TF-Media Activity Areas

TF-Media is active in the following Work Items:

A) Metadata and repositories
Content and its sharing, Metadata, Search and indexing, Feasibility check of inter-operations, federations, harmonisations

B) From media to Learning Objects
Support for e-learning, Pedagogical implementations, Legal and copyright aspects

C) Back-end systems
Platform maintenance and development, Distribution and live streaming solutions, Media services in the cloud, MediaMosa governance discussion
Led by SURFnet

D) Lecture recording and enrichment
Best practices, service/tool catalogue, Select the next technology, Open formats and licenses, Automated/Portable lecture recording, Video/Web conferencing interface
Led by UVigo

E) Promotions and PR
Wikipedia, Using social media (Google+, GlobalPlaza, Ning, Facebook, etc.), Various target groups (students, lecturers, HEI media service admins, technicians, etc.), Liaisons with other task forces, global peers, librarians, etc.

TF-Media former Work Items (2010-2012):

A) Knowledge dissemination and service promotion:
Organize interesting talks with speakers both from within and outside the TF-Media participants. Work together to disseminate and promote media production, management and distribution services and use cases to the academic community. Discuss policy and legal issues at the European, national and university levels (including schools' perspectives). Liaise with TF-CPR on service promotion.

B) Overview of (national) activities, deployments and services:
Gather information on relevant projects, activities, deployments and services, service level specifications at national levels. Collect best practices and service requirements. Publish on the TF-Media wiki on an ongoing basis. Liaise with TF-MSP on service portfolios.

C) Coordinating/Collaborating media production, management and distribution service development and deployment activities:
Various media management and distribution services or service components are already provided by some of the NRENs and large universities. The aim of this work item is to: Investigate the potential service architectures and open standards. Harmonise the workflow processes to help the service roll-out. Collect, compare, where possible share, the open source service modules.

D) Fostering federated media content and/or metadata repositories:
Collect recommendations on the metadata levels, structures and formats to ensure the better searchability. Describe the problem space of using the NREN AAI federations with media content storage and repository services. Facilitate the creation of federated content aggregating metadata from different organisations. Liaise with TF-EMC2 to find a path to solve the problems and/or suggest suitable workarounds (e.g., non-web based federated access).

E) Investigate and liaise with other communities:
Such as TERENA task forces, EUNIS e-Learning group, Europeana and librarians' community, Opencast Community, Steeple project, CineGrid, Standardisation bodies and many more.

New work items or deliverables may be added as the Task Force sees fit.