Today, 5 years ago, the AV-Portal of TIB went online under the name TIB|AV-Portal – at that time still in the old, blue TIB look and with a vertical line in its name. Among the first 2000 films were the educational videos by Jörn Loviscach, videos from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and 600 films from the former Institute for Scientific Film (IWF).
Since then, the number of videos has increased tenfold and more than a thousand visitors use the analysis tools and search functions of the AV-Portal daily to research the stock of almost 20,000 videos and to use scientific AV media from fields of technology and natural sciences. The number of publishers and cooperation partners has also risen sharply in recent years, so we would like to take the 5th anniversary as an opportunity to present some of them here.
Jakob G. Lauth (SciFox): Educational Videos from Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Among the most watched videos in the AV-Portal are the educational videos of Professor Jakob G. Lauth, who teaches Physical Chemistry at the FH Aachen. Today, over 300 of his videos are already available on the AV-Portal, which he recommends to his students as preparation for courses and exams. In his experience, “traditional frontal instruction does not do justice to the individual learning speeds of the students”.
I recommend my students to watch the videos before attending my course (flipped classroom). I can then concentrate much more on discussing questions and deepening the material in the actual lecture. The videos are also ideal for exam preparation. By the way, I am most pleased about positive feedback from users of my videos. For example, several students from the University of Vienna sent me a bottle of wine and a thank-you letter: “Without your videos, we would not have passed the exam”.
For Prof. Lauth, the TIB AV-Portal is the ideal publication platform for his videos:
Heidelberg Laureate Forum and Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings: Lecture recordings and interviews with Nobel Laureates as well as award winners from mathematics and computer science.
The latest cooperation partners of the AV-Portal include the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation and the Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau.
Gero von der Stein from the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau:
Likewise, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings together annually since 2013 some 200 highly talented young scientists from mathematics and computer science with the winners of the highest awards in these subjects.
Copernicus Publications: Video Supplements and Video Abstracts of Scientific Articles
Since October 2015, the TIB has been cooperating with the Open Access publisher Copernicus Publications with regard to the publication of scientific videos. Copernicus currently publishes 42 journals in the natural sciences which use the AV-Portal as a platform for scientific videos. Xenia van Edig, whom I was allowed to interview here two years ago, explains:
This way about 200 videos of Copernicus authors have been published in the AV-Portal.
OSGeo: Conference recordings
Another long-term cooperation partner is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), a global non-profit organization that promotes the development and use of free software from the field of geoinformation systems (GIS) as well as free geodata and education in this field. OSGeo is represented in German-speaking countries by FOSSGIS e.V., which in turn is the local chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Every year numerous conferences take place worldwide in this environment. The global FOSS4G Conference changes continents every year and takes place in Bucharest (Romania) in 2019. In the German-speaking area, it is the FOSSGIS Conference, which attracts more than 400 people each year at different locations.
Astrid Emde, who is involved in both FOSSGIS and OSGeo, reports:
Therefore congratulations on 5 years of TIB AV-Portal!
International Conference on Grey Literature
For a long time there exist good contacts between the TIB and the Grey Literature Network Service (GreyNet), which was founded in 1992. The aim of GreyNet is to facilitate dialogue, research and communication between individuals and organisations in the field of grey literature. Grey literature is literature that is difficult to obtain and not commercially available.
What is new, however, is the cooperation between GreyNet and the TIB in the field of audiovisual media. Dominic Farace of Grey Literature remembers:
This year the 21st International Conference on Grey Literature will take place from 22 to 23 October at the TIB in Hannover. Of course the lectures will also be recorded in 2019 and published in the AV-Portal. This will be done for the first time by the TIB Conference Recording Service, which was established in 2018. Among the first conferences recorded by the TIB Conference Recording Service were the Leibniz MMS Days.
Leibniz MMS Days
The Leibniz Network “Mathematical Modelling and Simulation (MMS)” brings together scientists from all sections of the Leibniz Association, from the natural and engineering sciences as well as from the economic, social, life and environmental sciences, who seek to answer questions in their fields with mathematical modelling and simulation. The aim of the MMS network is to “systematically use the interdisciplinary potential and exploit it for synergies”. The exchange takes place primarily at the annual MMS Days, which have been recorded since 2017 and published on the AV-Portal (MMS Days 2018, MMS Days 2019).
The AV-Portal today
Much has changed in the last five years. Since 2016, the portal has shone in the new TIB colours, the number of users has more than doubled every year and new functionalities have been added. The Lab Non-Textual Materials team works daily on further development. But it’s the content that brings the whole thing to life: the films and, of course, those who produce and publish them on the AV-Portal. Therefore we would like to thank all publishers of scientific films, of which we could only present a few here. We are looking forward to successful cooperations in the future and invite all scientists to use the AV-Portal for their films and audiovisual materials, so that the next five years will be as successful as the past five years have been.