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2nd International Workshop on Standards and Technologies
 in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)
25th - 26th November 2011
EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
On request of EPFL and due to conflicts of dates, the 2nd STAR workshop has been postponed to 18-19 January 2013 (click here for more information).

The Multimedia Signal Processing Group of EPFL and Ecma International are happy to announce the “2nd International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)" to be held 25th - 26th November 2011, at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The basic questions of the 1st very successful workshop held in April 2010 at EPFL in Lausanne are still valid and can serve as reminder to the timeliness and relevance of the issues addressed in that workshop:

“The ability to effectively manage and protect digital multimedia content in creation, collection, preservation, and dissemination is increasingly crucial as digital technology continues to produce vast amounts of valuable and irreplaceable knowledge and information. The amount of such digital multimedia information is already huge, but as we speak it is still growing at unbelievable speed and to gigantic amount of such information. The big questions are:  Can data generated yesterday be searchable and displayable by hardware and software today and in future? Will digital content created today be accessible and presentable throughout its lifecycle (i.e. also tomorrow)? How to deal with the large number and quite different incompatible multimedia archives? How to ensure some level of interoperability among them? What are the requirements for multimedia long term archival in general? What do we cover today in standards and what and where are the gaps?”

Tis time the STAR 2011 Workshop takes place just after the JPEG standards meeting at EPFL in Lausanne and before MPEG standards meeting in Geneva. Therefore STAR 2011 is aiming to utilize on the presence of those two important standards group who each of them have archival related standards projects. At the same time the Workshop will continue focus on technological, scientific, and standardization challenges around physical and logical archival and preservation of multimedia content. This includes presentations of archival and preservation projects and use cases, user requirements, latest state of the art as well as emerging technologies for archival and preservation, stock taking of current and future standards used and useful in archival and preservation, investigations in standardization gaps, and identification of needed future standardizations. This time we plan to present some concrete Swiss archival projects, some current EU funded research projects and some presentations directly from the Industry.

Planned Key Topics

The workshop will address with invited talks and panel discussions the following key topics:

  • Digital archival projects – applications and experiences
  • Standardization in digital archival and preservation
  • Hardware solutions for multimedia archives
  • EC funded projects  on digital preservation


Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Institute of Electrical Engineering IEL
Multimedia Signal Processing Group  MMSPG
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Ecma International
Rue du Rhône 114
CH-1204 Geneva, Switzerland

For more information: please contact Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:


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