Impact of the New @sigmm Records

The SIGMM Records have renewed, with the ambition of continue being a useful resource for the multimedia community. The intention is to provide a forum for (open) discussion and to become a primary source of information (and of inspiration!).

The new team (http://records.mlab.no/impressum/) has committed to lead the Records in the coming years, gathering relevant contributions in the following main clusters:

The team has also revitalized the presence of SIGMM on Social Media. SIGMM accounts on Facebook and Twitter have been created for disseminating relevant news, events and contributions for the SIGMM community. Moreover, a new award has been approved: the Best Social Media Reporters from each SIGMM conference will get a free registration to one of the SIGMM conferences within a period of one year. The award criteria are specified at http://records.mlab.no/2017/05/20/awarding-the-best-social-media-reporters/

The following paragraphs detail the impact of all these new activities in terms of increased number of visitors and visits to the Records website (Figure 1), and broaden reach. All the statistics presented below started to be collected since the publication of the June issue (July 29th 2017).

Figure 1. Number of visitors and visits since the publication of the June issue

Figure 1. Number of visitors and visits since the publication of the June issue

Visitors and Visits to the Records website

The daily number of visitors ranges approximately between 100 and 400. It has been noticed that this variation is strongly influenced by the publication of Social Media posts promoting contents published on the website. In the first month (since July 29th, one day after the publication of the issue), more than 13000 visitors were registered, and more than 20000 visitors have been registered until now (see Table 1 for detailed statistics). The number of visits to the different posts and pages of the website accumulates up to more than 100000. The top 5 countries with highest number of visitors are also listed in Table 2. Likewise, the top 3 posts with highest impact, in terms of number of visits and of Social Media shares (via the Social Media icons recently added in the posts and pages of the website) are listed in Table 3. As an example, the daily number of visits to the main page of the June issue is provided in Figure 2, with a total number of 224 visits since its publication.

Finally, the top 3 referring sites (i.e., external websites from which visitors have clicked an URL to access the Records website) are Facebook (>700 references), Google (>300 references) and Twitter (>100 references). So, it seems that Social Media is helping to increase the impact of the Records. More than 30 users have accessed the Records website through the SIGMM website (sigmm.org) as well.

Table 1. Number of visitors and visits to the SIGMM Records website

Period Visitors
Day ~100-400
Week ~2000-3000
Month ~8000-13000
Total (Since July 29th)

20012   (102855 visits)

Table 2. Top 5 countries in terms of number of visitors

Rank Country Visitors
1 China 3339
2 United States 2634
3 India 1368
4 Germany 972
5 Brazil 731

Table 3. Top 3 posts on the Records website with highest impact

Post Date Visits Shares

Interview to Prof. Ramesh Jain

29/08/2017 619 103
Interview to Suranga Nanayakkara 13/09/2017 376 15
Standards Column: JPEG and MPEG 28/7/2017 273 44

Figure 1. Visits to the main page of the June issue since its publication (199 visits)

Figure 2. Visits to the main page of the June issue since its publication (199 visits)

Impact of the Social Media channels

The use of Social Media includes a Facebook page and a Twitter account (@sigmm). The number of followers is still not high (27 followers in Facebook, 88 followers in Twitter), which is natural with recently created channels. However, the impact of the posts on these platforms, in terms of reach, likes and shares is noteworthy. Tables 4 and 5 lists the top 3 Facebook posts and tweets, respectively, with highest impact up to now.

