Science Collaboration Expands with OSTI's ScienceCinema

The Department of Energy (DOE), the largest Federal government supporter of basic physical science research in the United States, has collaborated with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the world’s leading particle physics laboratories, to open CERN’s scientific multimedia collections to searches in DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information’s (OSTI’s) ScienceCinema, making some of the DOE’s - and now CERN’s - most exciting research more visible to researchers and the public.
ScienceCinema is an innovative multimedia search tool that uses the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS), a speech recognition technology developed by Microsoft Research, to allow users to quickly and precisely find video files produced by the research community. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken.
IIa assisted in preparing multimedia content that highlights the DOE’s cutting-edge research for search in ScienceCinema. OSTI launched ScienceCinema in February 2011 with approximately 1,000 hours of scientific videos produced by DOE national laboratories and research facilities. Shortly afterward, CERN volunteered its multimedia material and formed a partnership with OSTI to apply the MAVIS technology to CERN files and to make them searchable through ScienceCinema. Over 1,700 videos from DOE and CERN are now available in ScienceCinema.
CERN IT Department Head Frédéric Hemmer said, “It is very exciting to see increased visibility for the results of basic science, especially in the multimedia formats. We expect this collaboration to yield even more access in the near future as to how we probe some of the Universe’s secrets.”
Microsoft Senior Vice President Rick Rashid noted that the partnership is clearing a path forward for increased access to important reservoirs of research information. “The DOE and CERN are on the cutting edge of adopting technologies that go beyond text and allow people to search for spoken words,” said Rashid. “This is the way forward to give the scientific and research communities and the public access to vast amounts of important multimedia content.