DAS New York: Program

Posted on March 3, 2015

FBI LogoThe Forensic Audio, Video and Image Analysis Unit:
Overview & Digital Image/Video Authentication

The Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit (FAVIAU) operates as a centralized forensic laboratory providing field investigators with expert forensic examination services in the disciplines of audio, video, and imaging. The Unit is occasionally tasked with the authentication of submitted evidence. As the field has transitioned from analog to digital, the tools used to verify the pedigree of data has changed. Challenges with non-analog type media lie in many areas including proprietary file formats, the proliferation of free image altering software (both as free-ware and as embedded device software) and the inconsistent format of meta-data. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the units overall capabilities and concentrate of the methods used to authenticate scene and non-scene content of digital imagery and video.

  • Walter E. Breuhs
    Supervisory Photographic Technologist, Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit



MoMAMoMA Digital Repository for Museum Collections

The Museum of Modern Art’s department of conservation has built the first digital repository management software tailored to meet the needs and requirements of museum collections. This new free and open source software facilitates digital collections care, management, preservation, and access for time-based media and born-digital artworks – with a particular focus on moving image material. The case study will share a holistic view of how MoMA has implemented this software to meet the challenges of managing a collection that includes thousands of heterogeneous media assets, projected to grow to the petabyte scale over the course of the next three years.

  • Ben Fino-Radin
    Digital Repository Manager, Museum of Modern Art


WWEThe Launching of the WWE Network

WWE is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company creates and delivers original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE Network, the first ever 24/7 direct-to-consumer network, launched live in the US on Monday February 24, 2014 and now reaches over 170 countries worldwide. WWE Network launched with 1500 hours of VOD content and is currently at nearly 3000. As subscribers to the network surpass 1.3 million subscribers following WrestleMania 31, there is more demand for original and VOD content.   Tracey Shaw, SVP of TV and Network Operations at WWE, will present on the legacy of WWE content holdings, the preparation, delivery and launch of the VOD content of WWE Network as well as the delivery of linear content, lessons learned and future plans.

  • Tracey Shaw
    Senior Vice President of TV and Network Operations, WWE


JHJohns Hopkins Digital Preservation Repositories for Research and Science

The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University have been storing and archiving research data for over a decade and have recently developed a data archive through initial funding from the National Science Foundation. Through work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the development of the Data Conservancy, the Sheridan Libraries have developed a conceptual model for data management, a definition of preservation inspired by the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model and a set of lessons learned.

This talk will describe the history of this data curation work and its culmination through the development of the JHU data archive. Additionally, the talk will feature challenges or opportunities related to data management that span different types of data from a diverse array of communities or organizations.

  • Sayeed Choudhury
    Associate Dean for Research Data Management, Johns Hopkins University and Hodson Director, Digital Research and Curation Center, Johns Hopkins University



Tagasauris: The HyperTED Project

Building off of TED Talks, HyperTED was created to explore how ideas could be interlinked and consumed at the concept level, further pushing the idea of relationship aware hypervideo and allowing users the opportunity to explore over 1681 inspirational TED talks at the fragment level. This fine level of granularity  allows for the non-linear exploration and sharing of online media. Chapters and particular regions of interest are automatically created, sequentially organized and used to delimit important sections of the narrative flow within a given TED talk. HyperTED also utilizes “Hot Spots” in order to highlight important concepts and topics which can then serve as the basis for recommendations on other talks and interlinked concepts. Furthermore, HyperTED is enriched with background knowledge from DBpedia, Freebase and online educational resources from catalogs provided by the Open University and Open Courseware. Outcomes of the HyperTED project include:
  • 4.5X amplification beyond the Google Search index
  • 30% increase in total video views by suggesting relevant content based on the Hot Spot recommender system
  • 20% increase in inbound traffic from Social Network Services
  • 20% increase in time spent on the site per visit
  • Todd Carter
    Founder/ CEO of Tagasauris Inc


PerfectMemoryPerfect Memory and
Museum of the Federation of Wallonie of Belgium

We are entering a new age of the technology where networks become an extension of human organizations’ memory. Biologically inspired, the semantic web brings data to life. The reengineering of information into usable knowledge is the new paradigm.

This presentation will introduce two use cases that demonstrate the impact of Knowledge Curation solutions for organizations. In particular, it will demonstrate how a semantic middleware approach:

  • converts sources of data into usable knowledge,
  • eases the access to the distributed knowledge,
  • ensures the continuous acquisition of new knowledge.

Steny Solitude, CEO of Perfect Memory, will introduce the concept of Semantic Middleware, an open semantic bus for Knowledge Curation.

Jean-Louis Blanchard, CTO of the Museum of the Federation of Wallonie of Belgium, will show the monetization of museum assets using semantic reconciliation, enrichment and publication of its digital assets.

  • Steny Solitude
    CEO, Perfect Memory
  • Jean-Louis Blanchard
    CTO, Museum of the Federation of Wallonie of Belgium



The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Audiovisual archives benefit from fostering a ‘culture of innovation’ – as a way to effectively manage ever-changing expectations of user groups, and at the same time make the most of new opportunities offered by technology. In the context of managing digital assets, adapting the idea of “two-speed IT” contributes to building the culture of innovation. The core strategy aims to accommodate two tracks simultaneously – foundational but “slow”, and innovative but flexible and “fast”. In the case of Sound and Vision, an off-the shelf asset management system forms the foundation, next to a more agile layer of tailor made solutions for distinct functionalities, notably open source search and automatic metadata extraction. This is the layer where output of research can be implemented in production workflows. In 2014, Sound and Vision has followed this strategy to successfully deploy speaker labeling, followed by the roll out of technology to extract so-called named entities from subtitle files in 2015. Both help to automate the annotation process. This presentation will highlight the choices behind the two-speed IT and discuss lessons learned over the past year in working with internal stakeholders and external parties such as software development agencies and researchers in academia.

  • Johan Oomen
    Manager Research and Development Department at Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid


HipstasHiPSTAS NEH R&D Project:
Automated Extraction of Metadata From Large Collections

For over a decade organizations with legacy audio holdings have placed their resources and focus on digitization. Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of hours have been digitized, searching through audio content has been constrained largely to text-based description, greatly restricting discovery. To address this reality, the High Performance Sound Technologies for Analysis and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) project is working on applying advanced computational techniques, such as spectral analysis and machine learning, to expand opportunities for discovery and research insights across audio collections.
This talk will explore first results of the HiPSTAS project when applied to two bodies of materials. The first is the University of Texas Folklore Center Archives, containing collections from John and Alan Lomax, in which HiPSTAS enables discovery based on genre. The second is PennSound, containing poetry read by Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Cecilia Vicuña, and many others, in which HiPSTAS enables discovery based on dates, speaker, and venue.
  • Tanya Clement
    Assistant Professor, School of Information,
    University of Texas at Austin