traps for quantum information processing, and quantum superposition of living organisms. Researchers from more than 25 countries are represented by the videos abstracts that are published today.

One of the first contributors, Neil Wilson of the University of Warwick, UK, said of the service "We are very excited to have the opportunity to feature a video abstract alongside our NJP article. Embracing the possibilities of online media in this way allows us to present our work as we see it, and helps focus interested readers on what we believe the key points to be. We hope that being able to put faces to names, and visualize some of the research in action, will add a human touch and so help the scientific community to grow closer." His video on the structure and topography of free-standing chemically modified graphene can be viewed at

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    "100 Million Hours of Audiovisual Content: Digital Preservation and Access in the PrestoPRIME Project"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on May 13th, 2010

    Matthew Addis et al. have self-archived "100 Million Hours of Audiovisual Content: Digital Preservation and Access in the PrestoPRIME Project" in the ECS EPrints Repository.

    Here's an excerpt:

    We report the preliminary results of PrestoPRIME, an EU FP7 integrated project, including audiovisual (AV) archives, academics and industrial partners, focused on long-term digital preservation of AV media objects and on ways to increase access by integrating media archives with European on-line digital libraries, specifically Europeana. Project outcomes will result in tools and services to ensure the permanence of digital AV content in archives, libraries, museums and other collections, enabling long-term future access in dynamically changing contexts. PrestoPRIME has a special focus on digital preservation in broadcast environments, where very large files of digital video must be preserved at high quality (suitable for future re-use in an AV production environment) in affordable distributed and federated archives. The adoption of standard solutions for digital preservation processes (metadata representation, content storage, digital rights government, search and access) enables the interoperability of the proposed preservation framework and guidelines. OAIS model was chosen for the reference architecture, METS is adopted as wrapper for metadata representation, while relevant standards (e.g. W3C, ISO/IEC and others) are used for content and rights description. Project outcomes will be delivered through a European networked Competence Centre, to gather knowledge and deliver advanced digital preservation advice and services in conjunction with Europeana and other initiatives.

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      A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives: 10 Recommendations for Codec Selection and Management

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on April 12th, 2010

      AudioVisual Preservation Solutions has released A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives: 10 Recommendations for Codec Selection and Management.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      One area of great concern for the integrity and persistence of digital audio and video files is the selection of file formats and codecs… Though this is also an area where there is a great lack of certainty and clarity on the issue.

      This paper by Chris Lacinak lays out a clear explanation of what codecs are, how they are used, and what their selection and application means to archives. Also provided are 10 recommendations that will help you in the selection and management of codecs in an archival setting.

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        Digging into Data Challenge Projects Funded

        Posted in Digital Media, Grants, Mass Digitizaton on December 4th, 2009

        JISC has announced that eight projects have been awarded Digging into Data Challenge grants.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        "Data mining and analysis are not just for scientists" is the message coming strongly out of an international JISC-funded competition, the "Digging into Data Challenge."

        Entrants have been challenged to answer the question "what would you do with a million books? Or a million pages of newspapers? Or a million photographs of artworks?" That is, how can analysis done over immense quantities of digital data be employed in humanities and social science research? What would you do with a million books? Or a million pages of newspapers? Or a million photographs of artworks?

        Eight international research teams from the UK, US and Canada will be using a variety of data analysis tools to demonstrate that techniques currently used in the sciences can leverage open, new avenues for scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

        The winners of the competition are announced today by the four leading research agencies sponsoring the competition: JISC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), both of the United States.

        Investment from the four agencies together amounts to over a million pounds, allowing new links to be forged across the different countries, as well as breaking down disciplinary boundaries.

        Here are the funded projects

        • Data Mining with Criminal Intent: George Mason University, University of Alberta, and University of Hertfordshire
        • Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions: Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of Sheffield
        • Digging into the Enlightenment: Mapping the Republic of Letters: University of Oklahoma, University of Oxford, and Stanford University
        • Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web: McGill University and Cornell University
        • Mining a Year of Speech: University of Oxford and University of Pennsylvania
        • Railroads and the Making of Modern America—Tools for Spatio-Temporal Correlation, Analysis, and Visualization: University of Portsmouth and University of Nebraska-Lincoln
        • Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Southampton, and McGill University
        • Towards Dynamic Variorum Editions: Mount Allison University, Imperial College, London, and Tufts University
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          Multimedia Deposits: Complications and Considerations with Intellectual Property Rights

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Media, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on December 2nd, 2009

          The Welsh Repository Network has released Multimedia Deposits: Complications and Considerations with Intellectual Property Rights .

          Here's an excerpt:

          The purpose of this learning object is to explore the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) that may be within multimedia items, and to highlight some of the complications and considerations that need to be taken into account before a deposit of this type can be made into a repository.

          Following two short introductions to multimedia and to copyright, questions are then posed on some of the details of copyright within varying item types. Feedback on, and an explanation to, the question's answers are given. Also included is a short exercise looking at what needs to be taken into consideration before allowing a performance video item into a repository. The learning object concludes with a look at Performers' Rights and highlights what repository staff should be aware of in regard to this IPR within potential repository deposits.

          Also available as a Zip file.

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            Indiana University Bloomington Media Preservation Survey

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on October 1st, 2009

            Indiana University Bloomington has released its Media Preservation Survey.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The survey task force recommends a number of actions to facilitate the time-critical process of rescuing IUB’s audio, video, and film media.

