Semantic Media @ The British Library (Sep. 2013)

On behalf of the organizing team, we would like to invite you to the 'Semantic Media @ The British Library' workshop being held at the British Library Conference Centre (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB) on 23 September 2013.

About the Workshop

The Semantic Media project aims at establishing an open network uniting research efforts related to the development of novel tools and standards for organizing and navigating in digital media archives. In this context, the British Library as one of the two largest libraries in the world is of particular importance. The collection comprises more than 150 million items from many countries and in many formats (digital and print): books, newspapers, magazines, journals, and manuscripts, as well as sound and music recordings, videos, patents, databases, maps, stamps, drawings and much more. Providing access to these collections the British Library has served researchers for many years. However, with the corresponding data sets expanding exponentially over time, there is an increasing demand for new approaches to making use of these gigantic collections.


1.) British Library Collections: British Library curators will give some insight into their collections (image, audio, video, news,...), which might spark some new (research) ideas in terms of how libraries could collaborate with universities to make collections more accessible. In particular, we want to start a discussion of what technology is actually needed from a library point of view.

2.) Networking: There will be a networking session, where we try to introduce people to each other across a range of media-related disciplines (image/video/audio/music/text/multimedia/linked data). The idea is to spark ideas for interdisciplinary research and build the foundations for future collaborative grant applications.

3.) Funding: Two funding schemes will be discussed: "BL-Labs" and "Semantic Media". Both aim at providing funding for small projects, to develop new ideas in the context of digital media collections.


Partnerships and new ideas resulting from the workshop can be funded by the Semantic Media initiative in the form of mini-projects. This way, we hope that foundations can be laid for future collaborative grant applications. See also

About The Semantic Media Network Project

The Semantic Media Network project addresses the challenge of time-based navigation in large collections of media documents. The project focuses on investigating new ways to empower users to find relevant content and exploring how industry and universities can work together in this field. In particular, one of the project's central ideas is that (highly sophisticated) annotation should occur within the production process, so that not only consumers benefit from the introduction of new search, browsing, and recommendation technologies but also the producers of content (composers, musicians, script-writers, directors, actors). Furthermore, annotating content as early as possible allows for integrating knowledge of the production workflow, which leads not only to simplified and hence more robust automatic procedures but also to more detailed metadata and richer user interfaces. Additionally, managing and exposing this metadata using modern semantic web and linked data technology allows for uniting various sources of information which enables users to more effectively identify relevant content and thus helps to widen the consumer's increasingly narrow bands of media experience. The project's scope is the whole life-cycle of content with the goal of empowering human producers and consumers to effectively reuse, re-purpose, and personalize material, whether for entertainment, news, documentaries, education, interviews, health-care, science or security.


Some slides are now available in the event report.

10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:30 Mark Sandler (Head of School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London): The Semantic Media Project
Projects Funded By The Semantic Media Project
10:45 Michael Bell (Newcastle University): Tawny Overtone
11:00 Tim Crawford (Goldsmiths, University of London): Semantic Linking and Integration of Content, Knowledge and Metadata in Early Music
11:15 Ryan Stables (Birmingham City University): Large-Scale Capture of Producer-Defined Musical Semantics
11:30 David Newman (University of Southampton): SemanticNews: enriching publishing of news stories
11:45 Coffee Break
Media Archives at The British Library
12:00 Richard Ranft (Head of Sound and Vision, BL): Opening Up Audiovisual Collections At The British Library
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Paul Wilson (Curator, Radio, BL): Radio Archives At The British Library
14:30 Luke McKernan (Lead Curator, News and Moving Image, BL): The British Library’s News Collections
15:00 Discussion Panel
15:45 Coffee Break (transition to networking)
16:00 ‘Speed dating’-like networking
17:00 End of Event


The 'Semantic Media @ The British Library' workshop will take place at the The British Library Conference Centre (96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB) on 23 September2013.

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Please note that while attendance is free of charge, we kindly ask you, for organizational purposes, to register as early as possible if you intend to come. Please use the following website to register:

Please note: There are two types of tickets available: Workshop and Networking and Workshop only. The networking part will happen in a room with limited capacity only and therefore the number of 'Workshop and Networking' tickets is limited.

We hope to see you at the The British Library. On behalf of the project team,

Luke McKernan (Lead Curator, News and Moving Image, The British Library)
Mark Sandler (Queen Mary University of London)
David De Roure (University of Oxford)
Sebastian Ewert (Queen Mary University of London)