Financing for Mediamap+

Maarten Verwaest
December 15, 2012

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We’re happy to announce that with the co- funding by IWT (Agency for Innovation through Science and Technology) the financing of our Celtic research project, called MediaMap+ is in place. Mediamap+ researches ways to structure information in order to create a production and distribution chain for audiovisual assets as a prerequisite for the deployment of a real-time co-production environment. Both semantic technology and an innovative file format, capable of embedding structured information, are key to this media ecosystem for co-production as they increase the interoperability between systems, individual collaborators and different producers entering into a co-production.
The consortium behind Mediamap+ counts 11 organizations, including a broadcaster, a number of small to medium enterprises and research institutes, from 6 different countries.
The project runs for 27 months. Limecraft is involved with the development of production-related technology and takes the lead in the research on standardization. White papers on the respective topics are to follow.
Here’s the list of our Mediamap+ -partners:
**EBU** (the European Broadcasting Union)(Switserland) is the leading association of national media organizations in the world, comprising a total of 85 organizations in 56 countries.
**Front Porch Digital** (Canada) provides an end-to-end solution for cost-effective digitizing, accessing, and preserving media.
**Kane Consulting** (France and UK), expert in broadcast workflows, validates any technical breakthrough in terms of its impact on a broadcaster’s content and revenues.
The **Kendra Initiative** (UK) is an international media, technology, academy and industry alliance to foster an open digital media marketplace (including films, music, images, games and text).
**Memnon Archiving Services** (Belgium) provides mass scale migration, archiving and post processing services for the preservation and enrichment of audiovisual and multimedia archives.
**Perfect Memory** (France), provides a platform for the digitization, the indexation, the preservation and the sharing of multimedia archives, while automating the editorial processing of the content.
**RTBF** (Belgium) is the state owned broadcaster of the French Community of Belgium offering 4 TV channels (La Une, La Deux, la Trois, and Arte Belgique) and 6 radio channels (La Première, Classic21, Musiq3, Vivacité, Pure FM, RTBF International).
**TITAN** (Televisual Interactive Terminal and Associated Networks) (Belgium) is non-profit organization to facilitate the transition to a digital communication technology.
**SGT** (France) is a global software vendor of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), both flexible and modular, to cater for the needs of broadcast and media industries.
**Vivesta** (the Netherlands) combines Media Management, Channel management, Linear and non-linear Publishing in a single solution for TV, VOD, IPTV and mobile TV services.