LinkedTV @EBU_TECH on #HbbTV 2.0 for linking Television and the Web, whether #smarttv #secondscreen or #multiscreen

See and hear Linked Television at next month’s EBU BroadThinking 2015 event!

With the recent launch of HbbTV 2.0, the SmartTV standard for broadcasters to deliver Internet based services alongside their broadcast programming, this is the perfect moment for the LinkedTV project to show broadcasters its innovative technology solution to analyse and annotate TV programs. LinkedTV enables TV enrichment, i.e. temporal segments of programs may be linked to related content from the Web about the topics and objects that occur therein. Combined with HbbTV 2.0, broadcasters can offer this added value content as part of their existing broadcast channels and viewers can access and browse enrichments on a connected second screen without needing to download any applications or purchase any additional hardware.

LinkedTV will present in the Application Showcases slot on 18 March 2015 under the title “Linking the Web seamlessly with broadcast TV: issues and lessons learnt”. This talk will reflect on the issues we experienced in implementing Linked Television for broadcast TV and how HbbTV 2.0 can facilitate broadcasters in offering Linked Television.

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#eurtech15 EuropeanaTech talk on linking art objects in TV to #Europeana content on a #secondscreen

On 12-13 February 2015 LinkedTV participated at the EuropeanaTech Conference in Paris with its contribution on LinkedCulture: linking related art objects with a cultural heritage TV program using the Europeana API.

LinkedTV works on synchronized delivery of Web content related to objects and topics present in a parallel online television program, which we call “Linked Television”. An “ignite talk” (slides below) explained our LinkedCulture prototype which enhances the Dutch TV program Tussen Kunst et Kitsch (with a similar format to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) with links to art objects from Europeana similar to the art object being discussed in the show, displayed and browseable on a second screen such as a laptop or tablet alongside the TV viewing. A poster explained the technical developments of the LinkedTV project which make LinkedCulture possible.

Thanks to Johan Oomen for giving the talk, Lyndon Nixon for accompanying the poster and Lotte Belice Baltussen for continual support!

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@LinkedTV Multimedia Analysis REST service provides powerful content processing for your TV & video material

In order that the LinkedTV Platform is able to produce rich metadata descriptions of ingested video, LinkedTV has been working on providing a wide range of multimedia analytics techniques to fragment video, label fragments with concepts and extract textual metadata from audio and image. These techniques have been combined into a single Web service which is available to the Platform via a REST API. A new video has been produced to describe the latest version of this Web service covering methods for chapter and topic segmentation, scene and shot detection, concept extraction and audio processing. For more information or access to these multimedia analytics capabilities, please contact our project partner CERTH-ITI (Evlampios Apostolidis, apostolid AT iti DOT gr).

LinkedTV Multimedia Analysis REST Service: Video Demo from Linked Television on Vimeo.

Congrats to Linked TV News, winning an honorary mention at the Design Biennial, now touring Spain and Latin America

At the Ibero American Biennial of Design (BID) in Madrid, LinkedTV researchers Lilia Perez and Michiel Hildebrand from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, have been awarded a honorary mention in the category Digital Design for the concept and interaction design of Linked TV News. Linked TV News is a second screen companion for watching the news based on semantic web technologies.

Linked TV news was selected out of six hundred submissions and reached the top 5 in its category. As a consequence the project will be featured in the international exhibition of the Biennial that will be shown until 28 February 2015 in Madrid. Following this, the collection will tour throughout Spain and several Latin American countries to be shown in design and art museums and venues. See the winning application in the video below:

LinkedTV News Final English version-HD from Linked Television on Vimeo.

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Deadline extended to 31.1. for the 3rd #LinkedMedia workshop @WWWfirenze

LinkedTV is pleased to announce an extension to the submission deadline of our third international Linked Media workshop to January 31!

Taking place on May 18, 2015 it is co-located with the globe’s most important annual Web conference, WWW 2015, this time in Florence, Italy.

LinkedTV supports the so-called principles of Linked Media, which are to publicly publish online multimedia descriptions in a semantic and structured fashion so that Web agents may be able to retrieve and re-use online media in new applications and services. The workshop will give researchers and practitioners the chance to present and discuss developments in this domain, whether annotation models for online media, retrieval and re-use of online media, or application and service innovations and business opportunities for Linked Media.

