LinkedTV recently completed its first year of activities and published its first annual periodic report. This report reveals the key achievements of the project in its first year and reflects the high amount of progress that has been made in all areas of the project's research and development.
LinkedTV's aim is to link television to the web and perform research in the areas of video analysis, semantic annotation, user interfaces and personalisation. On top of the advances in these separate domain, the architecture of the LinkedTV platform has been agreed upon and the first components have been integrated. There already is a working front end video player and the project's participants have been able to demonstrate working versions of the LinkedTV scenarios.
Key points from the first year periodic report are:
- new video analysis algorithms that were developed and benchmarked at the TRECVID Multimedia Event Detection task;
- media fragments that were established as the very basis of LinkedTV: a first LinkedTV ontology was specified for the semantic description of media and a framework for enriching video with further content was specified;
- the user interfaces for LinkedTV were sketched and realised in a first prototype LinkedTV presentation engine;
- for personalisation of the LinkedTV experience, a User Model Ontology has been defined and a prototype Personalisation Filter was implemented;
- a platform architecture is agreed upon and the first implementation of a front end LinkedTV interactive video player has been completed;
- two scenarios for LinkedTV – personalised news and a cultural heritage scenario based on the Dutch antiques roadshow Tussen kunst & kitsch - have been described;
- a market analysis for the exploitation of LinkedTV technology has been performed.
All in all, the LinkedTV team looks back proudly upon the first year working together and see many exciting developments for the coming working years – including advanced video analysis, the first component for automatically linking video to related content, further developments in the UI design (including for second screen), integration of the personalisation filters and the development of an editing tool for content owners to control the enrichment of their content. All of this forms part of an end-to-end workflow that can be realised in the LinkedTV platform and resulting in play-out of enriched videos on a LinkedTV player.
More to come
Online demos will showcase this experience in the context of personalised news (RBB) and cultural heritage (Sound and Vision) scenarios. We expect that the coming year will be even more exciting for LinkedTV, so subscribe to the LinkedTV newsfeed or Twitter to stay up-to-date and check out the demos & publications to get more insight into LinkedTV's developments.