Archive for the 'Projects' Category

Wikinews interviews Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Wikinews has an interview with Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive. Two quotes are especially interesting: “We want people to make full use of this content, whether they cut and paste it or whether they share it, and we completely accept that we’ve got a bit of a contradiction at the moment by saying [...]

Ourmedia and MIC and IMAP?

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Ourmedia.org announced that it is planning to build a registry of media files, and that it has partnered with Odeo, Buzznet, Brightcove, and Open Media Network to do this. The lack of a union catalog or central repository means that it is a lot harder to find footage than it ought to be; it would [...]

Independent World Television – more citizen media

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Independent World Television wants to build a viewer supported global independent news network (“If half a million people in the entire world contribute just $50, IWTnews will secure the $25 million it needs to fund its first year of broadcasting, in 2007.”) They’ve assembled an impressive list of supporters (from Charles Benton to Gore Vidal), [...]

Report Finds Documentary Film Culture Hurt By Today’s Copyright Law

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

A new report by two American University professors finds that restrictive interpretations of copyright law are distorting the films they do make and changing the kinds of films documentary filmmakers choose to make.

$3mm NDIPP Grant for Television Archiving

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

A partnership between WNET New York and WGBH Boston, the two largest PBS’ program suppliers; PBS; and New York University has received a $2,846,625 grant for digital archiving and preservation. Broadcasting & Cable has the details. Thanks Janet!

Slashdot: Roll Your Own Television Network Using Bittorrent

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

The open source movement wants to build a new televsion broadcasting system, and it looks like it might not be that hard. There’s a long discussion at Slashdot about the feasibility of creating Internet-based television networks based on BitTorrent, with links back to two excellent and impassioned postings by Mark Pesce, along with additional comments [...]

Google for Video from IBM, BBC, CNN & Getty

Friday, October 1st, 2004

ZDnet reports on IBM’s Marvel, a search engine that may not be complete for 3-5 years, but which promises to be able to classify video and audio content for concept based searches. IBM is working with CNN, the BBC, and Getty on to create a vocabulary of search terms. Two thoughts on this: it would [...]

Microsoft’s IPTV Initiative

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Microsoft’s IPTV Initiative made a number of announcements at IBD in this month. Highlights: HD on Windows Media 9, Win CE on set top boxes, and agreements with network operators.

Is Worser Better for Cataloging?

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Cataloging video is hard. The the Moving Image Collections (MIC) and the Independent Media Arts Preservation, Inc. (IMAP)’s cataloging project are both working on cataloging issues, but I wonder if past television guides couldn’t be used for quick and dirty cataloging for large video archives, as is done here at the 9/11 Archive. It would [...]

NARA Awards

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

I’m a little late posting this, but on August 3 NARA announced an award of $20.1 million to Harris and Lockheed for the design of a new electronics records system that is supposed to be able to preserve any type of digital information. CACI, which provided interrogators at Abu Ghraib, is an advisor to NARA [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting