Kurt Fendt

MetaMedia - An Open Platform for Media Annotation and Sharing

lecture given at the workshop "online-archives: perspectives on networked knowledge spaces"

Kurt Fendt

Kurt Fendt


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MetaMedia provides students and faculty with a flexible online environment to create, annotate, and share media-rich documents for the teaching and learning of core humanistic subjects. Faculty can build subject-specific mini-archives to extend the use of multimedia materials in the classroom and thus further pedagogical innovation. Relying on open standards, the MetaMedia framework allows the formation of learner communities across disciplines and distances and ensures interoperability with a wide range of current and future media resources.

MetaMedia is based on the following core principles:

Open Standards: The MetaMedia framework stores metadata in standard markup formats such as Dublin Core, Text Encoding Initiative & MPEG-7.
Separation of Content and Presentation: Storing markup in standard formats allows MetaMedia to separate media content and its presentation cleanly and simply.
Project Lifetimes: Separating content and presentation extends each project’s lifetime, as markup can be output in XML and migrated to new software when necessary.
User Collaboration: Integrated permissions management allows users to add to and share materials in the repository, encouraging
constructivist models of learning and research.
Exchanging Content: Supporting open markup standards allows related groups in Humanities Computing to exchange media and annotations, thus fostering academic collaboration within and across institutions.
Room to Grow: Storing content in rich markup formats form the start allows projects to grow into more sophisticated functionality without starting from scratch.
Multimedia Markup: Multimedia markup standards allow users to annotate images, audio, and video, making MetaMedia a cross-media repository platform.

MetaMedia is a part of a larger MIT initiative to enhance and transform the educational experience for MIT students through emerging information technologies. Initiatives such as ‚Open Course‘ Ware, that puts thousands of MIT courses on-line, the Open Knowledge Initiative that develops the Open Source foundation of learning management systems, or the DSpace digital library project that will make all MIT library holdings available in digital form are major steps in this direction.

Artists / Authors



Fraunhofer Institut for Media Communication MARS-Exploratory Media Lab




Schloss Birlinghoven, Sankt Augustin, Germany


» http://netzspannung.…hops/online-archives/


, Apr 23, 2003