EUROPEANA MEDIA

Europeana Enhanced Unified Playout Service (EUPS)

Cooperation

6 Partners from 4 countries, project lead: Istituto Luce Cinecittà srl (LUCE)

Description

As of Today, Europeana provides access to 1.1 million videos and 735 thousand audio recordings that attract the end-users comprising of educators, researchers and the general public. However, there are three shortcomings in user experience that have been identified and prevent AV material from reaching its full potential, namely: (1) differing playout services used by content providers; (2) current playout on Europeana offers no additional features that make AV more appealing and reusable; (3) AV content reuse is often hindered by not always providing clear information about allowed options for reuse.

Project “Europeana Media” is divided into 4 activity work package areas, namely: User stories and requirements definition (WP1), Technical development (WP2), Evaluation (WP3), and Project management, impact and sustainability (WP4).

Objectives

  • To offer to heritage institutions a media playout with market-competitive quality, user friendly design, and cross-border content reusability.
  • To unlock the potential of audiovisual (AV) media in Europeana by increasing the appeal, visibility, reuse, research and interaction with Europe’s AV heritage available directly through Europeana Collections and 3rd party platforms that use Europeana content.

The Lab Non-Textual Materials at TIB will be leading WP3 and contributing to WP1. The evaluation activity will focus on the users, their requirements and needs, which will be analyzed during WP1. WP3 is broken into two task activities namely; Evaluation framework, and User-focused evaluation. The evaluation framework is based on ISO 9241-210, which defines the principles for conducting human-centred design. The user-focused evaluation will be carried out by employing methods such as task-based usability tests, think aloud, questionnaire, and eye tracking. The subtasks are Evaluation of the use cases from 3 user groups, namely; education, research, and EU citizens using Europeana collections.

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