Search engines are highly important in the Digital Society we live in, as they are gateways to the digital content that is all around us. Search engines and their associated sites have become fully-fledged information portals, rivalling traditional media platforms and players.
Motivated by the proliferation of publicly available multimedia content and the ever growing need to organise and categorise all sorts of such content, the IPTS has been studying how the search engine landscape changes, taking into account technological progress and market evolution as a result of the increased creation, use and availability of digital content. IPTS has developed scenarios for audio-visual search engine use, analysed social and economic implications of audio-visual search engine development, and studied some legal aspects and their policy implications.
A search engine is composed, in essence, of the following technical components:
- Techno-economic Challenges of Audiovisual Search Engines, Ramón Compañó, Regulatory Challenges for Audiovisual Abundance Conference, Amsterdam, 12 April 2008
- Search Engines for Audio-Visual Content: Copyright Law & Its Policy Relevance, B. Rotenberg, R. Compañó, in ‘Telecommunication Markets – Drivers and Impediments’ Ed. By Peter Curwen, Justus Haucap and Brigitte Preissl, Springer-Physica, Heidelberg and New York 2008
- Privacy in the Knowledge Society – the case of search engines, in European Perspectives on the Information Society: Annual Monitoring Synthesis and Emerging Trend Updates; Authors: Michael Rader, Knud Boehle, Oliver Parodi, Bernhard Dachs, Matthias Weber, Michael Friedewald, Clemens Cremer, Ralf Lindner, Susanne Giesecke, Joachim Klerx; Editors: Fabienne Abadie, Ioannis Maghiros, Corina Pascu, 11/2008
- Search Challenges beyond Technology, Ramón Compañó, PetaMedia Industry Workshop at the NEM Summit, St. Malo, 30 September 20009 (video)
- Chorus Findings, Ramón Compañó, CHORUS Final conference, Brussels, 26-27 May 2009, (video)
- Challenges in Audiovisual Search Engines, Ramón Compañó, Audiovisual Search. Regulatory Challenges for Audiovisual Abundance, Amsterdam, 12 April 2008
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