Scientific videos just became even more plentiful and even more accessible through OSTI’s multimedia search tool ScienceCinema. Over a three-month period and with the help of a wonderful summer intern working alongside OSTI staff, we have added 560 new science videos to ScienceCinema from DOE Labs. Now, ScienceCinema contains over 3,200 videos highlighting exciting research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and CERN. Using innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology, ScienceCinema allows users to quickly search videos, and identify the exact point in the video where the search terms were spoken.
In our continuing collaboration with Microsoft Research and its cloud services vendor GreenButton, ScienceCinema has just added a closed captioning option, which allows users to see the videos’ audio in textual format, for all videos added since July 2013. Users simply turn on the closed captioning feature while watching the individual video of interest. For an example, click here, then click on the video image. When the video begins playing, click on the “CC” circle at the bottom of the video screen. (Closed captioning is seamlessly supported with Internet Explorer 10 and Chrome.) For ScienceCinema, this is a breakthrough in accessibility for hearing-impaired patrons.
Scientific videos, animation, interactive visualizations, and other multimedia are expected to become increasingly prominent forms of scientific communication. ScienceCinema will continue to grow rapidly as new R&D-related videos are produced by DOE programs, labs, and facilities.