European CHronicles Online
Period:February 1, 2000 - May 31, 2003
The main objectives of the project were to develop a long term reusable software infrastructure to support digital film archives, to provide Web-based access to collections of historical documentary films of great international value and to increase the productivity and cost effectiveness of producing digital film archives.
The project developed and demonstrated an open architecture approach to distributed digital film archive services. The open architecture supports service extensibility and interoperability. The distinct features of the ECHO system are: semi-automatic metadata extraction and acquisition from digital film Information, non-English speech recognizers (Italian, French, Dutch, German) for the purpose of indexing, searching, and retrieval, cross-language retrieval capabilities, intelligent access to digital films, automatic
film summary Creation, collection mechanisms, privacy and billing mechanisms.