Description of the consortium


The consortium is composed by 11 companies, that will contribute each with their expertise to the success of the project:

Required expertise Expertise provided by
DAM/MAM ( open semantic bus) Memnon, Perfect Memory, Skema
Semantic, Ontology UTC, Memnon, Perfect Memory
Metadata models Memnon, Perfect Memory, Skema
Optical electronic devices Vitec, UTC
Semantic Search Engines Exalead
Benchmarking Kane
Web designing Solution 2.0
Audiovisual production and archiving RTBF, VRT, BRF, Belgavox, Perfect Memory

Example:

  • AIME : Archivage Intelligent Multimedia Economique (2001-2003) a joint project of the Cirtef, and Belgian companies (In-Ovo, Belgavox and Info-grafic) and the Titan
  • AXIS (Acquisition eXchange Indexing Structuring) (2003- …) : a dynamics of TITAN aiming to define and promote a realistic open Architecture, a definition of implementation of this Architecture and a commercial offer supporting this dynamics. To establish these architectural specifications and of import/export of AXIS (called X-AXIS) TITAN has collaborated with SkemA. TITAN entrusted MEMNON, the care to finalize the definition of AXIS, to ensure the validation of it in the framework of MEMORIES and the follow-up in collaboration with UNESCO.
  • RIMES : “Multi-media Rushes Indexing Exchange System”, (2004-2005) Collaboration with Skema, Panasonic, RTBF,… a study of compatibility with P2 Panasonic was undertaken with the assistance of the SkemA company. The recommendations made at the time of this project made it possible to Panasonic to convince their engineers in charge of the development of the camera to add one “User Folder” in structure MXF Op Atom of the camera. The same recommendations made at the time made it possible for Thomson to develop on the Infinity camera a process of innovative work particularly adapted and integrated@ in the standard DMS1 of MXF.

VITEC Multimedia

VITEC Multimedia is a leader in digital video technology and is developing and manufacturing original multimedia products at the point where micro-computing and video technology meet. VITEC is very well experienced in MPEG-digital video technology. The whole VITEC’s business has been MPEG and only MPEG for more than 15 years. VITEC has a full range of MPEG products (see http://www.VITECmm.com). VITEC’s innovative and competitive products are sold worldwide through computer distributors, multimedia VAR’s, system integrators and OEM’s. VITEC has built an existing distribution network and direct sales in 24 countries and is exporting over 80% of its turnover. In 1997, VITEC established a commercial subsidiary in the US. VITEC develops algorithms for image coding, electronic boards for PC’s or for embedded systems, ASIC’s for low cost products and application software under Windows. VITEC received the IST 2001 Prize for its most recent MPEG-2 compression hybrid technology (VM2000 Asic).

Moreover, VITEC already has experience of the management of European research projects (Viper and NetCam). VITEC was also involved as a contractor in the TRANSIT and CAR projects (RACE), in ISIS (ACTS), and finally in INK, HIPER-KIDS and D-ARTS projects (ESPRIT). VITEC has also participated to ITEA programme with the AMBIENCE and MAGELLAN projects and is starting collaboration within the CELTIC DRMSolution NG project that is mainly aimed on AV content and rights protection. VITEC is interested in interested in developing smart cameras that can be used efficiently in professional and semi-professional usage. VITEC is also willing to enrich video streams with complementary information dealing with video content, especially concerning audio-visual object extraction and description that can be compliant with MPEG-4/-7/-21 standards.

Olivier Guye

He has spent the main part of his career in ADERSA where he was a Research Director. He is well experienced in image analysis, statistical data analysis, pattern recognition, making decision, algorithms and parallel architecture computers. He has worked several years on multidimensional data modelling through tree-like data structures for the French Ministry of Defence in the objective to extract geographical information from earth resource observation satellite or to provide making decision tools solving bandwidth spectral allocation for a wireless communication system. He has also developed an image cataloguing system including a content-based query subsystem. He has also participated to the design of robotized system used for the decoration of tri-dimensional moulds for food industry (EUREKA MICHELANGELO project) and has worked on numerical simulation data reduction within the ESPRIT CLOVIS project. He has collaborated at the realisation of visual stage rendering and the design of authoring system of IST ART.LIVE project. For a few years, Olivier Guye is Research Projects Director in VITEC Multimedia and is carrying on works about person identification through facial recognition within ITEA AMBIENCE project and has led video trans-rating and trans-coding activities for ITEA MAGELLAN project. He is currently managing Vitec’s collaboration in CELTIC DRMSolutionNG project.