The workshop submission details are on its webpage http://www.linkedtv.eu/event/lime2015/.

 

 

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@LinkedTV wishes all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Like everyone else, the LinkedTV partners will now take their Christmas and New Year break and return refreshed in 2015 to complete the last three months of the LinkedTV project. It should be an exciting time, with all the technologies and services being finalised, evaluations, public and private releases, online trials of the LinkedTV experience, final dissemination actions and exploitation plans. Join us again next year and in the meantime remind yourself of what LinkedTV is and does at our Public Showcases page!

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Join the 3rd #LinkedMedia workshop @WWWfirenze for #LOD + #Multimedia! Deadline 24/1.

LinkedTV is pleased to announce the third international Linked Media workshop!

Taking place on May 18, 2015 it is co-located with the globe’s most important annual Web conference, WWW 2015, this time in Florence, Italy.

LinkedTV supports the so-called principles of Linked Media, which are to publicly publish online multimedia descriptions in a semantic and structured fashion so that Web agents may be able to retrieve and re-use online media in new applications and services. The workshop will give researchers and practitioners the chance to present and discuss developments in this domain, whether annotation models for online media, retrieval and re-use of online media, or application and service innovations and business opportunities for Linked Media.

The workshop submission details are on its webpage http://www.linkedtv.eu/event/lime2015/.

 

 

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LinkedTV demonstration of LinkedCulture: a companion application with related cultural information during Tussen Kunst & Kitsch

With the kind permission of AVROTROS, LinkedTV has implemented a companion screen application for watching episodes of the Dutch TV program “Tussen Kunst und Kitsch” and providing viewers direct access to relevant related information about the art objects being discussed in the program. Viewing can be done on the main TV screen while exploring information on the second screen, and art objects and their associated information can be bookmarked to return to later.

See the video:

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Social Documentary – a media artist installation in Istanbul imagining Linked Television in other ways

Social Documentary is an artistic installation to navigate in a collection of crowd-sourced videos which has been produced in collaboration with LinkedTV. Those videos are related to the events that happened at Gezi Park (Istanbul) in June 2013.

The visitors are invited to interact with the installation by choosing keywords through the manipulation of three cubes. Each cube represents a class of keywords (people, action, emotion). As the videos are cut into segments and tagged with the same keywords, the system will automatically choose the most relevant video according to the position of the cubes. A Kinect-based system allows us to track the two closest visitors’ faces and infer on their interest for the played video. The more the visitors are interested, the higher is the probability to display this video to the next visitors, like in recommendation system on video broadcast platforms. In this way, the installation evolves with its public. Some segments will emerge from the others as the “most popular”.

Social Documentary – a multimodal interactive TV installation from Linked Television on Vimeo.

This video presents the public exhibit which completed a one week workshop that took place in August 2014, at BüyükAyi atelier, Istanbul. This workshop has boosted up the physical realisation of the project. In one week, the interaction table has been rebuilt from a former one coming from a previous BüyükAyi project, all the equipment has been included in it and the software parts have been upgraded. For example, a lot of filtering has been added to avoid false marker detection or loss of people tracking in the Interest Tracker software. The public presentation brought about twenty people to the BüyükAyi place, most of them were from artists’ circles but we also welcomed some tourists intrigued by the event. In general, the installation intrigued the visitors and they spent a few minutes playing with it. Some of them came to us with ideas to improve it; the most recurrent idea was to take a better advantage of the second screen. We will work on this direction by incorporating multimedia content coming from LinkedTV enrichment services.

The artists would like to present this installation in other places in Istanbul, like art galleries or museums and in conferences on human-machine interaction but no date has been set yet. Nevertheless, this installation should be easy to reproduce and all the sources are freely available on github (https://github.com/Zarfab/SocialDocumentary). We hope other people will build their own and present other type of multimedia content.

For further information, feel free to contact us:

Fabien Grisard : fabien.grisard@umons.ac.be

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How do we annotate TV programs and use annotations to link to related content? (#dwerft talk by @lyndonjbnixon)

Last week LinkedTV scientific co-ordinator Dr Lyndon Nixon spoke as invited speaker at the d-werft conference in Potsdam, Germany where he outlined the LinkedTV approach to annotating TV programming and using that annotation to generate links from parts of the TV programme to related content on the Web. Check out the slides below:

 

 

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