Multimedia access & exchange (phase 1)
|Long Title:||The management of academic multimedia content for long term access and inter-institutional exchange (Educast phase 1)|
Université de Genève
Haute École Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale
SWITCH - Teleinformatikdienste für Lehre und Forschung
|Project Leader:||O. A. Schulte|
|Deputy Project Leader:||P.-Y. Burgi|
(see also phase 2 "Educast")
of academic video in Switzerland, producing reports
on the status quo and consider the options for further developments in the related domains.
Also, the project helped to build a community around academic video.
The project group intends to implement the suggested infrastructure and to realize the vision of a Swiss Educast portal in a follow-up project.
Recording lectures and distributing audiovisual content in a variety of formats has become an everyday business for some institutions of higher education in Switzerland:
As a consequence, the number of recorded lectures and the number of academic audiovisual objects overall has been and is
still rising significantly.
To overcome the limitations described above is the main focus of this projects in that it
aims at creating long-term solutions for the exchange of audiovisual objects:
Standards, formats, and metadata will have to be defined to foster the availability, interoperability and commutability of content across technological and institutional barriers - with an emphatically long-ranging perspective safeguarded by an archival strategy for audiovisual content. With regard to dissemination, the connection to the learning space has to be established and technical aspects of accessing the material have to be clarified with a perspective on Open Access and the relevant legal aspects.
While this project is to analyse needs and status quo and to develop standards and technologies on an abstract level, a second, larger project will aim at implementing these.
All Swiss institutions dealing with audiovisual content today or tomorrow will benefit from the results
of this coordinated effort to clarify technical, administrative, legal and other issues in managing
audiovisual objects, be that institutions of higher education, museums, organizations or
Many institutions still find it hard to make their entry into the audiovisual world and need guidance not to waste their resources on investigating what has been investigated by others already.
The institutions involved can be described as innovators in the working area. They therefore have to solve problems today other institutions will be facing at a later stage (knowledge transfer).