Perfect Memory

Perfect Memory is a company founded in 2008 and is specialized in preservation, indexing, editing and publishing of consumers’digital memory.

Perfect Memory provides easy-to-use tools to manage all consumers’ video, .it enables:

  • online ingest of content on camcorders
  • tapes digitization
  • semi-automatic semantic indexing
  • wizard for automatic editing and post production of video archivals
  • modules to share and publish video clips

Perfect Memory represents the B2C market that can be addressed with MediaMap USE approach:

  • oadoption of a format for the long term preservation of consumers archival
  • adoption of a dynamic GUI all collaborative processes on the multimedia archival
  • building of partnership and synergies with MediaMap partners on the OSB: semantic storage, semantic search, semantic GUI
  • wizard for automatic editing and post production of video archivals
  • modules to share and publish video clips

Steny Solitude

Steny Solitude is is CEO and owner at Perfect Memory a company that provides a semantic online platform for ingest, editing and publishing of consumers’ multimedia archival.

He started his career in Artsum, the first company to provide 7/24 IP recording system for broadcaster. He worked in Opsomai as consultant for French Broadcaster.

He is the designer and project manager of Sk-Video project, the first and still unique technology for industrialized pre-indexed audiovisual content production. He is the writer of various patents that deals with pre-indexed audiovisual content production system. He has set up SkemA with two over associates to exploit Sk-Video's patents which are now in the heart of SkemA's offers.

MEMNON

Funded in January 2005, MEMNON is a spin off of Music Numeris, renowned for the recording and edition of classical music (Barbara Hendricks, Jordi Savall, National Orechestra of Belgium…)

Memnon Archiving Services is a company specialized in the digitizing, recording, restoration, documentation, handling of metadata, and archiving of audio visual content. The British Library, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and the Reader’s Digest are among MEMNON’s current clients.

MEMNON is member of many cultural organisations, among which the “International Association of Audio-Visual Archives” and the “TITAN” organisation.

MEMNON has officed and studios in Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and the UK.

Principal scientific and technical personnel involved:

Michel Merten

is the manager of MEMNON. He has an in-depth experience of conducting and realising large cultural projects.

Guy Maréchal spent 37 years with Philips Electronics. He started his career in the “Advanced Research Laboratory” and ends it as “Technical Manager” of the “Development Laboratories” of “Philips Professional Systems”. In particular, he was involved in policy definition for:

  • Computer Integrated Design & Manufacturing
  • Information Security Systems and Smart Cards
  • Digital Television, Radio and Internet & Multimedia
  • Un-forgeable documents in evidence

Retired, end of 1998, he started a ‘One Person Consulting Society’ named PROSIP

For the non-profit organization TITAN he is currently in charge of the coordination of the architectural project AXIS on media handling and management of information assets. That architecture is further realized and used in several content archival and exploitation systems; in particular the EU project MEMORIES under the leading of MEMNON.

He is or has been consultant for many private and public organizations a.o. the UNESCO and the Commission of the European Union.He is author or originator of many publications, books, patents and contributor of many international conferences on science, media, society, sustainable development, etc.

Philippe Scohy is senior project manager. He has been technical coordinator in 2 European Projects and has led the implementation of the Film Library.

UTC.

The research works on behalf Université de Technologie de Compiègne partner will be conducted at Heudiasyc laboratory (Heuristique et Diagnostic des SYstèmes Complexes, http:www.hds.utc.fr).

Heudiasyc Laboratory was created in 1980 and is a common research laboratory with the French National Research Center (CNRS, UMR n° 6599) and hosted by the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, one of the best ranked Engineering schools on the French national level (4000 students, http://www.utc.fr, ~1000 graduated engineers per year).

