The European Commission released a feature story on December 18, 2012 about “TV and the internet: a marriage made in entertainment heaven“. The article discusses a set of innovations possible through the cross-fertilization of the TV and Internet technology. The article mentions a number of relevant research projects
About ViSTA-TV it mentions:
The recently launched Vista-TV (5) project is developing a system to extract, mine and analyse anonymised viewing data from connected TV users. The end result, the project team hopes, will be the creation of an entirely new SME-driven market in TV viewing-behaviour information.
We at ViSTA-TV are proud to be mentioned in such a release and are looking forward to publish first results about the project here mid 2013.
The ViSTA-TV project accomplished its first major milestone. In a collaborative effort, a stream-processing framework for the ViSTA-TV platform was established. Based on Storm, the partners created sub-topologies which can be glued together visually using RapidMiner. Further achievements include measures for dealing properly with privacy and data protection as well as creating data sets for testing the system.
Check out the public deliverable reports and learn about the project’s progress in more detail:
D4.1 Recommendations Engine Dummy Version
D4.4 Recommender Data Models
D6.1 External Data Service Design
The kick-off ViSTA-TV Press Release (in German) has been sent out.
Live video content is increasingly consumed over IP networks in addition to traditional broadcasting. The move to IP provides a huge opportunity to discover what people are watching in much greater breadth and depth than currently possible through interviews or set-top box based data gathering by rating organizations, because it allows direct analysis of consumer behavior via the logs they produce. The ViSTA-TV project proposes to gather consumers’ anonymized viewing behavior and the actual video streams from broadcasters/IPTV-transmitters, to combine them with enhanced electronic program guide information as the input for a holistic live-stream data mining analysis.
ViSTA-TV will employ the gathered information via a stream-analytics process to generate a high-quality linked open dataset (LOD) describing live TV programming. Combining the LOD with the behavioral information gathered, ViSTA-TV will be in the position to provide highly accurate market research information about viewing behavior that can be used for a variety of analyses of high interest to all participants in the TV-industry. ViSTA-TV will employ the information gathered to build a recommendation service that exploits both usage information and personalized feature extraction in conjunction with existing metadata to provide real-time viewing recommendations.
These results will be made possible by scientific progress in data-stream mining consisting of advances in data mining for tagging, recommendations, and behavioral analyses and temporal/probabilistic RDF-triple stream processing.
ViSTA-TV is a European Union-funded research project, beginning on 1 June 2012, and lasting for two years. The partners are:
- University of Zurich (Coordindator)
- TU Dortmund University
- Rapid-I GmbH
- Zattoo Europa AG
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam