The LinkedTV project endeavours to make available to external parties the tools and services it develops within the research work. While some tools and services are very specific in their implementation to the LinkedTV workflow and data models, others may be more immediately re-usable in other contexts. Certainly, the individual tools and services generally support one specific functionality that is required for LinkedTV, whether it be performing media analyis, annotation, interlinking, personalisation or management. Similarly, some tools and services are open source / public license and we can provide details of the API endpoints or download links for their code; others are subject to the IP of the respective partner. API or software usage is permitted – at least for non-commercial purposes – if the link is provided here, please check the documentation for the precise license under which the tool or service is provided. Other tools and services are listed here without public links, meaning that partners are willing to grant access when contacted by e-mail.
LinkedTV lists, at the time of writing, 16 tools and services at http://www.linkedtv.eu/demos-materials/tools-and-services/, which is not the complete number of tools and services used in the project – however some must be kept private for now, either due to license restrictions or because they are using partner data which can not be made public.
In case anyone was wondering what we all have been doing in LinkedTV since two years, the best way to get a real insight into all the work that has been achieved would be to take a look at our Online Demos page… there we proudly list – currently – twenty six demos which have been produced within this project.
For sure this is not everything that is being done in LinkedTV, simply other tools or services are not yet mature or stable enough for public demonstration – but they will be! We hope you enjoy the demos and get a feeling for the rich and innovative functionalities of LinkedTV.
LinkedTV partners CERTH and EURECOM co-organize the Social Event Detection (SED) task of the
MediaEval 2013 international benchmarking initiative. The SED task requires
participants to discover event-related multimedia and organize them in
event-specific clusters, within a collection of Web multimedia. This year we
had 11 teams from all over the world crossing the task’s finish line, i.e.
submitting results for evaluation. This represents a significant increase
from last year’s 5 participating teams. We look forward to an exciting SED
session at the MediaEval workshop in Barcelona, in mid-October, where the
results of the task will be presented.
LinkedTV partner CERTH also participated to the TRECVID benchmarking activity, in
the tasks of Semantic Indexing (SIN), Multimedia Event Detection (MED) and
Multimedia Event Recounting (MER). In these tasks, new multimedia analysis
techniques developed with support from LinkedTV were tested on large-scale
video datasets. The results of all participants will be discussed at the
TRECVID workshop in November.
We are very happy to participate in these internationally known benchmarking activities, providing a basis for the evaluation of the research work being performed in multimedia (hypervideo) analysis, described here and demonstrated here.
LinkedTV is pleased to confirm its participation in the Exhibition of the EU’s ICT-2013 conference this November in Vilnius, Lithuania.
LinkedTV will demonstrate a system for semi-automatic analysis and annotation of audiovisual material in order for it to be tagged with objects of interest within the video and then enriched with links to online content relevant to those objects. The result is a highly flexible and dynamic interactive video system which can be used both in online video and in Internet Television scenarios.
Our demonstration will show the playout of a broadcaster’s TV program within a LinkedTV-dedicated player, which supports use of the TV remote control to access objects on screen and browse to related links, as well as display of that additional content with a “second screen” mobile device. On demand, LinkedTV representatives on site can go ‘under the hood’ to show specific aspects of the projects innovative technologies: media analysis, semantic annotation and personalisation components integrated into a LinkedTV platform which powers the linked television experience.
While European partners take their holidays during the summer months, LinkedTV as a whole is remaining focused on a major milestone this September. It will mark two years of LinkedTV research and development and, significantly, will see the first working implementations of the LinkedTV platform with a full end-to-end workflow and the LinkedTV player running multiscreen and fed with real data from the platform. This will mark the fruit of all partners’ efforts since October 2011.
So after the summer break, you can look forward to:
and of course much more!
LinkedTV will also be presenting its demonstrators of seamlessly interlinked Web and Television in due course, beginning with its participation at the ICT 2013 Exhibition in Vilnius, November 6-8 2013. We hope to see you there and show you Linked Television!
LinkedTV partner EURECOM has provided details of three demonstrators of LinkedTV technology. As leader of our “Linking video to Web content” workpackage EURECOM is focusing on the challenge to provide fresh and relevant media content to link to from concepts annotated in TV programs.