Heudiasyc laboratory guiding principle is to bring together research in control, system design, and operational research. The objective is to develop methods of representing, analysing and controlling technical systems constrained by economic, social and human conditions. 40 permanent researchers, 30 stuff members and 60 PhD students contribute to four research groups: diagnosis (statistical learning, pattern recognition, image and decision), network algorithms and optimization, documentation and knowledge organization, and perception and system control (including hardware software co-design, reconfigurable computing, and real-time perception systems).

Two teams will be contributing to Mediamap project (Celtic program): the embedded systems design and the documentation and knowledge organization teams. The embedded system design team is currently involved in several European projects or networks, in such fields as embedded communicative automotive architecture through Safespot and CVIS integrated projects within the 6th European research framework (both projects 2006-2010). On the French national level, he is leading Diapa project (ANR Predit, 2007-2010), on electronic design for embedded systems, and is contributing to Diafore project (ANR Predit, 2006-2009) on the diagnosis of distributed embedded functions.

The experience of the systems architecture team in the fields of constraints oriented software/hardware co-design, algorithm architecture adequacy under operation constraints will be appreciable for Heudiasyc contribution in this project. The documentation and knowledge organization team will be dealing in this project with ontology and semantics for archiving and indexation of multimedia components by developing methods and tools to express their significance for automatic processing.

Marcus Mohamed Shawky

Marcus Mohamed Shawky received his MSc and PhD respectively in 1989 and 1992 on parallel computing from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), France. He is currently associate professor, HDR, at the Computer Science Department, with Heudiasyc Laboratory. His research interests include embedded systems design, video processing accelerators, and real-time middleware. He is responsible of several European, industrial, national and regional research projects. He is on the list of EU experts for INCO programs.

EXALEAD

A SME founded in 2000 by search-engine pioneers, Exalead is a software company focused on information access technology. It believes searching for and retrieving information on the Web or in the data stores of public and commercial organizations has been harder than it needs to be.

That belief drove Exalead to develop exalead one:search TM, the first and only unified search technology platform that easily and effectively handles all search forms – from the desktop, the Web and across an enterprise, regardless of size or type. This unique technology is real-world-proven, used every day by hundreds of thousands of users – from students to homemakers, entrepreneurs to corporate titans – around the globe.

Exalead's products provide users with a single access point to information, regardless of format or location. Its patented Search by Serendipity® navigation system adapts to user habits for a less frustrating and uniquely satisfying search experience.

As a unified multilingual search engine for general public Internet/Web 2.0 and Enterprise Search, Exalead will contribute to Media Map through services (API’s & XML flows) and hardware by

  • Integrating high-end multilingual statistical and semantics functionalities
  • Building and managing a scalable Index by the WP DAM/MAM.
  • Extracting diversified Web corpus of 8 Billion Web pages to subject algorithms for very realistic use cases.
As to Exalead, the domain of multimedia content processing and search requires:
  • to address high technology domains with potential applications to actual global markets,
  • to gather academic research and industrial innovation,
  • to rely on an already existing high quality research or innovation collaboration between European actors.

European level enables Exalead to access both high-level academic projects and leading industrial innovators.

Dr Florian DOUETTEAU

He is the Exalead platform development manager for 6 years. He is graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (France), and responsible for standards and new technical services development.

Key competences:

  • Programming Languages Development
  • Services Architectures
  • Index building

KANE

Kane, based in Charenton (France) was created in 1994

Kane was founded by Charles Bebert and has Adrian Scott as shareholder (Scottish broadcast expert, member of the IBC Conference Committee, based at Alhampton, UK).

Kane is a publishing and expertise company specialised in benchmark studies for broadcast and media sectors: server-based newsrooms, media asset management, HDTV, HD camcoders and production workflows, content distribution architecture, deep archive preservation and distribution, …: all reports tries and investigates key questions and best answers in digitization, organizational processes, metadata management, …

Kane also created a market sizing method for manufacturers. Kane is also famous for updating databases on server-based newsrooms and MAM applications.

Kane currently includes 2 founders, 2 additional freelance experts and 2 research assistants.

Kane has clients in Europe among the most important broadcasters.

