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U.S. Department of Energy’s ScienceCinema Accesses Searchable Videos

Scientific videos for R&D from the Department of Energy (DOE) are now searchable through Science Cinema. Jeffrey Salmon, deputy director for resource management with the DOE Office of Science, said, “Video, animation, visualization, and other forms of multimedia are now widely used to record, share, and collaborate in science. Because of the U.S. Department of Energy’s central role in science, we are also at the center of technology for collecting and disseminating this new media. ScienceCinema’s pioneering search and retrieval capability provides the public with a way to quickly access and view our multimedia-based R&D information.”

The audio indexing and speech recognition technology underlying the innovative service comes from Microsoft Research and is known as MAVIS (Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System). The video files are produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest, precise snippets of the video in which the search terms were spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.

ScienceCinema was produced, in part, as a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of speech recognition in the complex vocabulary of science. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy



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