Its MediaFinder system collects images and video from social networks related to trending topics and automatically creates different visual storyboards that reflect what users have shared about this particular event. A video of MediaFinder in use for Live Topic Generation from Event Streams is also available,
MediaFinder was tested in an experiment that consists in collecting fresh social media posts (posts containing media items) from numerous social platforms in order to generate the story of the “2013 Italian Election” from the crowd point of view. Items are grouped in meaningful time intervals that are further analyzed through deduplication, clusterization, and visual representation. The final output is a storyboard that provides a satirical summary of the elections as perceived by the crowd. The system is publicly available at http://mediafinder.eurecom.fr/story/elezioni2013
As well, Kinect offers a possibility to use simple gestures to “grab” fragments of a TV program and see their enrichments on a second screen device. A demo of this, shown at EuroITV 2013, can be found here.
All LinkedTV demos can be found at http://www.linkedtv.eu/demos-materials/online-demos/
Current research groups and projects aim at defining the future of the TV, taking into consideration the wide spreading use of the second screen, and behavioral and social interaction inherited from highly interactive video games merging with on-demand video services, and complex storytelling technologies out of which creative trains of thoughts emerge. New media artists bring meaning to technologies by adapting or repurposing these, by owning glitches, and by instilling into their artworks cues of social and political issues of the current, past and future days.
The purpose of the MEDIADROM competition is to push the converging boundaries of Internet and TV technologies beyond living rooms. Creative artists are invited to challenge the technologies delivered from the LinkedTV project by imagining scenarios of interactive installations and performances, with rich media content navigation/recomposition, querying the Internet for unexpected connections.
Please consult the contest and submission pages for further information. Deadline for a concept paper is 9 August! Accepted competition finalists will be supported by LinkedTV to present their concept at a MMM2014 special session and to implement it at a dedicated artists residence in Mons, Belgium.
LinkedTV is pleased to have two papers accepted for presentation at this years NEM Summit, taking place in Nantes, France on October 28-30, 2013. NEM Summit is the “not-to-be-missed” annual event for all those interested in Future Internet developments and in the fast paced evolution of the networked and electronic media industry. LinkedTV is pleased to participate as a EU Project heavily focused on realising a vision for the Future Media Web where TV and the Web will be seamlessly interlinked as one single user-viewer experience.
The first paper “From Raw Data to Semantically Enriched Hyperlinking: Recent Advances in the LinkedTV Analysis Workflow” reviews LinkedTV video analysis efforts and presents the recent advances in core technologies for automatic speech recognition and object-redetection. Furthermore, we introduce our approach for an automatically generated
localized person identiﬁcation database. Finally, the processing of the raw data into a linked resource available in a web compliant format is described.
The second paper “Think Before You Link — Meeting Content Constraints when Linking Television to the Web” looks at how automatic enrichment of static videos with Web links, as pursued by LinkedTV, could lead to linking to problematic content and how solutions can be found for this in the context of our interactive news scenario.
LinkedTV is honoured to support the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN), and will be present on the first day, July 3rd, of this year’s conference with both a presentation session and a demos roundtable.
Technology to seamlessly interlink Web and TV content, within and across screens, can also be the basis for new forms of interactive entertainment, especially when combined with the use of Kinect, gesture control, attention and behavioural tracking and so on. Our goal with this day’s events is to present our innovative technology and tools to a creative and artistic audience, learn about how we could support new forms of interactive entertainment, and we will launch an artistic competition for the best idea in this field.
The final program outlines our special session with 5 presentations on: LinkedTV, a video hyperlink editing tool, use of a second screen in Web-enriched broadcasting, multi-screen TV installations and incorporation of attention measurement via Kinect.
This is followed by a demo session with a roundtable for browsing the different demonstrators and engaging in discussion: setting the scene by a presentation of Videodrome – a timeline of Linked Media Events – we will demo the LinkedTV multiscreen video player, the video hyperlink editing tool, the attention tracker, Medianeum (an interactive installation for exploring timelines) and MashtaCycle (improvised audio collage).
Finally, a competition will be launched at INTETAIN 2013 for the best new idea for LinkedTV technology to be applied to interactive entertainment… more details soon! To stay informed, register for and attend INTETAIN next week… and if you can’t, we’ll share updates via Web articles and tweet from @linkedtv.