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JTS 2007, Joint Technical Symposion Toronto
Speech to Text meets archiving, curse or blessing?

July 2007

Christophe Kummer, Gerhard Backfried
The present paper examines general concepts behind automatic speech- and language processing technologies set against the requirements of audio archives. It is argued that current technologies in automatic speech recognition, text-analysis and speaker-technologies may be a good starting point to index speech from digitized archive audio material to create low-level descriptors for basic text mining. Together with semantic
annotations created the traditional way, the additional information may be the key to an extended archival mining approach.

24th Tonmeistertagung - VDT International Conference, Leipzig
Workflow- and Quality Management of Audio-Visual Archives

November 2006

Sebastian Gabler, Peter Kuhnle
Digital Media Objects are becoming the dominating content in media orientated libraries and archives, especially in the Broadcast environment. This paper is presenting an organized method to acquire Digital Audio Objects, both of analogue and digital origin, explaining how they could become an Asset and how to preserve them over an extended life cycle.

Mercur Award 2006 for R20 Audio Watermarking Study

NOA has gathered the Mercur award for the R2O Right to Owner Audio Watermarking study which was deployed upon a research project within the Vienna Creative Industries Call throughout 2004 - 2006.
Significant knowledge increase within the company together with remarkable publications have led to an award amongst 20 austrian industry  players.

AES 2005, Watermarking of Archive Recordings
2005, May 28-31, Barcelona, Spain

Daniel Stocker, Christophe Kummer
Narrow bandwidth audio is known to be one tough subject of watermarking when it comes to data density and transparency at the same time. Audio archives possessing rich selection of vintage material tend to license their assets without considering protection of any kind. In the presented paper we show how R2O watermarking technology succeeds providing an optimal solution in such environments.

IBC 2004, R2O Audio watermarking
September 2004, Amsterdam

Daniel Stocker, Christophe Kummer
In this paper we present a complex and versatile digital audio watermarking method “R2O” that was designed exclusively to meet the high quality requirements of music production and audio archives. R2O is a time-domain key-based watermark built upon linear signal transformations and a special scrambling procedure. We also pronounce the importance of watermark security and show how we integrated key-distribution issues into the watermarking engine.

Mercur 2002 Award for NOA N6000 System

NOA gathered a Mercur award for the N6000 system as the example of an excellent innovation in technology N6000 audio archiving system. The Mercur award  is donated to companies from a jury of 5 independent national representatives from technical university as well as the chamber of commerce. The technical innovation and the commercial aspect of the development are honored, thus testifying austrian products international robustness and visionary thinking. The NOA workflow system was honored to be unique in the world besides the excellent techical quality of the product.