Search, REST & Play! Video Discovery
James Alexander, Open University: The Open University has been creating programmes in partnership with BBC
for over forty years. The resulting video archive contains over 9,000
programmes and 70,000 tapes of raw footage. The Access to Video Assets
(AVA) project has been making this collection accessible to facilitate
reuse and digitally preserving content: about 100TB of data so far.
Making video discoverable presents challenges that go beyond text-based
search, and AVA has used Solr in unlocking this archive and bringing
order to a collection that contains a plethora of physical and digital
formats: these include over twenty types of tape, BBC holdings records,
library catalogue and transmission data, subtitles, transcripts, rights
contracts and other documents.
The resulting interface is designed to make video and metadata held in a
repository accessible in innovative and intuitive ways for use by
non-specialists. Its features include tag clouds hyperlinked to play out
video content as well as other visualization and exploration tools
including image storyboards, dynamic menus and facets.
This presentation outlines how Solr's REST API has been used to rapidly
develop a Drupal interface and how indexing can be used to produce