Book chapter presents LinkedTV semantic user profiling and personalisation of TV content enrichment

A book titled “Semantic Multimedia Analysis and Processing” was published by CRC Press in June 2014, containing a LinkedTV chapter on “When TV Meets the Web: Towards Personalised Digital Media”.

The book, edited by E. Spyrou, D. Iakovidis and Ph. Mylonas, provides a complete reference of techniques, algorithms, and solutions for the design and the implementation of contemporary multimedia systems. The “When TV Meets the Web: Towards Personalised Digital Media” chapter of it focuses on personalized content delivery in the networked media domain.

The chapter presents a comprehensive overview of research in the field of capturing and representing user preferences and context, and an overview of relevant digital media-specific personalized recommendation techniques. Subsequently, it describes the vision and first personalization approach adopted within the LinkedTV project, for profiling and contextualizing users, and providing targeted information and content in a linked media environment.

This book chapter is the joint work of LinkedTV partners CERTH, Univ. Mons, UEP and MODUL Univ. Vienna.

@CERTHEllas releases new version (V1.2) of their video temporal segmentation software for #videoanalysis

LinkedTV partner CERTH (Thessaloniki, Greece) just publicly released version 1.2 of its software for the automatic temporal segmentation of videos. This extends the previous versions by integrating algorithms for video scene segmentation and keyframe selection (up to 5 most representative keyframes of each scene are identified), on top of the segmentation to shots that is also performed by the released software. The new algorithmic additions do not affect the processing speed, which remains at least 2-3 times faster than real-time processing (depending on the processing capability of the graphics card) for the entire video analysis chain (i.e., shot segmentation, scene segmentation and keyframe selection).

The development and release of this software was supported by EU research projects LinkedTV and MediaMixer ( Read more about research on hypervideo analysis in LinkedTV as well as check out several video analysis demonstrators.

The software is available for download at

Related technical papers:

- E. Apostolidis, V. Mezaris, “Fast Shot Segmentation Combining Global and Local Visual Descriptors”, Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Florence, Italy, May 2014. (available at

- P. Sidiropoulos, V. Mezaris, I. Kompatsiaris, H. Meinedo, M. Bugalho, I. Trancoso, “Temporal video segmentation to scenes using high-level audiovisual features”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 1163-1177, August 2011. (available at

Related demos:

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Tutorial at @iswc2014 on Remixing Media on the Web will be given by @linkedtv in October – registration now open

LinkedTV is pleased to announce an opportunity in October to learn about the semantic technologies for multimedia annotation and re-use which are being used in the project to implement Linked Television.

During the International Semantic Web Conference 2014 (ISWC2014) this October 2014, LinkedTV will deliver a half day tutorial entitled “Remixing media on the (semantic) Web”. This tutorial will look at tools and services to semantically annotate online media and use those annotations for online retrieval and re-use based on a number of emerging web specifications and technologies. We will focus on means to annotate spatial and temporal fragments of media assets with Linked Data concepts, how to use those annotations to discover types of relevancy between distinct media assets and development of applications using discovered links between annotated media to provide enhanced user services.

We welcome all Linked Data and Semantic Web researchers and practitioners who are interested in how semantic approaches may be applied to non-textual media on the Web.

ISWC registration is open – find out more about the tutorial schedule and speakers at 

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@FraunhoferIAIS publishes article on linking television with the Internet picked up by @handelsblatt @wiwo @physorg_com @worldnewsdotcom

Project coordinator Fraunhofer IAIS has published an article about LinkedTV in their latest newsletter edition – “Research News” (July 2014) which came out on July 1st. Immediately afterwards some German and also international press has reported about the project. The article reports on how researchers are seamlessly connecting TV offerings with the Internet and how audiences will benefit from an informative and personalized viewing experience through the LinkedTV project.

You can find the article in German and English here:

And here some links to first press coverage:
We’re excited to make people more aware of the potential and benefits of Linked Television as we approach public demos at IFA 2014 and IBC 2014 this September!
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LinkedTV at ACM #TVX2014 showing Linked Television as a new form of TV and online video interactive experience

LinkedTV, as a leading EU research project in the area of TV-Web convergence and future forms of interactive television,
is pleased to be present at this weeks ACM TVX 2014 conference with 1 conference paper, 1 work in progress poster, 1 workshop demo and 1 conference demo.

ACM TVX 2014, formerly EuroITV, is the key conference in this area, bringing together researchers and industry practitioners to
present, discuss and explore new forms of interactive experience for television and online video.

