With hundreds of seminars, conferences and colloquia taking place each week across the University of California system, it’s nearly impossible for today’s scholar to keep up. While many scholarly presentations are posted online after the fact, they often end up buried in departmental or conference websites, making it difficult for anyone unaware of the event to discover on their own.
UCTVSeminars, a new scholar-serving web portal from University of California Television (UCTV), offers a simple, cost-effective solution by providing a single destination for scholars to find and share peer-to-peer scholarly presentations in any academic discipline via video and visual media.
Using UCTV’s existing online dissemination infrastructure and experience organizing large video collections for prime search engine optimization, UCTVSeminars offers an easy-to-navigate user interface that allows visitors to browse videos by subject area, event date, speaker name, conference, host organization or UC campus. While presentations must originate from a University of California campus or affiliated institution, they feature researchers from universities around the world and can be freely viewed in Flash format, downloaded as audio and/or video podcasts, and embedded in outside websites. Presentations are also made available on UCTVSeminars’ YouTube channel and on UCTV’s iTunesU channel.
UC researchers are invited to submit their own video presentations to UCTVSeminars through the easy to use online video uploader. Formats can range from a simple narrated PowerPoint presentation to a highly produced video. Programs will appear alongside user-submitted metadata, including descriptions, related links, lecture notes, and other complementary materials.
The UCTVSeminars site already houses a range of content indicative of the academic pursuits found throughout the University of California, including the six-part “Zoobiquity” conference hosted by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and featuring leading UCLA and UC Davis clinicians and scientists in both human and veterinary medicine discussing the same diseases in a wide spectrum of animal species and human beings. Also featured are presentations from the UC Berkeley Department of Demography Brown Bag Seminars, the Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series from the UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group, and an array of seminars and programs from the renowned Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, among others.
For more than a decade, UCTV has gathered and disseminated general interest programming from throughout the University of California to more than 23 million homes nationwide on satellite and cable, and worldwide on its website and YouTube and iTunesU channels. While in-depth and, at times, challenging, UCTV’s content is intended for the general public, with additional content aimed at K-12 teachers and health care professionals. Over the years, UC faculty have expressed interest in making seminar presentations available to fellow scholars online, while also having access to other seminars from throughout the system. Unlike videos created for broadcast, these scholarly presentations require less production effort— minimally just the audio and the PowerPoint of the presentation.
While some departments and conference organizers offer these kinds of presentations online after a seminar or conference has occurred, most are lost to anyone not directly participating. And, with hundreds of events occurring each week, it is virtually impossible to participate in as many as one might like. As a proven aggregator and disseminator of video content, UCTV is applying its expertise to UCTVSeminars by both surfacing and then distributing this valuable content to interested audiences inside and outside the academy.
“The UCTV seminar network is a unique and strategic approach to recording, broadcasting, and/or archiving the hundreds of seminars that take place on UC campuses each week,” said Robert Anderson, Chair, Assembly of the Academic Senate of the University of California and Professor of Economics and Mathematics, University of California Berkeley. “The seminar network enhances UC’s public image as a place of innovation, is consistent with UC’s public service mission, and serves as a valuable scholarly resource.”
UCTVSeminars is an affiliate of University of California Television (UCTV), the non-commercial satellite channel and website of the University of California. UCTV shares educational and enrichment programming from the campuses, national laboratories, and affiliated institutions of the University of California with 23 million homes nationwide on satellite (Dish Network, Ch. 9412) and cable and worldwide via live stream, video archives and podcasting.