BBC, France2, France3, France Télévisions, France Télévisions Publicité, Arte, TF1, RTLTvi, RTBF, TSR, HR-ARD (Germany), Internews New York & Moscow, RFO, ORF (Austria), Newsworld, Newxchange, EBU, INA (French National Archive), CNC (French Film National Centre), CSA (French Regulation Authority), Canal+, RAI (Italy)

As well as clients among manufacturers and operators in Europe and in the USA

Apple, Avid Europe, Sun Microsystems, Dalet, IBM Europe, Harris USA, Sony Europe, Cap-Gemini/Ernst&Young Europe, Thomson Grass Valley (USA, Europe, UK), Blue Order, Vizrt, Pro-Bel, Konan (Korea and USA), Memnon, Vistek, British Telecom, Memnon among manufacturers and operators for the broadcast industry.

Kane is member of TITAN association.

Charles Bebert

Charles Bebert has a background in engineering and software design as well as organizational workflow.

He is engineer of the Paris School of Mines and works since 1992 as consultant in the media sector: first for Babelsberg Studios (Vivendi-Universal), then for the most important broadcasters in Europe including France Televisions, ARD, RTL, BBC, RTBF, ORF, TSR, TF1.

Kane, created in 1994 by Charles, is specialised in benchmark studies and best practices and publishes several "rolling studies": HDTV, server-based news, MAM, market sizing, digital archive, HD camcoders, technical support, …. Charles was also involved as expert in managing several projects such as RTBF digital production, France Televisions digital news, RTBF studio facility planning and archive recovery.

Charles has visited and analysed more than a hundred broadcasters and organisations since 2001.

Charles has clients in 16 countries in the world. He is currently working as expert in the USA, UK, France, Belgium.

Charles has completed several presentations to conferences such as IBC (2), Newsxchange (2), Newsworld (2), SMPTE (1), Broadcast Asia (1), DAM symposium (4) in recent years, and wrote several articles and white papers (Digital Asset Management journal, for manufacturers.

RTBF

RTBF is the TV and radio state owned broadcaster of the French Community of Belgium. RTBF has a total staff of 2200, including 540 for radio. RTBF broadcast 4 TV channels (La Une, La Deux, RTBF Sat, Arte Belgique) and 6 radio channels (La Première, Classic21, Musiq3, Vivacité, Pure FM, RTBF International). RTBF produce internally all genres (news, live sport, feature, shows, series, documentaries, magazines). RTBF pioneered radio podcasting in 2005 and pioneers currently a tapeless HDTV digital production and archive project thouroughly based on IP network and contribution. This project involves 6 locations and 8 major studios. RTBF has more than 200.000 hours of archive materials. RTBF as content provider is aware of the current and future usages. Compiling all the people working in all the tasks of the audiovisual production, RTBF is able to imagine the best requirements of the future services expected by the users professionals or non professionals.

Roger Roberts

Roger Roberts studied Social Communication at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and completed a Professional degree in film directing at the “Institut des Arts de Diffusion” (IAD). He is heading the Cultural Facilities Department of the RTBF since 2003 (TV Directors, Script-girls, Archives, Play-out, Graphics, etc) having the project to define a way to integrate the metadata’s through the whole production process : “Semantic is King”.

He is also Chairman of the board of TITAN (Televisual Interactive Terminal and Associated Networks) a non-profit making organization founded in 1994 by 20 partners from various sectors (industry, television, telecommunication, universities, service industry, and public authorities) a structure facilitating the transition towards digital communication technology (www.titan.be). Some of the MediaMap concepts have been worked out by the Titan association in order to coordinate technology-watch around the subject of the ‘open exchange’ of media contents with their associated metadata and controls.

Michel Pirlot

Michel Pirlot has a master in electricity and telecommunications. He joined RTBF in 1974. During many years, he was technical director for TV equipment where he got a strong experience of all the technical aspects of TV production. Since 2003, he joined the IT department of RTBF. As project manager he is working on projects relating with TV production and IT technology.

