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Dynamic Personalization of Multimedia (MyMedia)
Start date: 01 Jan 2008, End date: 31 Dec 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

MyMedia addresses the key social problem of what has been called the "Crisis of Choice", the problem of information overload. We want to increase the level of relevant content over the "noise". The problem worsens year-by-year as more and more content, including self-created content, becomes available online as well as through traditional broadcast means (delivered through satellite, over-the-air, IPTV, and cable). This is not a new problem yet it still has not been solved in a way that satisfies end-users. We will address this problem by creating an open source software framework to dynamically personalize the delivery and consumption of multimedia. MyMedia will tame growing volume of content streams by combining them and allow users to sip from a single manageable stream of the most personally relevant content.The project will pioneer the integration of multiple, content catalogues and recommender algorithms in a single system. The project delivers an open source software framework which allows researchers and potential commercial exploiters outside of the consortium to easily plug-in and experiment with new recommender algorithms and content sources. This simplifies take-up outside the consortium and creates an even wider impact. The project will evaluate resulting theoretical user models through a set of lab analysis and field trials. The framework will also be evaluated on multiple trial platforms and will be language agnostic. To understand cultural differences field trials will be conducted in multiple countries and languages. MyMedia will innovate by enabling the creation of media-centric social networks that leverage user generated metadata such as tags and explore other possibilities focused on improving the end user experience such as automatically generated content metadata enrichment. It will pave the way to sharing preferences and recommendation results, in a privacy respecting manner, within communities.
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