Semantically supported media services with user participation: Report on the RISE-project

Asta Bäck, Sari Vainikainen, Pirjo Näkki, Tommo Reti, Risto Sarvas, Lassi Seppälä, Herkko Hietanen, Marko Turpeinen

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    This publication presents the main results of the project "Rich Semantic Media for Private and Professional Users" (RISE). Semantic Web technologies. The goal was to study what kind of new opportunities Semantic Web technologies, semantic metadata and combining commercial media content with user-created material give to media companies and their suppliers for product and service development. The publication gives an overview on recent developments relating to utilising user-generated content and metadata in public Web applications, and an update on relevant developments on Semantic Web technologies related issues. The project chose to explore research issues by building prototypes. Each of the prototypes is presented including a user scenario, implementation, results, discussion and future work: The StorySlotMachine is travelling related application, which allows users to make their own guidebooks and travel stories. Ontologies are used for automatic aggregation and to offer content that deals with the topic. The Remix Engine prototype is a Web-based video editing and compilation application that lets the user combine his or her own media with commercial media with the help of pre-made templates. DiMaS is The Digital Content Distribution Management System for multimedia producers to publish their work on P2P file sharing networks. Producers can insert content metadata, manage intellectual property and usage rights, and to charge for the consumption. Applications like StorySlotMachine and RemixEngine could most easily be built when the material is already modular. Commercial media must be able to offer more value to the users than free services and utilising ontologies in making services more intelligent is one opportunity. Other opportunities lie in giving room to user activity and creativity. There are still challenges for building this kind of services, such as maintaining ontologies and adding semantic metadata to the content. Also legal issues like commercialisation of the content creation activity, intellectual property rights, the brand image of the content or the group, and managing the liability risks in content production need to be solved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages106
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6858-3
    ISBN (Print)951-38-6857-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Publications


    • semantic media
    • collaborative media
    • media services
    • metadata
    • user-generated content
    • Web applications
    • ontologies
    • participatory media
    • prototypes
    • Semantic Web


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