VRT

The "Vlaamse Radio-en Televisieomroep (VRT)" (The Flemish Broadcasting Corporation) is an incorporated company of public right. VRT is a public service broadcaster, its tasks include that VRT must proactively investigate new technological opportunities and to this extent it has created a R&D department named VRT medialab (http://medialab.vrt.be). Being a small and independent team of 25 highly competent subject matter experts with a turnover of 4.600 k€ per year, VRT Medialab is agile and responsive whilst being backed up by VRT’s proven track record of technological excellence. As such it easily integrates in large-scale international competence centers. Based on an overall vision of the media industry and the media value chain, the main objective of the VRT Medialab is developing reliable architectures which allow the media production community to evolve towards an efficient realization and delivery of audiovisual material. Methods include basic and strategic research, implementation of Proof of Concepts and maximization of know-how via structural international cooperation.

Maarten Verwaest

Maarten Verwaest has a Master in physics. Since his engagement at VRT in 1998, he has been in charge with various large-scale digitization and integration projects, including a file-based production environment, an interactive television trial and the realisation of an online news channel. Currently he owns a position as senior expert and his core competences are focused on metadata-related topics such as knowledge management, multimedia semantics and application integration in general. He has been actively involved in multiple EBU working groups, including a vice-chairmanship of B/BMW (Broadcasting Multimedia on the Web) and contributes to P/MAG (Metadata Advisory Group) that has standardized P/META.

BRF

BRF – der Belgische Rundfunk is the Belgian public radio and tv station of Belgian's German Speaking Community. The main purpose is to inform about our Community, about Belgium, about the Euregio (our neighbours) and international events. Three radio stations offer information and music. The third one is a co-production with the German station “Deutschlandfunk“, and offers the opportunity to reach the audience in Brussels, the capital of Belgium but also Europe. The TV channel informs about economic, cultural, political, social and sports life in their region as well as about inner belgian matters. The firsthand contact with our audience has tightened the BRF position as a cultural institution, both mirror and organ of the German Speaking Community Belgium (http://www.brf.be)

Katrin Margraff

Katrin Margraff graduated in Communication/Media Analysis at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and completed her studies with a post-graduate in Multimedia Journalism (UCL). She is accomplishing the BRF webeditor's function since 2004 and manages the radio and tv websites, both editorial and technical. In the Mediamap project she will decide which matters, which themes and wich programmes - written, audio and video – will appear on the web sites in german language. She will adapt them to the special form for cross-media indexing and collaborative production. At the BRF level, she will manage the collaboration between the departments and journalists producing for radio/tv with the web department. In the project, she is interested in technical developments for what the sites will achieve in the future.

Solution 2.0:

3 Brands behind a company:

NewsMaster: Electronic Publisher

Involved in the Belgian and French markets since 2002, NewsMaster is an electronic publisher specialising in the development of high value-added corporate newsletters. NewsMaster newsletters, thanks to their journalistic content, which is practical, useful and precisely segmented, enable the creation of strong, regular ties between a company and its customers. A unique concept on the market, which, in terms of e-mailing, offers the highest loyalty-building rates.

Main clients: pharmaceutical sector, periodicals, mass distribution, e-commerce, logistics and transport, technological SMEs, and so on.

Brainsonic: Rich Media

Brainsonic brings you a global access to an industrialized and reliable production capacity for all your rich media contents and a wide range of formats which will fit all your specific needs: Audiocast, Videocast, Democast or WebTV.

Main clients: IT sector, Pharmaceutical & Finance sector

Solution 2.0: Consultancy


Based on his experience from more than 10 years in internet, Solution 2.0 is regularly approached for short and long term mission in web building.

Main clients: Telco, Food sector, editors…

Martial chouvel:

  • Owner at NewsMaster
  • Internet Director at Groupe Vlan
  • Sales & Marketing Director at Tiscali Belgium
  • Managing Director at Best of Publishing
  • Directeur Adjoint at Roularta Media NV

SKEMA

Skema is a 20 people company that develops and provides AV production tools for pre-indexed, ready-to-deliver and ready-to-browse content.

SkemA's products assist professionals and non professionals in producing hypermedia videos, including in collaborative mode. Movies are structured and indexed and can afford enriched and non linear browsing. Thus SkemA's client can, in real time, moderate, exploit, pilot the publication and the repurposing of large quantity of content.

Most of French broadcasters use SkemA's technologies.

To mention only two references:

  • the political editorial team of "France Télévision" uses SkemA's platform to allow their audience to produce online report, interviews and reactions that will be play to the guest during the show
  • the casting team of the French American Idol ("A la recherche de la nouvelle Star" on M6 Channel) uses SkemA's platform to record, updated and published on the fly the catalogue of the singers during the casting tour.

