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User Generated Content

The EuropeanaConnect Annotation Suite - A tool that allows end-users to annotate digital images, maps, audio and video files.

The EuropeanaConnect Annotation Suite gives users the ability to annotate digital images and maps, as well as audio and video objects. Parts of the annotation suite have been integrated into Europeana, but some challenges will need to be overcome before it can be fully implemented:

  1. It only makes sense to annotate full-scale images (maps), and full-length audio tracks or videos. Currently, Europeana does not have full access to most objects.
  2. The audio and the video components use Flash, but Europeana currently does not support Flash.

Image and Map Annotations

The image annotation interface allows the user to annotate full-scale images; it is based on the Google Web Toolkit. The map annotation interface is a special variant of the image annotation one. It adds a number of several Geographic Information System (GIS) related features and uses tiled full-scale images, which allows for a user experience similar to that of services like Google Maps.

Audio and Video Annotations

The audio and video components of the EuropeanaConnect Annotation Suite use a modified Flash player. The audio annotation tool only allows for the annotation of time segments of an audio track or its entirety, while the video annotation tool adds features that are similar to those of the image annotation tool. For example, shapes can be drawn on the image to signify the area of the moving image that has been commented on.

See the prototype: The EuropeanaConnect Annotation Suite Prototype

For more information, or to give feedback, please contact: Rainer Simon.

Waisda? - A prototype Dutch-language game site which explores the social tagging of video in the cultural heritage domain.

Waisda? is a video-labelling prototype that introduces gaming as a way of encouraging users to add tags to cultural heritage content.

People are invited to watch the videos on the site and describe what they see and hear. They earn points for each tag and compete against other users in real time or against a pre-recorded session. Tags that match each other score higher, as do tags that provide a greater level of detail than generic terms.

Through this unique approach, Waisda? has added 350,000 tags to its content within a period of 7 months. It has also introduced 3 innovations: [i] Using gaming as a method to annotate television heritage; [ii] Actively seeking collaboration with communities connected to the content; [iii] Using curated vocabularies as a means to integrate tags with professional annotations.

See the prototype: Waisda? Prototype

For more information, or to give feedback, please contact: Maarten Brinkerink.

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