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Collaboration Agreement between AXES and META-NET



The Network of Excellence “Technologies for the Multilingual European Information Society”, henceforth META-NET, and the project “AXES, Access to Audiovisual Archives”, henceforth AXES, both established within Framework Programme 7, recognise the complementarity of their objectives and declare their intent for multi-level collaboration.

Scope and Objectives of the Participants

The overall aim of the AXES project is to develop tools that provide various types of users with new engaging ways to interact with audiovisual libraries, helping them discover, browse, navigate, search and enrich archives. In particular, apart from a search-oriented scheme, we will explore how suggestions for audiovisual content exploration can be generated via a myriad of information trails crossing the archive. Innovative indexing techniques are developed in close cooperation with a number of user communities, including media professionals, educators, students, amateur researchers, and home users. Based on an existing open source service platform for digital libraries, novel navigation and search functionalities will be offered via interfaces tuned to user profiles and workflow. AXES technology will open up audiovisual digital libraries, increasing their cultural value and their exposure to the European public and academia at large. The consortium is a perfect match to the multi-disciplinary nature of the project, with professional content owners academic and industrial experts in audiovisual analysis, retrieval, and user studies, and partners experienced in system integration and project management.

META-NET is a Network of Excellence dedicated to the technological foundations of the European multilingual information society. Its main goals are: to build a strategic alliance META, consisting of national and international research programmes, corporate users and commercial technology providers and language communities; to strengthen the European research community through research networking and by creating new schemes and structures for sharing resources, that is the META-SHARE infrastructure; and to build bridges by approaching open problems in collaboration with other research fields such as machine learning, social computing, cognitive systems, knowledge technologies and multimedia content. META-NET will lead to a strong language technology community with ties to other R&D communities, with a network into industry and public administration, and with visions and plans for a strategic research agenda, to support the sustainability of the European, multilingual information society.

Areas of collaboration

As AXES aims at enhancing interaction with audiovisual libraries in different languages to various user groups, AXES and META-NET both focus on areas such as knowledge technologies, multimedia content, multilinguality and machine learning.

  • AXES will actively participate and exhibit at META events, e.g. META-FORUM;

  • AXES will promote META through its various dissemination channels and materials;

  • AXES will provide access to its tools and data resources via the META-SHARE infrastructure, in addition to the AXES project specific dissemination channels.


Signed on behalf of AXES

Signed on behalf of META-NET

Philippe Rohou

Coordinator of AXES


Hans Uszkoreit

Coordinator of META-NET


Philippe Rohou