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1st International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

1st International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

26th - 27th April 2010, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland



The ability to effectively manage and protect digital multimedia content in creation, collection, preservation, and dissemination is increasingly crucial as digital technology continues to produce vast amounts of valuable and irreplaceable knowledge and information. The amount of such digital multimedia information is already huge, but as we speak it is still growing at unbelievable speed and to gigantic amount of such information.

The big questions are:  Can data generated yesterday be searchable and displayable by hardware and software today and in future? Will digital content created today be accessible and presentable throughout its lifecycle (i.e. also tomorrow)? How to deal with the large number and quite different incompatible multimedia archives? How to ensure some level of interoperability among them? What are the requirements for multimedia long term archival in general? What do we cover today in standards and what and where are the gaps?

To answer these questions (or at least some of them) the workshop aims to bring together archive professionals with technical experts working in the research, development and standardization in order to assist the alignment of user needs with the availability of technical solutions. The workshop will address with invited talks and panel discussions the following key topics:

  • End user requirements on preservation methods and formats
  • Digital archival projects - user expectations and experiences
  • Technical frameworks and architectures for multimedia archives
  • Trends in data modelling
  • Progress in digital preservation methods and archival formats
  • Interoperability issues and standardization efforts
  • Ingest and access methods for cooperation of archives


Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL

Institute of Electrical Engineering IEL

Multimedia Signal Processing Group MMSPG

CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Ecma International

Rue du Rhone 114

CH-1204 Geneva, Switzerland

Practical information

Workshop fee 100 CHF
Meeting location EPFL - Salle polyvalente, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Contact Isabelle Walch, Ecma International
Phone: ++41 (22) 849 6000, Fax: ++41 (22) 849 6001
E-mail: isabelle@ecma-international.org
Travel and accommodation Travel and accommodation are to be organized by participants
Detailed information on travel and accommodation here


Who should register Please note that only participants are asked to register; speakers do not have to.
April 22, 2010
How to register CLICK HERE in order to register and pay the registration fee on line or via bank transfer

Final Agenda

Click here to download the final agenda as PDF file

Day One – Monday, April 26th, 2010

08:15h Registration & Coffee
09:00h Welcome & Introduction by Touradj Ebrahimi and Istvan Sebestyen

Session 1: Digital Archival Projects - Part 1

Chairperson: Touradj Ebrahimi, Head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group, EPFL, SWITZERLAND

09:30h Use of JPEG2000 in preservation
Richard Clark, ELYSIUM Ltd., UK
10:00h Million Books Digital Library Project - From books to multimedia
Tiejun Huang, Deputy director Institute of Digital Multimedia Technology, Peking University, P. R. CHINA
10:30h Montreux Jazz Festival digital archives project
Frederic Dufaux, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
11:00h Coffee & Refreshments
11:30h Efficient film digitization and restoration
Jean-Pierre Gehrig, CEO, Cinetis SA, SWITZERLAND
12:00h Searching in video sequences- core technologies in THESEUS
Thomas Riegel, Project Manager, Corporate Technologies, Siemens AG, GERMANY
12:30h Lunch break
  Social Program
Visit of Gruyères
14:00h Bus pick-up at EPFL () for Gruyères
15:30h Guided visit of Château de Gruyères
16:45h Multimedia show
17:15h Free visit of the city
19:30h Dinner at Café-Restaurant des Remparts
21:30h Bus pick-up for return to Lausanne
22:40h Arrival in Lausanne

Day Two – Tuesday, April, 27th, 2010

08:15h Registration & Coffee

Session 2: Technical frameworks & Architectures for Multimedia Archives

Chairperson: Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General, Ecma International, SWITZERLAND

09:00h Long term preservation of digital content in analog supports
Lukas Rosenthaler, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
09:30h Magnetic tape storage and the growth of archival data
10:00h New hardware and software system for long term preservation DVDs - write once read forever
Douglas P. Hansen, Millenniata,USA
10:30h Coffee & Refreshments

Session 3: Progress in Digital Preservation Methods and Formats

Chairperson: Pierre-Andre Probst, Founder, Probst ICT Consulting, SWITZERLAND

11:00h JPEG 2000 archive profile
Siegfried Foessel, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, GERMANY
11:30h Professional Archive Application Format at ISO/IEC MPEG
Noboru Harada, Senior Research Scientist, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, JAPAN
12:00h Status of ITU-T standardization in the field of multimedia
Simao Campos-Neto, ITU-T, SWITZERLAND
12:30h Lunch Break
14:00h Long term preservation formats and processes
Roger Cummings, Technical Director, Symantec Corperation, USA
14:30h Requirements on TV Archives
European Broadcasting Union (EBU), SWITZERLAND
15:00h Coffee & Refreshments

Session 4: Quo vadis digital archiving of multi-media content?

Moderator: Touradj Ebrahimi, Head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group, EPFL, SWITZERLAND

15:30h Panel Discussion with stakeholders from the user's group, industry and public organizations.
Potential topics are:

  • What are the breakthroughs in preservation technology?
  • Content-based access to multimedia archives - user's dream or reality soon?
  • What do we need to preserve - bits, applications, context,...?
  • Which methods are best for long term physical preservation - digital/analog, electronic/ optical?
  • What kind of open standards are needed for preservation of multimedia content?
  • Copyrights and other IPR in archives - don't care or a serious issue?
17:00 Close of the workshop
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi on Saturday 17 April 2010 at 12:55