Open Video Digital Library

An open access digital video repository

1999 – 2006

I developed the first web site for the Open Video Project in 1999, when there were few substantial collections of publicly available digital video. Working with Gary Marchionini, my doctoral advisor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, our idea for the project was to offer an open access collection of digital video in a variety of standard formats, along with a set of accompanying metadata, that researchers could use in their investigation of video processing, information retrieval, and digital library problems.

Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems would have access to the same video content, the repository was also intended to be used as a test collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval. In fact, Open Video was used as part of the video corpus for the 2001 and 2002 TRECVID workshops run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Our research group at UNC also used Open Video for a series of research studies on video preview surrogates, and more than a few master's and doctoral students have used Open Video as a significant focus of coursework, independent studies, master theses, and doctoral dissertations. The collection has also been heavily used by K-12 and higher education instructors for locating course-related videos.

The Open Video repository currently contains video and metadata for over 4000 digitized video segments, ranging from a few seconds in duration to almost an hour. Although the project was funded by a National Science Foundation grant in the early 2000's, it has not been funded since then and has been minimally updated in recent years, although we are currently assessing the feasibility of moving it to the framework provided by another one of my projects, the Open Video Digital Library Toolkit.

Related Publications

Marchionini, G., Wildemuth, B. M., & Geisler, G. (2006). “The Open Video Digital Library: A Mobius Strip of Research and Practice.” Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 57(12), 1629-1643.
Wildemuth, B.M., Marchionini, G., Yang, M., Geisler, G., Wilkens, T., Hughes, A., & Gruss, R. (2003). How fast is too fast? Evaluating fast forward surrogates for digital video. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2003), 221-230.(Vannevar Bush Award Winner for Best Paper at JCDL 2003)
Geisler, G., Marchionini, G., Wildemuth, B.M., Yang, M., Hughes, A., Wilkens, T., & Spinks, R. (2002). Video Browsing Interfaces for the Open Video Project. In Proceedings of CHI 2002, Extended Abstracts.
Marchionini, G. & Geisler, G. (2002). “The Open Video Digital Library.” D-Lib Magazine, 8(12).
Geisler, G., Marchionini, G., Nelson, M.L., Spinks, R. & Yang, M. (2001). Interface Concepts for the Open Video Project. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS&T 2003), 58-75.
Geisler, G. & Marchionini, G. (2000). The Open Video Project: A Research-Oriented Digital Video Repository. In Proceedings of Digital Libraries '00: The Fifth ACM Conference on Digital Libraries, 258-259.Association for Computing Machinery.

Related Information

Open Video site Link
Note that the design of the site has not been updated since 2003, and in recent years some less than ideal changes have been made to the home page.
Open Video Digital Library Toolkit site Link
A more recent project with the goal of making web-based digital video collections like Open Video easier to develop by organizations with limited resources.