Audiovisual Archive Exploitation in the Networked Information Society
Roeland Ordelman, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision & University of Twente, The Netherlands

Safeguarding the massive body of audiovisual content, including rich music collections, in audiovisual archives and enabling access for various types of user groups is a prerequisite for unlocking the social-economic value of these collections. Data quantities and the need for specific content descriptors however, force archives to re-evaluate their annotation strategies and access models, and incorporate technology in the archival workflow. It is argued that this can only be successfully done provided that user requirements are studied well and that new approaches are introduced in a well-balanced manner, fitting in with traditional archival perspectives, and by bringing the archivist in the technology loop by means of education and by deploying hybrid work-flows for technology aided annotation.

Roeland Ordelman is senior researcher Multimedia Retrieval at University of Twente (PhD, 2003), manager R&D at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and founder of a start-up company for audio search technology, Cross Media Interaction (X-MI). He is co-organizer of the Rich Speech Retrieval task in the MediaEval benchmark evaluation series. The main focus of his work is on deploying state-of-the-art access technology in real-life scenarios aiming to enhance the exploitability of audiovisual content for various types of user groups such as professional archivists, broadcast professionals, researchers, and home users. Recent projects are among others AXES (Access to Audiovisual Archives), LiWA (internet archiving), Verteld Verleden (distributed access to Oral History) and COMMIT (rich speech retrieval).

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