It all starts Wednesday at the Workshop on Interactive Content Consumption (WSICC), which LinkedTV’s workshop series on
Future Television was merged into this year, where our Media Arts scenario represented by University of Mons is
giving a multimodal, interactive demo on the “Social Documentary: An interactive and evolutive installation to
explore crowd-source media content”.

Then on Thursday in the main conference session on “Consumption: Multiple Screens and Attention” joint work between
LinkedTV partner University of Mons and an external partner will present results on “Visual Attention Measures for
Multi-Screen TV”. This is an important contribution on visual attention for multi-screen TV applications, such as
could be built using LinkedTV’s own Multi-Screen Toolkit.

Later in the Work in Progress poster session, scientific coordinator Dr Lyndon Nixon (MODUL University) will be
present with the LinkedTV poster and showing LinkedTV, seamlessly integrating TV programming with related Web
content. It just gets better, since after that session and during the drinks reception, LinkedTV will be giving one
of the accepted demos, with Lilia Perez Romero (CWI) and Dr Nixon to hand to demonstrate linked television with
news (RBB) content.

LinkedTV looks forward to meeting interested researchers and practitioners in Newcastle at the very first ACM TVX 2014!

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Orwellian Video Recommendation: LinkedTV partner demo at #PAIS2014 #ECAI2014

LinkedTV is pleased to announce that project partner UEP (University of Economics Prague) has had a system demo accepted at the Conference on Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems – PAIS 2014 taking place on 20–21 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic co-located with the 21st European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2014) with the intriguing title of

“Kinect Eye: Orwellian Video Recommendation”

A public screencast is available!


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Social Events in Web Multimedia workshop @ICMR2014 proceedings published

The Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Social Events in Web Multimedia @ ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 2014) (Glasgow, UK, April 1-4, 2014), which was co-organized by EU projects MediaMixer, LinkedTV and SocialSensor, are now publicly accessible from the workshop’s web site (direct link to the proceedings: ). 

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LinkedTV with FOUR papers at #LREC2014 reflects relevance of this domain to Linked Television

The LinkedTV project is pleased to be present at the 9th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014, 26-31 May, Reykjavik, Iceland) with no less than FOUR accepted papers! We warmly congratulate our LinkedTV partners and wish them the very best for their time at the conference! This reflects the cutting edge research on topics relevant to that domain which also form part of the innovative solution being created by partners for “Linked Television”, such as improving Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), keyword detection from text and Named Entity Recognition (NER). 

  • T. Kliegr., O. Zamazal Towards Linked Hypernyms Dataset 2.0: complementing DBpedia with hypernym discovery
  • M. Stadtschnitzer, J. Schwenninger, D. Stein and J. Köhler. Exploiting the large-scale German Broadcast Corpus to boost the Fraunhofer IAIS Speech Recognition System
  • Giuseppe Rizzo, Marieke van Erp and Raphaël Troncy. Benchmarking the Extraction and Disambiguation of Named Entities on the Semantic Web
  • T. Kliegr, V. Zeman, M. Dojchinovski. Linked Hypernyms Dataset – Generation Framework and Use Cases. (In the Linguistic Linked Data Challenge)
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All slides from our #lime2014 workshop about #LinkedMedia at #eswc2014 now online

The 2nd Linked Media workshop gathered 20 participants – possibly the best attended workshop at ESWC 2014 – for a great set of presentations and good discussions in-between and at the end. With thanks to all presenters, we have now embedded all workshop presentation slides on the LIME 2014 webpage.


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Survey of Online Tools for Semantic Media Annotation – LinkedTV leads the way

Presented today by LinkedTV scientific co-ordinator Lyndon Nixon at the 2nd Linked Media workshop during ESWC2014, the Survey of Semantic Media Annotation Tools considered current tools and services available to those interested in generating interoperable rich (semantic) descriptions of their media at the fragment level. LinkedTV has published the slides to SlideShare:

The Linked Media principles consider consensus on the approach to metadata for online media as vital if access to and re-use of Web based media is to prove as successful as the text based Web, where HTML enabled Web browsers to have a common understanding of descriptions of Web pages. Those principles cover

Since LinkedTV work on media annotation and linking is driven by the same partners who are promoting the vision of Linked Media, it is not surprising that it is LinkedTV outputs such as NERD, TV2RDF and the Editor Tool which are closest to those principles and can be part of a technology stack which can enable media owners to generate Web-ready media annotations which can be used by applications for media retrieval, browsing and enrichment.


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