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A FLEXIBLE SYSTEM FOR MULTIMEDIA MANAGEMENT AND PUBLISHING M. Bertini, G. Becchi, A. Del Bimbo, A. Ferracani Univ.

of Florence - MICC Firenze, Italy


ABSTRACT We demonstrate the IM3I (www.im3i.eu) platform, a system that provides a exible approach for the management, annotation and publishing of collections of images and videos. The system is based on web services that allow automatic and manual annotation, retrieval, browsing and authoring of multimedia content. Index Terms Multimedia database, multimedia authoring, content analysis, content-based retrieval. 1. INTRODUCTION One of the most important user requirements highlighted by two surveys conducted within two EU research projects (VidiVideo and IM3I) with more than 50 professionals working in broadcasters, national video archives, photographic archives and cultural heritage organizations, is that multimedia annotation and management system have to be web-based. In fact, this requirement was deemed mandatory by 75% of the interviewees and desirable by another 20% [1]. To satisfy this need the IM3I system, presented in this demo, offers an integrated service-oriented environment for processing, analysing, indexing, tagging, searching and publishing multimedia content. 2. THE SYSTEM IM3I provides a service-oriented architecture that allows for multiple viewpoints of multimedia data deep inside repositories, providing better ways to reuse, repurpose and share rich media. This paves the way for a multimedia information management platform that is more exible, adaptable, and customizable. In fact, it offers webbased exibility and a single point of access for managing and publishing multimedia content. The goal is to avoid to redesign existing infrastructure and workows, but rather to complement them; thanks to the SOA paradigm it is possible to add only the required services to an existing multimedia management system. This latter point is particularly important when considering subjects like broadcasters or national video archives, that can not throw away their existing systems. Automatic multimedia annotation is performed by user denable processing pipelines, and services for syntactic and semantic audio and video annotations are provided. Visual annotation is performed using an implementation of the BoW paradigm, based on a fusion of MSER, SURF and SIFT features and the Pyramid Matching Kernel. Audio annotation is based on a fusion of chroma, timbral and spectral features and SVM classiers. CBIR retrieval is performed using MPEG-7 features. An ontology-based search and browsing engine that uses the approach presented in [2] can be used as a service or through Rich Internet Application interfaces. Other services and specialized interfaces allow tagging and CBIR. Publishing functionalities are provided by a set of services and interfaces of the authoring platform. This platform allows to import and publish existing media repositories and to author web-based environments that let end-users to interact with the repositories. Authors can create elaborate workow patterns and search interfaces, that can be embedded in a variety

G. Ioannidis, A. Stan IN2 Ltd Bremen, Germany

E. Bijk Utrecht School of the Arts Hilversum, The Netherlands

of commercial CMS systems. The authoring environment has been developed as an AJAX application.

Fig. 1. Screenshots of some of the IM3I tools; from top to bottom: semantic search, CBIR and tagging, authoring interface. 3. DEMONSTRATION We will present a live demo of all the functionalities of the IM3I system including: the management of automatic multimedia analysis pipeline, the use of the manual annotation tools, the searching and browsing tools and the authoring interfaces. Acknowledgments The IM3I project was co-nanced by the European Commission FP7 programme (contract FP7-222267). 4. REFERENCES [1] M. Bertini, G. DAmico, A. Ferracani, M. Meoni, and G. Serra, Sirio, Orione and Pan: an integrated web system for ontologybased video search and annotation, in Proc. of ACM Multimedia (ACM MM), 2010. [2] L. Ballan, M. Bertini, A. Del Bimbo, and G. Serra, Video annotation and retrieval using ontologies and rule learning, IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 8088, Oct.-Dec. 2010.