Multimedia Discourse Interaction
Official course page

The course is led by Lynda Hardman, and runs from 13th November 2019 until 31st January 2020.

NOTE: This web page is dynamic and will change throughout the course.

Table of contents


Wednesday 13th November 14:15-17:00

Who is the teacher? What is the course about?
What is your background? What do you want to do in the course? How does this course fit with your other courses?
When do we meet?
What do we need to keep track of? How will we keep track of it?
Who is in which group?
How can we communicate most efficiently? How do you get the most out of my time?
Do we want to use Slack for group communication.
Talk From Linked Data to Stories presented by Lynda

Homework for Wednesday 20th November.
Presentations and discussions on 5 papers
Provide 1 good point and 1 point for improvement on the research question, the evaluation method and the analysis for each of the 5 papers to be read.
Your answers are to help you think about how you will construct your own research question, decide on the evaluation method and the analysis in the next few weeks. You will need these for writing your final report for the course.

Friday 15th November 13:15-15:00

Canonical processes of semantically annotated media production Lynda Hardman, Željko Obrenović, Frank Nack, Brigitte Kerhervé, Kurt Piersol. Multimedia Systems. December 2008. 14(6) pp 327–340 Web site

Talks (to be) presented by Lynda
Ana Carina Palumbo User information needs for environmental opinion-forming and decision-making in linked-enriched video
Helen Boots-Blankers Identifying Aspects of Informative Videos that Indicate Objectivity: Is Seeing Believing? Slide 15, video fragment 1 , video fragment 2. MSc thesis Is Seeing Believing? Identifying Aspects of Informative Videos that Indicate Objectivity.

Wednesday 20th November 14:15-17:00

Decide in class on communal papers to read for Wednesday 27th November.
Before Friday November 29th come up with suggestions for 5 papers to read for Wednesday 4th December (and beyond). Put them in order of preference since you need only read 2 or 3 before 4th December.

Friday 22nd November 13:15-15:00

Wednesday 27th November 14:15-17:00

Presentations and discussions on 5 papers. Discuss what should be in initial project proposals

Friday 29th November 13:15-15:00

Work on initial project proposals. Feedback to be supplied by Lynda asap.

Wednesday 4th December 14:15-17:00

Second draft of individual project proposals submitted.
Presentations of initial project proposals (5 minutes presentation and 3 minutes discussion per group).
Use of time to be planned. Schedule presentations of papers and how they relate to project.

Friday 6th December 13:15-15:00

To be planned

Wednesday 11th December 15:15-17:00

First draft of structured set of writing tips. [Link to be proposed by group]
To be planned

Friday 13th December 13:15-16:00

To be planned

Wednesday 18th December 14:15-17:00

To be planned

Friday 20th December 13:15-15:00


Wednesday 8th January 14:15-17:00

Group project pilot studies.

Friday 10th January 13:15-15:00

Group project pilot studies.

Wednesday 15th January 14:15-17:00

To be planned

Friday 17th January 13:15-15:00

To be planned

Wednesday 22nd January 14:15-17:00

To be planned

Friday 24th January 13:15-15:00

Lynda away.
Draft reports submitted for feedback (by 25th January at the latest). This is optional - but recommended!

Wednesday 29th January 14:15-17:00

Final presentations 15 minutes per group - 1 minute for set-up, 12 minutes for the talk, 2 minutes for questions.

Friday 31st January

No room booked. Final report to be handed in.

Seed publications for the seminar

Papers to read for week 2 of course

Papers to read for week 3 of course

Papers not yet read

Interesting things to present

New HTML5 video technologies for the future of TV by Silvia Pfeiffer.
Papers on finding and filtering links by Michiel Hildebrand: Thesaurus-based search in large heterogeneous collections, Searching in semantically rich linked data: a case study in cultural heritage Wordnet allows you to traverse the class hierarchy using hyponyms and hypernyms (after finding the definition of a word, click on the underlined S). More information on the linking and filtering:


Everything in Google doc, including links to contributions

Useful Web Sites

These show interesting interfaces:

These are more oriented to search.

Vox Populi, a system for generating video sequences based on argument structures that uses explicit representation of argumentation structure.

Semantic Web Resources

How Will We Interact with the Web of Data? by Tom Heath.
Semantic Web Challenge, in particular the 2008 winner paggr.

Wordnet is an existing English language thesaurus from Princeton that has been converted to RDF.
Dublin Core (DC), VRA Core are vocabularies for describing resources. VRA Core is specialised for works of visual culture as well as the images that document them.
SKOS, Simple Knowledge Organisation System, is a family of formal languages, built on RDF and RDFS, designed for the representation of structured controlled vocabularies, such as thesauri or classification schemes.
FOAF (Friend of a Friend) a means of creating links among people on the Web, also the FOAF project, in particular the explorer.

Random Useful Links

These are some links that may not be useful now for the course, but are useful resources about relevant topics.

Web Design

Semantic Web

Facet Browsing

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