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Sustaining the Service

Content Sharing Portal

Now that the Content Sharing Portal has been created it requires three forms of support to keep it viable:

  1. The free CWIS database is supported by the University of Wisconsin, but a system administrator is still needed to add new station partners and troubleshoot problems specific to the University Place Content Sharing Portal.
  2. Partner stations need to ensure that all of their own program low-res proxy links remain valid, or change links in the Content Sharing Portal metadata as necessary. Also, partner stations need to make sure that high-res programs files remain on their ftp servers and that the links do not change.
  3. In order to ensure that the Content Sharing Portal is valuable to existing and future partners, stations need to continuously add new content for sharing. Each partner station needs to assign staff to create low-res proxies for streaming and high-res files for the station ftp server, and enter metadata into the Content Sharing Portal.


WPT plans to continue its University Place broadcast and web series using the following techniques:

  1. Form partnerships
    • WPT tapes regularly scheduled lecture or event series as much as possible. Working closely with a partner and regularly scheduled events makes booking a crew, creating graphics and working with a known venue much easier. Some partners improve venues based on our recommendations to make taping easier, such as adding lights or an audio port out from the venue PA system.
    • Regular partners who value the wider audience which television broadest and web delivery provide may contribute some costs of the videotaping.
  2. Keep production costs down
    • WPT uses a small production package, featuring a portable Anycast switcher and three cameras, dedicated to University Place tapings. Switching the event live virtually eliminates the need for post production editing. In most cases a two-person crew is used, comprising a technical lead person and a student crew member. We are in the process of acquiring a hard drive recorder to eliminate the need to digitize tapes.
    • A single camera with single operator is used when taping very simple events, with no PowerPoints or other visuals. A title screen and lower third graphics are added in post.
    • In-house closed captioning is laborious and expensive. We are exploring the use of the more cost-effective live captioning for University Place programs, though the quality of the captions is diminished. We have added a small mp3 recorder to our University Place production package. This audio recording is given to our in-house captioner so that she may begin transcribing well before she receives a video dub of the program.
  3. Solicit taped programs from university and community partners
    • WPT invites UW campus and community partners to submit lectures and events which they have taped themselves for inclusion in University Place. WPT has content and technical guidelines for partners who wish to contribute programs. (WPT University Place Partner Taping Guidelines - Word doc). A WPT technical expert will also travel to partner locations to demonstrate taping techniques for television broadcasts and can advise partners on equipment purchases. Acquiring already-taped programs incurs some costs for WPT such as captioning, format conversion, and possible addition of graphics.
  4. Explore new grants, especially through the UW
    • The University of Wisconsin offers various internal grants for research and new projects. With the benefits University Place provides to the university in the form of statewide outreach we hope to receive grant funds to help support University Place.