            • Appoint a campus-wide taskforce to advise
              • the development of priorities for preservation action
              • the development of a campus-wide preservation plan
              • how units can leverage resources for the future
            • Create a centralized media preservation and digitization center that will serve the entire campus, using international standards for preservation transfer. As part of the planning for this center, hire a
              • media preservation specialist
              • film archivist
            • Develop special funding for the massive and rapid digitization of the treasures of IU over the next 10 years.
            • Create a centralized physical storage space appropriate for film, video, and audio.
            • Provide archival appraisal and control across campus to
              • assure quality of digitization for preservation
              • oversee plans for maintaining original media
            • Develop cataloging services for special collections to improve intellectual control to
              • accelerate research opportunities
              • improve access.
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              CONTENTdm Image Viewer: dmMonocle 1.0 Released

              Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media, Open Source Software on September 30th, 2009

              The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries have released dmMonocle 1.0.

              Here's an excerpt from the project page:

              dmMonocle is a stand-alone image viewer for CONTENTdm® collections, intended as a replacement for the default image viewer provided with CONTENTdm® 4.x and 5.x. The goal of the project is to make CONTENTdm® images, such as photos, maps, and scanned documents, easier to view and navigate. dmMonocle is written in JavaScript using jQuery, and provides patrons with the ability to zoom, pan, and rotate images on the fly without reloading the entire page. dmMonocle slices up large images into smaller square tiles, loading only the tiles in the visible area, much like Google Maps. In addition to the improved main viewing area, dmMonocle provides a thumbnail-sized navigator, showing patrons which part of the larger image they are viewing. The navigator may also be used to quickly move around an image

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                "Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections"

                Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media on September 16th, 2009

                JISC Digital Media has released "Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections."

                Here's an excerpt :

                Everyone's collection and context is unique, so your choice of a system (or systems) for managing your media will require a careful assessment of your needs and resources and an evaluation of the available options. This paper provides an overview of a number of different approaches to digital media management: from some very cheap and 'low-tech' approaches to much more complex and specialised solutions. Another paper in this series discusses some of the commonly available functionality in more detail and raises some key questions to consider when choosing a system . . .

                We have given more than thirty examples of systems below, with links to further descriptions on JISC Digital Media's website or to external sites. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive or to imply any sort of endorsement or criticism: they are offered for information purposes only. This is a competitive and fast-changing environment, in which new versions are pushed out, new systems emerge, and last year's cutting-edge features become standard issue.

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                  Omeka Image Annotation Plugin 1.0 Beta

                  Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Media, Museums, Open Source Software on June 24th, 2009

                  The Center for History and New Media, George Mason University has released the Image Annotation Plugin 1.0 beta for Omeka.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Have you ever wanted to annotate your images on Omeka like you can on Flickr?

                  Now you can with the beta release of Omeka's Image Annotation plugin! Using an adaptation of Chris Woods' jQuery plugin, jquery-image-annotate, Omeka's new Image Annotation plugin allows users to add textual annotations to images. To add an image annotation, users select a region of the image and then attach a textual description.

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                    Sound Archives Film Image Repository Project: SAFIR Final Report

                    Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on May 19th, 2009

                    JISC has released the Sound Archives Film Image Repository Project's SAFIR Final Report.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The SAFIR project has achieved what it set out to do, to begin the task of building a multimedia repository infrastructure for the University of York. The project has successfully implemented software for the storage layer (Fedora Commons), along with an interface (Muradora) and has populated that repository with a pilot collection of images. It has implemented a degree of access control, developed metadata profiles, recommendations, policies, licences and copyright clearance procedures, implemented a basic level of interoperability and gathered knowledge and expertise. SAFIR has been a success although there is much more work ahead at York. There is a balance to be struck between taking time to consult and absorb best practice in order to make the best, sustainable decisions and the pressures of immediate needs and project deadlines. Having a JISC deadline has kept the project focussed and although we have tried to ensure that the right decisions were made, we may have sacrificed "best possible" in order to meet an immediate need, for example in our metadata profile decisions or our use of Muradora as an interface. In choosing open source software, in particular Fedora Commons, our development and implementation path is made longer, but the benefits of increased flexibility, building sustainable in-house skill and working in the wider context were seen to outweigh the benefits offered by a commercial solution. Whether this was the right decision remains to be seen, but the enthusiasm and commitment of the Digital Library team have galvanised around that decision. We have already faced a number of technical delays because of unforeseeable issues with the software and we must continue to ensure that sufficient development time is allocated to tasks. We have significant concerns about the maturity and support of some of the software tested for the project. Managing expectations and working with users is an ongoing process and requires significant attention.

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                      djatoka Version 1.1/djatoka Viewer Version 2.0 Released

                      Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on May 11th, 2009

                      djatoka version 1.1 and djatoka Viewer version 2.0 have been released.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      djatoka is a Java-based open source image server with an attractive basic feature set and extensibility under control of the community of implementers. Off-the-shelf, djatoka provides compression and region extraction of JPEG 2000 images, URI-addressability of regions, and support for a rich set of input/output image formats (e.g., BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, PNM, TIF, JPEG 2000). djatoka also comes with a plug-in framework that allows transformations to be applied to regions and resolutions (e.g., watermarking).

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                        Presentations from SCARP Workshop: Building and Curating Online Video Corpora

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Digital Repositories on April 28th, 2009

                        Presentations from the SCARP Workshop: Building and Curating Online Video Corpora are now available.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        This was a meeting of researchers and stakeholders in data service provision to discuss curation issues raised in our SCARP case study on the roles and re-usability of video data in social studies of interaction. This event aimed to raise mutual awareness of research communities' practices and needs for archiving, sharing and re-using digital video data; and identify how local and national research data services may contribute to the infrastructure for video data curation.

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