Child pages
  • Investigate and liaise with other communities
Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata


The list of other "communities" and projects with related interests to those of TF-Media.





EUNIS e-Learning group 


[]] |

OPENCAST Community 


[]] | The Opencast community is a collaboration of higher education institutions working together to explore, define, and document podcasting best practices and technologies. 

Steeple project 


[]] | The vision for the original Steeple project is to investigate, develop, and document sustainable institutional infrastructure to support university wide educational podcasting.



[]] | To build an interdisciplinary community that is focused on the research, development, and demonstration of networked collaborative tools to enable the production, use and exchange of very-high-quality digital media over photonic networks.



[]] | The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for heads of services working within UK Higher Education.

JISC Digital Media 


[]] | JISC Digital Media exists to help the UK's FE and HE communities embrace and maximise the use of digital media

Meetings of other "communities" :






Jan 2010 

IARU Workshop on Open Video

ETH Zurich

Recordings here:












Draft for "liaison paper" TF-Media - Opencast Community

> > - about TERENA, about TF-Media

The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA) offers a forum to collaborate, innovate and share knowledge in order to foster the development of Internet technology, infrastructure and services to be used by the research and education community.

The community of national research and education networking organisations (NRENs) has found that it is in a good position to provide audio and video recording, repository and distribution services to universities (where e.g., lectures can be recorded, archived and distributed), taking into account special requirements regarding quality, searchability, copyright, policy, etc. The goal is to identify potential roles in developing this area, as well as the core group of researchers willing to work on the technical and administrative issues around those roles.


> > - about Opencast, about Matterhorn

Founded in 2007, the Opencast Community is a global community addressing all facets of academic video; members are academic institutions mainly, but the community is open to individuals and companies as well. The Opencast Community supports a number of projects with the overall goal of facilitating the management of audiovisual content. The most prominent among these, the Opencast Matterhorn Project is developing an Open Source management system for academic video, mainly to organize, record, handle and distribute lecture recordings, providing users with tools to engage with the resulting rich medium beyond the mere consumption. The Opencast Community considers itself the community around Matterhorn very much.

> > - the purpose of the liaison

The idea is to make the two networks aware of their respective work and to collaborate in areas where the focus is similar: Metadata, legal issues, and discussions of general topics around academic video (codecs, licensing, technology). Dedicated collaborations should be fostered, e.g. with respect to technological exchange.

> > - how works are related and why

While both communities are open for collaboration in principle, their composition is different: TERENA and TF-Media have a European emphasis (with a distinct collaboration towards Australia) and are very much driven by the various NREN. This differs from the Opencast Community, mainly driven by academic institutions. While this might imply differences with respect some domains in detail (service provision, policies etc.), the overall goals are very similar: To foster the exchange of information around academic video, to advocate the exchange of academic video (i.e. their metadata) and to consider opportunities for technological cooperation.

> > - what is he benefit for Opencast

As a community around Opencast Matterhorn, the Opencast Community would like to raise awareness to Matterhorn with TF-Media and the participating NREN. While Matterhorn is designed to serve academic institutions in the first instance, its framework and design should also allow for the requirements of other organizations: NREN could use Matterhorn services to provide services to academic institutions where centralized services make sense or institutions don't have the resources to establish their own (Matterhorn).

> > - what is the benefit for TF-Media


  • No labels