Schlagwort: audiovisual material

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October

By organising the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015, UNESCO wishes to draw attention to the fact that films – which form part of our cultural heritage – are at risk. There are many reasons why films are endangered: due to neglect; due to film formats in archives becoming technically outdated; or, in some cases, due to wanton destruction. It is often impossible to transfer analogue films to digital film formats for financial reasons. Consequently, they are in danger of becoming forgotten because the use of analogue films is laborious compared to the use of films offered in online portals.

Three questions put to Margret Plank

TIB’s new AV Portal went online a month ago. Margret Plank, our Head of the Competence Centre for Non-Textual Materials (KNM), answered three questions in the TIB-Newsletter 3/2014. Ms. Plank, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your assignment at TIB? I studied Applied Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Hildesheim, specialising in information retrieval and usability. After graduating, I was responsible for a variety of eLearning projects at the University of Hildesheim as a research assistant. I came to TIB in July 2007. I first worked as an information literacy expert and became Head of the Competence Centre for Non-Textual Materials in 2010. I first came into contact with multimedia retrieval as a student. In this context, I was particularly fascinated by automatic image recognition processes – i.e. technologies enabling large data volumes to be found using just image information such as colours, contours and textures. I recall that, back then, research was faced with the great challenge of automatically differentiating between images of the Love Parade in Berlin and images of carnival celebrations in Cologne: two completely different concepts that humans can differentiate between at a glance – but that machines were unable to resolvable, unless Berlin’s Victory Column or Cologne Cathedral happened to be in the picture. KNM was established in 2010. In a nutshell: what are you working on there at the moment? The Competence Centre for Non-Textual Materials – KNM for short – has been in existence for four