Friday, January 19, 2007

NASA Sleep Educational Videos

This is a very interesting site called the Open Video Project, and if you go to this link and input the word “sleep” into the search function, you can view an array of NASA video files on the subject. Many are suitable for showing when you do your outreach visits to local schools when raising awareness about sleep in your communities. All you would need is a laptop, a projector, and a wireless connection. Ask the school to provide this for your presentations if you do not have access to this equipment.

About the Open Video Project:
Anticipating a future with widespread access to large digital libraries of video, a great deal of research is currently focused on many areas related to digital video. Research in these areas requires that each investigator acquire and digitize video for their studies since the multimedia information retrieval community does not yet have a standard collection of video to be used for research purposes.

The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as tests of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and creation of surrogates that describe video content; the development of face recognition algorithms; or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries. Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is 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.

Be well, Sleep Well,


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