The Institute of Sound and Vision presents Mind of the Universe: Open Source Distribution of Public Broadcasting at SXSW

Monday is Media Innovations day at the New Dutch Wave House during SXSW. Dutch Media Innovator Sound and Vision presents an open access platform they've developped for the TV series The Mind of the Universe.

The Mind of the Universe is a 10-episode tv series and open source digital platform about the rapid evolution of our knowledge. It explores the human destiny and the world of tomorrow through the eyes of great minds from all continents all over the globe.

The Mind of the Universe is a unique and unprecedented in its scope and intention to provide all raw footage for free to be used and reused by everyone interested in learning and knowledge. The interviews were produced by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO for a tv series featuring the renowned scientist Robbert Dijkgraaf.

To support distribution of the series beyond traditional broadcasting VPRO invited the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to build an open access video platform. This platform provides access to the raw footage created for the series. Sound and Vision supplied segmentation and annotation tools to editors at VPRO to provide topical access to the material. This allows users to find and navigate the material based on their own specific interest within science as a broader topic. It also connects the various interviews across the series based on these topics, making implicit connections in the series as broadcasted explicit on the web.

Join us in the New Dutch Wave House on Monday March 13th for this presentation that highlights the distribution strategy that the creators of the series pursue through this open access platform. It goes on to explain the mechanisms behind it. And finally it explores how the same mechanisms can be applied to different subject matter and what next steps in the development of open source video distribution could be.

Speaker: Johan Oomen, Manager Research and Development Department at the Institute of Sound and Vision

The Knowledge and Innovation department initiates, encourages and facilitates research and innovation in the different domains in which Sound and Vision is active. Besides being a manager at Sound and Vision, Johan is also a researcher at the Web and Media research group at the VU University in Amsterdam. There he explores the relationship between online public participation and online cultural heritage. He is a board member of CLICKNL, the innovation network of the creative industries, and of the pan-European heritage initiative Europeana.

Johan was involved from the outset in EUscreen, Europeana Sounds and Open Cultuur Data; expert communities working on the online availability of digital heritage. He's studied Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and has worked for RTL Netherlands and the British Universities Film and Video Council.

Join us! 

Session: Smart Tools for Integration of Web and TV Data
Location: Barbarella plenary room
Date: Monday March 13th
Time: 10.00-12.00 am

Johan Oomen is also talking about Interactive Media Preservation at the SXSW Convention Center.

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