D-1.5 What benefits do you see in developing aggregation(s) of metadata for images, films/videos and sounds, or services based on such an aggregation? (Q6.3)

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Further benefits for teachers, related to the metadata and the resources themselves, are that an aggregation can:
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  • Be used to show students how to search for information as well as use it.
  • Make it easier to bring moving image content into the classroom.
  • Help teachers to develop new ways to think about moving image analysis.
  • Facilitate annotation of images and review of annotated images produced by students.
  • Support a change from text to image-based learning tools.
  • Enable easy download for use in study, research, teaching materials, classroom or virtual learning environment presentations.
  • Facilitate sharing of images and search for images that can be used in class as examples.
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One interviewee from an HE institution wants academics to be challenged by what they find, and so question it in novel ways, and thus be stimulated to create more interesting courses that differs from the content currently available.
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Specific research-related benefits identified were:
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  • To search for images with specific characteristics.
  • To generate new knowledge by reconfiguring or reusing or closely analysing moving image media.
  • To compare results between different solutions.
  • An example of a particular benefit was, in medical research, to be able to identify collections of images that had been used with a particular image analysis algorithm, so that others could repeat the analysis, or use the same images with an improved algorithm. This would require that the images and the associated algorithm be linked.
  • Improved access to research presentations.
  • Providing a link from any visualisations such as charts to the underlying data sets would be important for researchers.
  • Higher visibility of researchers’ work.
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A variety of further benefits were identified for aggregators including:
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  • Improving metadata globally and refining the schema.
  • Enabling the creation of tools for learners, teachers and researchers.
  • Providing a focus on use of audiovisual resources in learning, teaching and research as they are currently ‘undervalued’ for many courses.
  • Fewer silos and more cohesion through increasing the comprehensiveness and visibility of collections.
  • To spur the creation of more content.
  • Providing an enhanced profile for aggregators.
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For service providers further benefits identified included:
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  • Provision of richer services and tools, for example applications for image processing and viewers, and through incorporating metadata from large, well-known collections and end-user tagging.
  • Cost saving (staff and time): service developers can focus on service development without concerning themselves with aggregation of metadata.
  • Provision of real set(s) of metadata for test purposes.
  • Consistency of language or terminology.
  • Provision of a platform on which to build niche services.
  • Refinement of database services and applications based on cumulative information gathering.
  • The opportunity to work as part of a community developing services and tools around the aggregation.
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Further benefits identified for collection owners included:
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  • To enhance their collection with user-generated metadata (expert and other).
  • To enable cross-linking to other collections through a ‘find more like these’ capability (requiring access to the full metadata aggregation): this may also enhance brand recognition for smaller collection owners if a well-known large collection owner provided links from their site to a smaller site.
  • Allowing collection owners to focus on their core capabilities and services yet benefiting from an aggregation.
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Additional beneficiaries and benefits were identified by respondents, though it is not clear how these relate directly to an aggregation of metadata about images and time-based media:
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  • To pressure legislators and holders to ease copyright restrictions.
  • Institutions – to enhance links between the institution and the community.
  • Artists and filmmakers – to generate new works.
  • Curators/coordinators/librarians – to make our job easier.

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