Report from the Semantic Media @ BBC event

With 50 participants the Semantic Media @ BBC was fully booked and the participants and speaker made it a great success. Many thanks for that. We are truly sorry that it was not possible to organize a bigger conference space as interest exceeded the capacity provided by the meeting room.

Overall, the goals were to demonstrate, which archival problems a company such as the BBC is facing and to find ways for academia and industry to collaborate. In this context, the BBC presented various datasets, which are available to interested researchers for free under non-disclosure agreements. Furthermore, various speakers from the BBC gave examples of current research projects within the BBC and discussed typical production and archive workflows. Here, the goal was to spark new research ideas, which for example exploit the availability of side information that is generated in production environments. Many thanks to the speakers again: John Fletcher, Jonathan McKinnell, Chris Baume, Neill Angier, Jana Eggink, Rob Cooper, Andy O'Dwyer, Denise Bland, Jana Eggink and Sam Davies.

We hope that the event was also an opportunity for the participants to establish new or intensify existing contacts, which could lay foundations for collaborative grant applications as those funded by the semantic media project.

Some slides are available:
Chris Baume: Enhancing music discovery using automated analysis

Jana Eggink: BBC R&D Datasets

Jana Eggink, Sam Davies and Denise Bland: Mood-based Classification of TV Programmes