Thursday, February 10, 2011

Searchable Scientific Videos from the U.S. Department of Energy

According to a February 8, 2011 press release,  the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) has released ScienceCinema, a multimedia tool to access scientific videos that highlight the most exciting research and development sponsored by DOE. The press release describes the new tool as follows:
ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.