<videovortex> Open Video Forum in Berlin (13/14.12 2012)
geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Oct 29 21:33:31 CET 2012
Open Video Forum
ovf at xmlab.org
13-14 / 12 / 2012 Supermarkt Berlin Germany
African developers have become key players in mobile
technology innovation. There is wide spread uptake of mobile
phones, the use of micro payments using cell phones has gone viral,
cheap unlimited data plans for social media services and email
are generally available. At the same time, the situation for
developers remains complex, as broadband availability and
network strength varies widely across the continent.
The Open Video Forum Dec 13-14, 2012 brings European and African
developers active / interested in the Mokolo project, a
pan-African initiative driven by a vision of supporting the
online distribution of African film / visual media,
together with open video developers. Questions of streaming
in bandwidth-diverse environments are as central as the role of
semantic analysis and the collaborative creation of
Development for Diversity: The African Hub Experience
Villa ACT, Senegal and Activespaces, Cameroon, will share their
experiences or working as IT / Software Developers in
Africa. Their invaluable input includes the following areas of
research for Mokolo.Labs: accessible open source solutions
for African video producers; low-cost server side solutions
for video distribution semantic search based on increased
availability of metadata; connection of audiovisual work
with cultural metadata; location-based video compression.
All of the work is open source, and the outcomes will be available
as Open Educational Resources.
Crowdsourcing Metadata: Exploring Bandwidth Diversity
For Mokolo.Labs, the development challenge for innovative
video distribution is not low-bandwith, but bandwidth
diversity and resource efficiency. A generalized user
experience can only be achieved when a realistic bandwidth
picture is known to the developers. Often network carriers
market their connection plans with max bandwidth xyz. We aim to
assist developers through the creation of an African Video
Bandwidth Observatory and invite partnerships with the
MolokoLabs project in this effort. Areas of interest: social
viewing experience; crowd-sourced metadata & content
curation; progressive download & adaptive bitrate
streaming; test frameworks & user feedback strategies.
Live-streaming of all sessions is provided by Streampark.
A detailed schedule / list of participants will be made available soon.
If you are an open video developer or generally interested in
supporting the project, please consider the following:
use the #ovforum hashtag on Twitter
sign up for the mokolo-video mailing list to stay involved
share your own research with us, and let us know if we can include it
on the event website
attend the event
register as a contributor for the Open Video Handbook I (frameworks)
or Open Video Handbook II (end-user technologies)
And, of course, contact us with questions and suggestions!
Open Video Handbook Mini-Sprint
15-16 / 12 / 2012 Supermarkt Berlin
The Open Video Forum will be followed Dec 15-16, 2012 by a mini-sprint
for an Open Video Handbook, organized in cooperation with FLOSS
Manuals and facilitated by Mick Fuzz. The Handbook will be available
as an open educational resource (OER) and address the needs of African
IT developers interested in the future of online video.
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