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Selected OV videos available on Google Video


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OV NASA videos available on Public TV


OV NASA videos available on Public TV gives you fast and free access to high quality government, public sector, professional training, and business videos.

Educational Survey Now Closed


We are currently in the process of analyzing the responses from the survey and will follow the survey up with a round of interviews in the beginning of 2007. Thank you if you participated in our study.

Educators, take our survey!


We are currently conducting a series of studies aimed at improving access to NASA CDL educational videos on and

ACM Video Finding Aid Available


We've made available a finding aid to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conference proceedings videos. These videos come from various ACM conference proceedings, including CHI, SIGGRAPH, INTERACT, GI, CSCW, and UIST. The finding aid is available as in HTML or in XML.

NASA Video Finding Aid Available


We've made available a finding aid to the NASA K-16 Science Education Programs Videos. These videos contain segments from five programs available through NASA's Center for Distance Learning. The finding aid is available as in HTML or in XML.

Teachers using video?


If you are a teacher using video material in your classes, we'd like to hear from you. Please send a brief note about how you are using Open Video materials (or how you would like to use Open Video materials) in your classes to Dr. Gary Marchionini at

CHI videos added


We've added 87 videos from the Assocation for Computing Machinery (ACM) annual Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference. These videos were digitized from the CHI conference VHS video proceedings for the years 1996 through 2002, with the exception of the video proceedings for the year 2000. We expect to add videos for the year 2000 and 2003 video proceedings soon.

Redesigned Project Web Site


The Open Video Project Web site has a new look. We've redesigned the Web site and added a variety of new features that we hope will help you more easily find and preview video. These new features include sidebars and feature pages that highlight new and popular video, several ways to view search results, and more searching options. We've also expanded the range of preview surrogates for many videos to include not only storyboards, but 7-second preview clips and high-speed fastforward clips.

Note that this new site is designed for recently-released Web browsers and may not work well with older browsers. Please let us know if you run into any problems with a newer browser.

Understanding Video Symposium


We recently hosted a two-day symposium on the topic of Understanding Video at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The symposium consisted of invited talks by four researchers interested in digital multimedia (Michael Christel of CMU, Abby Goodrum of Syracuse, Brian O'Connor of the University of North Texas, and James Turner of the University of Montreal) and lively discussions on a range of video-related topics.

Edison films added


We've added 184 MPEG-1 videos from the Edison film catalog made available by the Library of Congress. These are short films on a variety of subjects made by Thomas Edison from 1894 to 1918. Storyboard previews are available for all of these films.

More previews


There are now storyboard previews for nearly all (more than 1000) MPEG-1 video segments.

Previews added


We're in the process of adding storyboard previews for all video in the collection. There are now previews for more than 500 video segments.

Video segments lost and recovered


Due to a server reconfiguration process gone awry, approximately 170 video segments were deleted from our Internet 2 servers in the first week of February. Thanks to the original contributors of this video, nearly all of the lost files have now been replaced.

Metadata for 1129 video segments contributed by the Internet Archive


The Internet Archive has contributed metadata for 1129 video segments that are part of the Internet Archive's Moving Images Archive. These segments are digitized "ephermal films" available in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats.

New batch of video contributed by CMU's Informedia Project


Carnegie Mellon University's Informedia Project has contributed 145 new video segments. These segments are from 12 video titles produced by the United States Geological Survey.

Transcript text available for selected segments


Transcript text is available for the United States Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation segments. You can see the transcript text for these segments from the Segment Transcript tab on the Segment Details page.

Project Web site redesigned


The Open Video Project now has a dedicated server. As part of the move to the new server, we've redesigned the project Web site and now run things using PHP and MySQL.

New video contributed by University of Maryland's HCIL


The Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland has contributed 24 new video segments. These segments are video presentations from the HCIL's annual Open House, reporting on the lab's on-going projects. One group of segments shows last year's presentations, while another group is a retrospective of presentations from the 1991 to 1999 Open House conferences.

New video contributed by CMU's Informedia Project


Carnegie Mellon University's Informedia Project has contributed 149 new video segments. These segments are from the same video titles previously contributed by CMU, but are broken up into smaller segments. We've kept both the larger segments and the newer smaller segments in the repository.

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The Open Video Project is managed at the Interaction Design Laboratory,
at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill