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Germany’s 30,000 libraries, museums and archives contain an incredible wealth of knowledge in the form of millions of books, images, tapes and films. Researchers involved in CONTENTUS are exploring how these cultural assets can be made available to as many people as possible and preserved for future generations.

One of the major challenges facing the knowledge society is to provide easy access to knowledge and cultural assets through multiple media channels. In particular, the HPI is involved in the design and development of an innovative user interface that supports pin-point access and exploratory search within large collections of texts, images or video and audio recordings.

Please visit the projects' website for further information.





  • Jan Nandzik, Berenike Litz, Nicolas Flores-Herr, Aenne Löhden, Iuliu Konya, Doris Baum, André Bergholz, Dirk Schönfuß, Christian Fey, Johannes Osterhoff, Jörg Waitelonis, Harald Sack, Ralf Köhler, Patrick Ndjiki-Nya:
    CONTENTUS – Technologies for Next Generation Multimedia Libraries, Automatic multimedia processing for semantic search. In Journal for Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Netherlands, 2012, pp. 1-41. (ISSN 1380-7501) [local copy | citation (BibTex)]
  • Nicolas Flores-Herr, Harald Sack, Klaus Bossert:
    Suche in Multimediaarchiven von Kultureinrichtungen. D. Lewandowski (Ed.), Handbuch Internet-Suchmaschinen 2 - Neue Entwicklungen in der Websuche, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH, Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 113-140. (ISBN: 978-3-89838-651-7)
  • Nicolas Flores-Herr, Stefan Eickeler, Jan Nandzik, Stefan Paal, Iuliu Konya, Harald Sack:
    Contentus – Next Generation Multimedia Library. L. Heuser & W. Wahlster (Eds.), acatech diskutiert: Internet der Dienste, Springer : Berlin ; Heidelberg, 2011, pp. 67-88. (ISBN 978-3-642-21507-0)
  • J. Waitelonis, J. P. Osterhoff, H. Sack:
    More than the Sum of its Parts: CONTENTUS - A Semantic Multimodal Search User Interface. In Proc. of the Workshop on Visual Interfaces to the Social and Semantic Web (VISSW), Co-located with ACM Conf. on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), Feb 13, 2011, Palo Alto, US, CEUR Workshop Proceedings Vol. 694, 2011. (ISSN 1613-0073) [local copy (PDF) | citation (BibTex)]