The project’s objective is to provide scalable next-generation ‘search by example’ functionality across national video archives. The project will develop beyond the state of the art in video segmentation, content representation/matching/ranking functionality and these outputs are intended to provide positive, disruptive impact in multimedia search capability across the media industry nationally and internationally.

The beneficiaries of this project’s outputs will include academics, journalists, broadcasters, TV viewers, multimedia companies and organisations hosting and managing large video or multimedia repositories.

Journalists and broadcasters will directly benefit by time efficiency savings and the rapid discovery of relevant content when using this new technology. This will in turn provide better, more relevant and more enriched TV programming in less time thus having economic savings. This will have a benefit to TV viewers who will enjoy more relevant TV programmes by the effective repurposing of content within big media archives. As a key partner, the immediate beneficiary will be the BBC who will likely adopt and integrate the new technology within their workflows to improve the discovery of media content when producing TV programmes. However, the technologies developed are transferable to other broadcasters and indeed major online companies such as Youtube who rely on semantically enriched search technologies.

Academics will benefit by the dissemination and inspiration of the project’s new research findings and search technologies for rapidly discovering relevant video/multimedia content based on new intelligent algorithms.

The pathways to impact document provides an outline of a series of activities including co-creation workshops and licensing to increase the likelihood of research impact and adoption of the novel, disruptive technologies produced in this project.