Recent Changes - Search:


edit SideBar


Semantics and Content Handling

25.10.2007, 1415h, UniK, 402(tbd)

Robert Engels, CEO of ESIS will present the use of Semantics in Content handling. He will base his presentation on the use case "digital music archive" from NRK.

Digitizing the complete radio and television broadcasting production process is a major undertaking in many public and commercial broadcasters. Many public broadcasters possess enormous archives often ranging back 60+ years to include pre-WWII sound assets on bakelite, wax and even(!) chocolate. Whereas the older assets show a remarkable resistance against the tooth of time, more modern storage formats like digital video tape, certain CD’s, tapes etc. are not that robust. At NRK (Norwegian National Broadcaster) it is expected that many tapes recorded in the late 80’s and early 90’s cannot be recovered within 5 years if no immediate action is taken and digitzing the assets is considered a correct way of action for preserving assets for the future.

Another effect of digitizing, besides the preservation argument, is that the assets become more easily available, with many manual or labor-intensive steps in a production process eliminated. At NRK it is estimated that during a year of broadcasting a maximum of 5% of all in-house available assets are really used in broadcasting.

Semantic Web technology is primarily used for enclosing the enormous amounts of metadata on music tracks available within the archives so that a larger amount of the “hidden treasures” will be used in broadcasting, potentially providing the broadcaster with an advantage over the competition, being better informed and more interesting.

Further information:

Prior to the colloqium we will discuss with Robert our work on Semantic Identity (

Edit - History - Print - Recent Changes - Search
Page last modified on September 24, 2007, at 02:49 PM EST