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The user as consumer, producer, manager of content and communication is central to all future developments in this area: users want to create, manage and share their own media, and socialise through the media. Users interact with content. The emphasis of research will thus be on user created media, on unstructured distribution/delivery/storage of media and on variable distribution patterns between multiple users. This vision of user centric media and the new paradigm for audio-visual content models is supported by major technological, standardisation and business changes in the area: convergence of media and communications, especially in the home network, and the nomadicity of the user and the content.
At the same time, the change in content flow patterns will also have consequences on the audio-visual and network architectures and home environments. Research on the convergence of networks and media shall continue in the home and extended home, addressing user centric architectures and home media environments, as well as seamless access to content. New integrated solutions shall be developed for content networks and content management for preserving integrity and quality of content, for protecting access to content. The development of future AV systems and applications will be further fostered by research on promising technologies, like advanced metadata, intuitive and creative tools for media creation, content adaptation, augmented reality, AV sensors, mobile multiview or technologies for creating higher definition multimedia. The new trends in user behaviour also deeply influence the development of novel applications. Important applications in the networked audio-visual area requiring further technology research are gaming, cooperative networking and living audio-visual networks, media search and retrieval.
The Work Programme in the area of Networked Media has defined research objectives that will address the technological challenges brought up by the audio-visual revolution, characterised by a shift towards user centric media, by the omnipresence and proliferation of audio-visual content; and tributary of the convergence of media and communication. Research in networked media shall ensure that the whole media chain is optimised for new ways of media consumption and creation!
The "Networked Media" objective is fully integrated in a larger research challenge entitled "Pervasive & Trusted Network & Service Infrastructures". The challenge is to deliver the next generation of ubiquitous and converged network and service infrastructures for communication, computing and media. This entails overcoming the scalability, flexibility, dependability and security bottlenecks, as today’s network and service architectures are primarily static and able to support only a limited number of devices, service features and limited confidence. Therefore the research in Networked Media will have close links with other objectives in this challenge, and especially with The Network of the Future and Service and Software Architectures, Infrastructures and Engineering
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MAIN ACTIVITIES IN 2004
The main developments for 2004-2006 are those related to:
• Contribution to the preparation of FP7
• The preparation and launch of the appropriate initiatives aiming at the launching of the Calls of the Work Programme 2005-2006
• The set up of FP6 (launch of calls for proposals, negotiation of FP6 contracts and launch of Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence, Specific Targeted Research Projects and Specific Support Actions),
• Financial management and Programme management of contracts
• The carrying out of the scientific monitoring of all projects, including the organisation of a centralised and on-site technical reviews for all projects
• The preparation of three annual Concertation meetings together with the associated cluster workshops and meetings
Policy/Regulatory articulation and support
• Contribution to the creation of a European Research Area on the field.
• Contributing to the strategy of the implementation of the Information Society as in the post eEurope 2005 future action plan.
• Contribution to policies/regulations ensuring interoperability and open platforms.
• Participation to actions fostering the development of global framework for DRM.
• Technology support to digital switchover decision to boost e-inclusion, equipment and standards development.
• Co-operation with third countries (including China, Japan, Brazil) to promote the adoption of interoperable standards for interactive digital TV.
Dissemination of results
The activities of the Unit include a significant effort towards the dissemination of research results (conferences, workshops, newsletters, WEB presence, scientific publications, etc). The main vehicles for the dissemination of results in 2004 are:
• The participation in the IST Conferences notably with implementation of a session addressing Extended Home Environment and DRM Challenges, and organising and animating networking sessions on the area.
• The participation in international conferences (Euro India, Latin America, Digital Home in China etc.)
• The production of Bimonthly Information Newsletter providing news concerning FP6 developments, conference announcements, references to regulatory and policy developments, etc.
• Set-up of a Web site dedicated to Networked AV Services and Home Platforms developments
• Participation to International Broadcasting Convention and IFA (with major public demonstrations)
• Support and participation to a number of conferences such as :
Net@Home, European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP), CeBIT 2004, Wireless Ad-hoc Networks (IWWAN 2004), Quality of future Internet Services (QofIN’04), Broadband World Forum, Digital Divide and Regional Management, IST Mobile Summit, among others.