The main objective of ECHO (European Chronicles On Line) was to develop a universally deployable software infrastructure for the support of digitized AV archives. The emphasis in the project was thus on non-English language areas. Access to archives in these language areas is often difficult; while the preserved and accessible material is of course no less worthwhile. The second important objective of ECHO is therefore: to achieve cooperation between different audiovisual archives through a joint search structure. By using advanced search options, searching for images is made easy and provided in different ways. For the automatic extraction of annotations, a combination of speech recognition, language interpretation and image recognition is used.
Sound and Vision was involved in formulating user requirements, putting together a suitable corpus in consultation with the other user partners, assisting with the design of a metadata standard and coordinating an extensive evaluation round.
This project was financed within the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Sound and Vision, Memoriav (CH), Istituto Luce (IT), Institut Nationale Audiovisuel (FR), Tecmath, EIT, CNR, CMU, CNRS-LIMSI, ITC-IRST, University of Twente, University of Mannheim