Easy Captioning for UNESCO’s World Heritage Videos on YouTube

Accessibility 4 All by Claude Almansi

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[Editor’s note: The following message was sent by Claude Almansi to UNESCO workers on 12 June 2010 with the heading “Easy captioning for UNESCO’s World Heritage Videos on YouTube – Demo sample – copyright question.” See the following related articles by Almansi: UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Copyright Committee – 14th Session and UNESCO, World Anti-Piracy Observatory and YouTube. -JS]

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Dear Workers of the “Section de la communication, de l’éducation et du partenariat (CLT/WHC/CEP)” of UNESCO’s World Heritage Center:

First, congratulations on the remarkable World Heritage video series posted by UNESCO on YouTube, with links to the relevant pages of http://whc.unesco.org. This is a great education tool.

However, I was wondering if you could not caption these videos: for most of them, you already have and offer a plain text transcript on http://whc.unesco.org. So on YouTube, for the videos in English,  it would be enough to add that transcript to the video as a .txt file, and then the YouTube software would automatically time-code this transcript to produce the captions – and an interactive transcript viewing below the video. Continue reading

Three Online Libraries: Hawai`i, Taiwan, China

vincent-k-pollard_80By Vincent K. Pollard

I have been teaching politics, Asian studies, and research design on three campuses of the University of Hawai’i System since the 1990s. My first book is Globalization, Democratization and Asian Leadership (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2004). In revised form, two chapters of that book have been reprinted as journal articles. And one is being translated into Chinese for publication by East China Normal University’s Center for Cold War International History Studies.

My teaching and research have also generated three annotation-intensive online libraries, each of which is part of a larger Internet library. In chronological order, these ongoing online projects and their respective superordinate online libraries are as follows:

“Taiwan Cross-Strait Directory”
Asia Pacific Digital Library
2001- present

“Chinese Cultures Abroad WWW Virtual Library”
China WWW Virtual Library & Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
2003 – present

“Hawai’i Politics WWW Virtual Library”
Polynesia WWW Virtual Library & Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library
2005 – present

The number of hits that the “Chinese Cultures WWW Virtual Library” and the “Hawai’i Politics WWW Virtual Library” get is substantial since of those two each is part of a larger unit in the WWW Virtual Library.


Email comment by Claude Almansi on 31 March 2009:

claude80Your online libraries are really awesome, Vincent – both in their rich
content and in the userfriendliness of their organization.

I had suggested something far more primitive and in “perpetual beta”
to collect resources mentioned by people in the Innovate-Ideagora
network to Denise Easton, off the
discussion: a social bookmarking group at Diigo: like
<http://groups.diigo.com/groups/images4education> whose feed is
integrated on the right – under  the “about” rubric – of
<http://images4education.ning.com/> .  Denise was interested but she
thought asking people to sign up for one more social tool would be a
bit too much.

She has a point there, of course. Yet the “images4education” Diigo
group grew without any formal announcement: members of the Ning
network saw the feed on the right, thought it was a good idea, and
joined to add their bookmarks to it.

Do you think we could consider something similarly informal for ETC?
Then if it doesn’t work, we could just scrap the diigo group.