In this paper, we report our experiences with the use of SemanticWeb technology for annotating digital video material.Web technology is used to transform a large, existing video ontology embedded in an annotation tool into a commonly accessible format. The recombination of existing video material is then used as an example application, in which the video metadata enables the retrieval of video footage based on both content descriptions and cinematographic concepts, such as establishing and reaction shots. The paper focuses on the practical issues of porting ontological information to the Semantic Web, the multimedia-specific issues of video annotation, and requirements for Semantic Web query and access patterns. It thereby explicitly aims at providing input to the two new W3C Semantic Web Working Groups (Best Practices and Deployment; Data Access).
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