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Current 2005
Volume 2   Issue 1


A Reciprocal Platform for Archiving Interview Videos about Arts and Crafts


Kenro Aihara and Atsuhiro Takasu
National Institute of Informatics, Japan


Our project, called MONO project, deals with interviews with masters and artists to record their skill and knowledge because 1) various kinds of information, such as emotional behavior and procedures of a creative activity, can be recorded; 2) information can be obtained from masters and artists quickly without imposing a heavy mental load. The latter advantage is particularly effective in solving the "bottle-neck problem" in information capturing.

In our platform, a support-tool package for archiving is provided to local repository sites such as museums. The package contains manuals for holding interviews, software for editing videos and creating metadata (including transcripts of interviews), and a server program for a standalone interview video streaming service. While terms in transcripts can be tagged manually in the metadata-creation phase by users, such as a curator of a museum, terms and descriptions about them should also be added to the local term dictionary.

In addition, the support-tool package includes a speech-recognition module. Unfortunately, the performance of current speech-recognition technologies is dependent on the quality of language models and dictionaries. Our portal provides language models for speech recognition that are incrementally constructed with collected metadata and term dictionaries from local repositories. Users can apply downloadable up-to-date data for speech recognition to their videos when they transcribe them.

The portal site can collect high-quality metadata and language resources from each local repository. Collected language resources can be used not only for speech recognition but also for natural language processing or information retrieval.

poster from JCDL 2005

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Poster from JCDL 2005

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© Copyright 2005 Kenro Aihara and Atsuhiro Takasu
Some or all of these materials were previously published in the Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, ACM 1-58113-876-8/05/0006.

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