Skema is already involved in audiovisual forms (USE), Skema deposed patent on some earlier. MediaMAP will be a more efficient extension to promote a container the USE with better technical and semantic information.

Steny Solitude is the Co-fonder, and CTO of SkemA. He is 37 years old. He studied engineering of the cultural industries at the University of Technology of Compiègne one of the first French University. He graduates with honours. He is specialized in engineering of cultural industries. He works as expert for the French government of industry on audiovisual indexing system, and metadata formats.

He started his career in Artsum, the first company to provide 7/24 IP recording system for broadcaster. He worked in Opsomai as consultant for French Broadcaster.

He is the designer and project manager of Sk-Video project, the first and still unique technology for industrialized pre-indexed audiovisual content production. He is the writer of various patents that deals with pre-indexed audiovisual content production system. He has set up SkemA with two over associates to exploit Sk-Video's patents which are now in the heart of SkemA's offers.

Belgavox

The company Belgavox was founded in 1945 to meet the need felt by the Belgians to have their own channels of information and not to be subject to the cultural and political influence of foreign press any more. Thus Belgavox decided to create the first newsreel Belgavox saw the day. “The world seen by the Belgians”: with this slogan, the company affirmed its international vocation from its beginning.

In 1956 Belgavox set up with other production companies the International Newsreel Association (INNA) gathering newsreels producers from the whole world. Belgavox always played an active role, which allowed the company to exchange reports coming from the whole world with the other members of the association. Thus the Belgavox newsreels were diffused in the cinemas of many countries.

From 1953 Belgavox ensure the international programming of the Belgian television news of the RTB and the BRT. In 1965 Belgavox established Congovox, the African equivalent of Belgavox and also produced the Congolese television news. In 1985, Belgavox provided to the just born Cameroonian television, the necessary teams to assure the production of its programs.

The advent of television and its growing role as an instrument of information led Belgavox to change the formula of its newsreel: the newsreels broadcast in the cinema were gradually replaced by magazines: a younger style, thorough reports on “general public” subjects, allowed to reveal new facets of the great events Belgavox left the obscure rooms today to be devoted in particular to the realisation of documentary films and series and emissions intended for television.

BELGAVOX S.A.: Press agency covering the major events of Belgium and the world. It also produces the documentaries, historical emissions and sets of themes starting from archives intended for televisions and the other multimedia supports. Belgavox ensures the promotion and the management of the rights of the filmed files. PAXOS S.A.: manages a database "on line" and offers facilities to the producers. It is the reference concerning archives. multi-media service, specialised in the numerical compression of audio-visual documents.

Belgavox produce every day content for Web and television.

PHILIPPE FANNOY

PHILIPPE FANNOY started his career in London in 1974 as responsible for Documents Management at the Musical Editions De Wolf. He joined the company Belgavox in 1975 as a director and responsible for production, taking active part as director and sometimes as a cameraman in many newsfilms shot for the Belgavox newsreel. In 1980 he became executive officer of SA Belgavox, and member of the management committee of the filmed press. In 1986 he was in charge for the start of the Cameroonian Television, included the local staff training and the creation of programs. He was responsible for several projects: in 1992 the INNA asked him to be responsible and to setting up of the archive database, in 1995 he was responsible for the study IANIS supported by the Walloon Region, in 1996 he was Member of the High Council of Audio-visual (CSA) of the French Community of Belgium and Project Manager of the Pilot SINATRA Belgavox - DG XIII of the European Union. In 1997 he was coordinator of the program Sinamma DG XIII to integrate the filmed files of the Mediterranean countries. In 1999 he was elected Secretary-general of the International Newsreel and News films Association (INNA). He was coordinator of Portal project and Nodal Project ( Media)

CAROLINE ECTORS

CAROLINE ECTORS worked for Belgavox since 2001 as european coordinator and production manager. Together with Philippe Fannoy, she has collaborated in different type of european projects involved in archive developments and communication projects for Europe. On the other hand, she continues to follow the development of all the projects produced by Belgavox (documentary films, corporate videos, etc.).