The U.S. Department of Energy today debuted a new portal called "ScienceCinema" that uses speech analysis and indexing technology from Microsoft Research to let people search the contents of scientific videos and presentations produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research sites.
When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.
DOE describes the concept, in part, as "a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of speech recognition in the complex vocabulary of science." The archive is starting with 1,000 hours of content, with more videos to be added over time as they become available.
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