Advene as a Tailorable Hypervideo Authoring Tool: a Case Study

Olivier Aubert (Univ. Lyon1) - Yannick PriƩ (Univ. Lyon1) - Daniel Schmitt (Univ. Strasbourg)

Advene as a Tailorable Hypervideo Authoring Tool: a Case Study

Use case: museography

Objective: study visitor's perception of museum exhibits through analysis of visitor video interviews



  • Audiovisual active reading
  • Advene tailorability
  • In practice: museography use case

Audiovisual active reading

Iterative and exploratory activity advene-processes.svg



Annotate Digital Videos, Exchange on the NEt

Flexibility at different levels

  • Visualizations and structure must accompany the evolution of the reflexion
    • Customizable data structure
    • Customizable visualizations/interfaces

Data structure

  • Generic and flexible: annotations + relations
  • Explicit structure
    • schemas, annotation types, relation types
    • Structure and presentation definitions are also data
  • XML and JSON serializations
  • User-defined on-the-fly

Generating visualizations

  • XML-based template language + embedded web server
    • Zope Page Templates
    • Media links control the Advene video player
  • Web publication principle: specialized web crawler
    • makes a copy of generated files
    • injects javascript code to embed a video player and interaction code
    • converts video links to MediaFragment URLs

Documentary status

  • Multiple forms for the (exchangeable) data:
    • Structured (.azp package)
    • Dynamically generated HTML
    • Static HTML
  • Different document forms for different collaboration modalities
    • Advene package (sharing annotations + potentially dynamic HTML document)
    • Generated HTML (sharing analyses)

Technical setup


Analysis process

  • Transcribe interview (note-taking view)
  • Identify hexadic signs (from course-of-action methodology)
  • Use relations to express courses of experience
  • Generate visualizations
  • Write analyses


  • Advene interface


  • User feedback
    • A good companion for active reading
    • Its flexibility accomodates the exploratory nature of scholar work
    • Different visualizations foster new ideas/analyzes
  • About the process
    • Technical expertise is still needed
    • The collaboration enriched Advene (improved web export, etc)

Course-of-action methodology

  • 6 hexadic signs
    • Involvement in the situation, Potential actuality, Referential, Representamen, Unit of course of experience and Interpretant
  • Building blocks for "courses of experience"

Setting things up

  • No predefined structure
    • How to best express the methodology?
    • Multiple tries lead to:
      • one annotation type per hexadic sign
      • relations express common courses of experience
  • Beyond basic visualizations (timeline, transcription)
    • Define hypervideo templates
      • Transcription + hexadic signs in parallel