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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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)
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.
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
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
WP2: Accessibility / Authentication / Authorization
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.
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
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
"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)."