Knowledge 4 All Foundation platform: VideoLectures.Net Case Study

Knowledge 4 All Foundation platform: VideoLectures.Net

United Nations awarded platform with portfolio of 1081 events, 15210 authors, 20777 lectures, 23957 videos

Pilot number: 1
Partner: JSI
Pilot name : VideoLecures.Net
Initial asset: VideoLectures repository – with 1015 events, 14211 authors, 19109 lectures, 22218 videos and translectures project results of 19069 transcriptions and 39644 translations.
The need for X5gon solution:
VideoLectures.Net intends to maintain its position as one of the leading open scientific media and video services in the world by offering high quality multilingual service. One of the projects where VideoLectures.Net is acting as a pilot case and has relevance to VideoLectures.Net strategy and X5gon project proposal is traMOOC (ICT-17-2014 Cracking the language barrier – Natural language processing, Machine translation). The traMOOC project is dealing with developing high-quality translation of all types of text genre included in MOOCs (e.g. assignments, tests, presentations, lecture subtitles, blog text) from English into eleven European and BRIC languages (DE, IT, PT, EL, DU, CS, BG, CR, PL, RU, ZH). Results from the transLectures project, video transcriptions and translations handling English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan and Slovene languages and has proved to be adding significant value to OER videos providing transcriptions and translations as subtitles. We expect X5gon solutions in one part to continue the R&D work of the traMOOC project including other BRIC and European languages as well but also adapt new solutions for near real time multy-linguallity of OER content and MOOCs. Being part of X5gon project we expect to address the language, personalisation and content convergence barriers of the diverse communities developing around VideoLectures.NET. While these communities now stay language distinct causing barriers and leaks in knowledge transfer we expect to have a seemingly language independent solutions offering for every user where knowledge transfer should not be affected due to language diversity.
Market potentials and target markets:
VideoLectures.Net is currently serving more than 10,000 unique visitors per day, from all over the world. VideoLectures.Net will expand to EU countries through the OpeningUpSlovenia initiative and to developing countries through the support of UNESCO, UNESCO OER Chairs and K4A. By offering unique multilingual services the current visits reach can be significantly raised. The site is actively trying to leverage access for disabled users and adopting technologies that would make its media content scalable and sustainable for such new audiences.
Competitors and Ongoing RTD projects:
In respect to OER there are many competitors like,,,,,,,,,,,,, and many others. They are mostly monolingual offering in more than 95% only English lectures.
X5gon Pros/cons against existing products:
Most of the OER services available do not offer multilingual, personalisation or analytics support. Combining cross lingual, multilingual and personalised services over materials with the deep semantic analytics that is being offered at VideoLectures.Net the competitive advantage towards other services is significant.
Expected business/value added benefits:
The goal of VideoLectures.Net is to be one of the most sought after OER services in Europe and in the world offering diverse and high quality peer-reviewed content. Through the OpeningupSlovenia initiative, UNESCO OER involvement and links to main academic OER communities like Open Education consortium, Opencast and K4A, VideoLectures.Net intends to offer multilingual scientific and training content to countries around the world. In particular, VideoLectures.Net intends to capitalise its role as the central channel for Opening Up Slovenia as open, free content and language resource.