ETH Zurich Selects Entwine for Lecture Capture Systems Migration and Development of Custom Solutions to Support Swiss Learning Project

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Entwine will migrate ETH Zurich’s lecture capture systems for sustainable development and continued innovation of open learning technologies.

May 2, 2011 – (PRWEB) June 13, 2011 -- ETH Zurich and Entwine, a provider of custom lecture capture solutions for higher education, announced that Entwine will migrate ETH Zurich’s lecture capture system to Opencast Matterhorn and integrate metadata harvesting tools to support the sharing of educational content nationwide.

In an effort to ensure the long-term development and innovation of the University’s educational technologies, ETH Zurich has contracted Entwine for the migration of its current video management system and multimedia content to Opencast Matterhorn. This includes the migration of over 2500 video objects, and the implementation of workflows that connect various multimedia and third party systems such as local CMS, LMS, syllabus, plus authentication and authorization systems.

“Migrating towards Opencast Matterhorn will ensure the long-term development of technologies, and, it will also present a huge challenge. We trust Entwine to be the ideal partner to guide us through this process.” – Olaf A. Schulte, Head of Production & Distribution, ETH Zurich.

Migrating to Opencast Matterhorn helps ETH Zurich provide a dynamic learning content repository that can be integrated with existing campus IT systems.

Entwine has also been tasked with the integration and development of the Open Archives Initiative’s Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) for Opencast Matterhorn, which will open up Matterhorn content to metadata harvesting and enable ETH Zurich to make its educational content easily accessible to universities nationwide and repositories globally supporting OAI-PMH.

“I love to facilitate academic institutions’ out-of-the-box sharing of educational content, it makes their most valuable asset–teaching–even more valuable while, at the same time, improving the student's learning experience by providing a more diverse selection of learning materials” Tobias Wuden, Entwine’s chief technology architect, remarks.

Both ETH Zurich and Entwine are confident that the development of this cornerstone feature–which endorses the spirit of open knowledge and sharing in academia–will give unprecedented access of locally and globally available information to students, deeply enriching their learning experience. Entwine’s OAI-PMH integration for ETH Zurich will not only allow ETH to contribute to the Swiss learning project “Swiss Educast,” it will also add new functionality to Opencast Matterhorn, a move that will significantly benefit the community at large.

Olaf A. Schulte also notes, “we are confident the cooperation with Entwine will see us trough these endeavors and will also succeed in contributing to the further development of Opencast Matterhorn. The inclusion of OAI-PMH will be a first example of this synthesis.”

About ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, offers researchers and students an inspiring environment and comprehensive education as one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It’s diverse and dedicated faculty of 400 professors teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences.

About Entwine
Entwine is the first company to offer custom development, consulting services and support for Opencast Matterhorn–an integrated lecture capture platform that lets organizations benefit from the changing nature of engagement through multi-media content. Leveraging the Opencast Matterhorn platform, Entwine offers a set of media capture applications to create, capture and share rich media to help organizations connect with their audiences and enrich learning experiences. Entwine provides services, training and support to clients worldwide. Based in Zurich and San Francisco, Entwine can be found at: http://www.entwinemedia.com

For questions, contact:
Andrew Wasklewicz
andy(at)entwinemedia(dot)com
408-242-5630

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