Sebastian Gabler


Semantic Requirements for Managing Audiovisual Media

Audio and moving images are set apart from any other content by the adherence to a time line. As with any other media, we may state globally what a story is about. If we want to be more specific, we can state this by chapter or section of a text for anything that is written on paper. To make an equivalent statement about the songs of an Album, or if we want to locate King Marke finding Tristan and Isolde red-handed, which happens from bar 101 in the second act of Wagner's iconic opera, we need to align this i.e. with time elapsed since the start.
When it comes to stating the appearance of a certain character in a specific scene, aligning sub-titles, or clearing the rights of music used in a movie, such information makes the difference of actionable content. For rights clearing it is closely related to multi-million dollar business.
Semantic technologies are becoming increasingly important in the field of audiovisual content. Specific ontologies and vocabularies, such as the W3C Ontology for Media Resources, EBUCore by the European Broadcasting Union, and the BBC Programmes Ontology can help with this.

​This is an impulse presentation for the subsequent panel discussion.


Originally trained as Recording Producer with a degree as "Diplom Tonmeister" from Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Sebastian pursues a career in archive- and information management for over 15 years, after spending 5 years in music production for Radio, TV and Recording industry. Sebastian has held engineering, sales, and project management positions in various companies, including an 11-year stretch in audiovisual archiving.
Sebastian is currently following a Library- and Information studies MSc. programme at the Austrian National Library (Vienna). He has joined Semantic Web Company, Vienna, in 2017 as Sales Engineer for PoolParty