Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 371–398

NinSuna: a fully integrated platform for format-independent multimedia content adaptation and delivery using Semantic Web technologies

Authors

    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
  • Wim Van Lancker
    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
  • Wesley De Neve
    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
  • Tom Paridaens
    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
  • Erik Mannens
    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
  • Rik Van de Walle
    • Departement of Electronics and Information Systems—Multimedia LabGhent University—IBBT
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11042-009-0354-0

Cite this article as:
Van Deursen, D., Van Lancker, W., De Neve, W. et al. Multimed Tools Appl (2010) 46: 371. doi:10.1007/s11042-009-0354-0

Abstract

The current multimedia landscape is characterized by a significant heterogeneity in terms of coding and delivery formats, usage environments, and user preferences. The main contribution of this paper is a discussion of the design and functioning of a fully integrated platform for multimedia adaptation and delivery, called NinSuna. This platform is able to efficiently deal with the aforementioned heterogeneity in the present-day multimedia ecosystem, thanks to the use of format-agnostic adaptation engines (i.e., engines independent of the underlying coding format) and format-agnostic packaging engines (i.e., engines independent of the underlying delivery format). Moreover, NinSuna also provides a seamless integration between metadata standards and adaptation processes. Both our format-independent adaptation and packaging techniques rely on a model for multimedia bitstreams, describing the structural, semantic, and scalability properties of these multimedia streams. News sequences were used as a test case for our platform, enabling the user to select news fragments matching his/her specific interests and usage environment characteristics.

Keywords

BSDL Format-independent Multimedia adaptation Multimedia delivery Multimedia model Semantic Web XML

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