The (first stage of the) AAA project has ended March 30th, 2010. Please cf. the executive summary below for a summarization of its results; a proposal for a follow-up project has been submitted.
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Relevant links
Survey with Swiss academic institutions on academic video (n=20)
Students survey (n=165) on the use of lecture recording with three German-speaking universities mainly
Report on the project in SWITCHmagazine, March 2010 (p.42)
 
Deliverables
The deliverables of the project are the reports on the various issues we identified as relevant with respect to the current situation and the further development of academic video.
 
Executive summary
The project succeeded in bringing the relevant institutions to the table, either as participants in the project, via the survey, networking events (AAA Day, Eduhub Days) or in person meetings: The community around academic video has been established.
 
WP1: Academic video and LMS
Almost every Swiss academic institutions is producing audiovisual content (lecture and event recordings mainly) and the majority of that content is publicly available – despite existing uncertainty about the legal implications. With respect to LMS, the landscape is very heterogeneous in Switzerland (Moodle prevalent, but many other systems around) and a good number of institutions use them for authorizing access to their content – quite a few, on the other side – don’t integrate with their LMS.
 
WP2: Accessibility / Authentication / Authorization
The report shows that existing institutional solutions cover only a limited feature set when it comes to access control: While they can restrict access to institutional users, there is no more granular control. SWITCHcast, however, provides solutions for a more customized access control, distinguishing various levels of access.
 
WP3: Metadata Schemes
Good news is that the majority of institutions does allocate metadata. However, most of them don’t obey to a scheme and/or vocabulary in doing so. Investigations regarding the current practice show that almost all the metadata elements come from a Dublin Core  or LOM background, which is why the proposed common metadata scheme features these sets mainly.
 
WP4: Archival
Due to staff shortages, the report is restricted to a more general considerations on the requirements and the technical aspects of long-term preservation of audiovisual content.
 
WP5: Interoperability
With every institution producing content, any notion of interoperability or exchange of content becomes difficult. The report as well as the proposal for the follow-up project show how a federation of metadata, together with a decentralized allocation of video, can cater for harmonized access in a heterogeneous environment.
 
 
"This project has been carried out as part of the "AAA/SWITCH - e-infrastructure for e-science" programme under the leadership of SWITCH, the Swiss National Research and Education Network, and has been supported by funds from the ETH Board, the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET)."
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