Recording lectures and distributing audio-visual content in a variety of formats has become everyday business for institutions of higher education in Switzerland. This, in turn, discloses and highlights a number of problems and deficiencies that prevent the content from unfolding its academic value: lack of standards prevents syndication and federation of content, the exchange of content is technically impeded in a heterogeneous academic environment and the long-term preservation of content is everything but safeguarded. In order to overcome these limitations the project SwissEducast focuses on creating long-term solutions for the exchange of audio-visual objects: standards, formats, and metadata will be defined to foster the availability, interoperability and commutability of content across technological and institutional barriers - with an emphatically long-ranging perspective safeguarded by an archival strategy for audio-visual content. With regard to dissemination, the connection to the learning space has to be established and technical aspects of accessing the material have to be clarified with a perspective on Open Access and the relevant legal aspects.
audio-visual content distribution, metadata, SWITCH, SWITCHcast, archiving, interoperability
The outcomes of the project are the reports on various issues that were identified as relevant with respect to the current situation and the further development of academic video. More information on the outcomes can be found on the website of the project in the section "Deliverables
Website of the project
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).