The main objective of ECHO (European Chronicles On Line) was to develop a universally deployable software infrastructure for the support of digitized AV archives. The emphasis in the project was thus on non-English language areas. Access to archives in these language areas is often difficult; while the preserved and accessible material is of course no less worthwhile. The second important objective of ECHO is therefore: to achieve cooperation between different audiovisual archives through a joint search structure. By using advanced search options, searching for images is made easy and provided in different ways. For the automatic extraction of annotations, a combination of speech recognition, language interpretation and image recognition is used.
Sound & Vision was involved in formulating user requirements, putting together a suitable corpus in consultation with the other user partners, assisting with the design of a metadata standard and coordinating an extensive evaluation round.
This project was financed within the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Sound & Vision, Memoriav (CH), Istituto Luce (IT), Institut Nationale Audiovisuel (FR), Tecmath, EIT, CNR, CMU, CNRS-LIMSI, ITC-IRST, University of Twente, University of Mannheim