Table 4. Top 3 Facebook posts with highest impact

Post Date Reach (users) Likes Shares
>10K visitors in 3 weeks 21/08/2017 1347 7 4
Interview to Suranga Nanayakkara 13/09/2017 1297 89 3
Interview to Prof. Ramesh Jain 30/08/2017 645 28 4

Table 5. Top 3 tweets with highest impact

Post Date Likes Retweets
Announcing the publication of the June issue 28/07/2017 7 9
Announcing the availability of the official @sigmm account 8/09/2017 8 9
Social Media Reporter Award: Report from ICMR 2017 11/09/2017 5 8

Awarded Social Media Reporters

The Social Media co-chairs, with the approval of the SIGMM Executive Committee, have already started the processes of selecting the Best Social Media Reporters from the latest SIGMM conferences. In particular, the winners have been Miriam Redi  from ICMR 2017 (her post-summary of the conference is available at: http://records.mlab.no/2017/09/02/report-from-icmr-2017/) and Christian Timmerer for MMSYS 2017 (his post-summary of the conference is available at: http://records.mlab.no/2017/10/02/report-from-acm-mmsys-2017/). Congratulations!

The Editorial Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the SIGMM members who use Social Media channels to share relevant news and information from the SIGMM community. We are convinced it is a very important service for the community.

We will keep pushing to improve the Records and extend their impact!

The Editorial Team.

@sigmm Records: serving the community

The SIGMM Records are renewing, with the continued ambition of being a useful resource for the multimedia community. We want to provide a forum for (open) discussion, but also to become the primary source of information for our community.

Firstly, I would like to thank Carsten who was run, single-handed, the whole records for many many years. We all agree that he has done an amazing job, and that his service deserves our gratitude, and possibly some beers, when you meet him at conferences and meetings.

As you are probably aware, a number of changes in the records are underway. We want your opinions and suggestions to make this resource the best it can be. Hence, we need your help to make this a success, so please drop us a line if you want to join the team.

The two main visible changes are:

We have a new amazing team to lead the records in the coming years. I am so glad to have their help: http://records.mlab.no/impressum/

We have reorganized the records and its structure, in three main clusters:

More changes to come. Stay tuned!

Pablo (Editor in Chief) + Carsten and Mario (Information Directors)

Pablo CesarDr. Pablo Cesar leads the Distributed and Interactive Systems group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands. Pablo’s research focuses on modeling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data) that are distributed in time and space. His fundamental interest is in understanding how different customizations of such collections affect the user experience. Pablo is the PI of Public Private Partnership projects with Xinhuanet and ByBorre, and very successful EU-funded projects like 2-IMMERSE, REVERIE and Vconect. He has (co)-authored over 100 articles. He is member of the editorial board of, among others, ACM Transactions on Multimedia (TOMM). Pablo has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference. He acted as an invited expert at the European Commission’s Future Media Internet Architecture Think Tank and participates in standardisation activities at MPEG (point-cloud compression) and ITU (QoE for multi-party tele-meetings). Webpage: http://homepages.cwi.nl/~garcia/

Carsten GriwodzDr. Carsten Griwodz is Chief Research Scientist at the Media Department of theNorwegian research company Simula Research Laboratory AS, Norway, and professor at the University of Oslo. He is also co-founder of ForzaSys AS, a social media startup for sports. He is steering committee member of ACM MMSys and ACM/IEEE NetGames. He is associate editor of the IEEE MMTC R-Letter and was previously editor-in-chief of the ACM SIGMM Records and editor of ACM TOMM.

 

photo_mario_montagudDr. Mario Montagud (@mario_montagud) was born in Montitxelvo (Spain). He received a BsC in Telecommunications Engineering in 2011, an MsC degree in “Telecommunication Technologies, Systems and Networks” in 2012 and a PhD degree in Telecommunications (Cum Laude Distinction) in 2015, all of them at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). During his PhD degree and after completing it, he did 3 research stays (accumulating 18 months) at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He also has experience as a postdoc researcher at UPV. His topics of interest include Computer Networks, Interactive and Immersive Media, Synchronization, and QoE (Quality of Experience). Mario is (co-) author of over 50 scientific and teaching publications, and has contributed to standardization within the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). He is member of the Technical Committee of several international conferences (e.g., ACM MM, MMSYS and TVX), co-organizer of the international MediaSync Workshop series, and member of the Editorial Board of international journals. He is also lead editor of “MediaSync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization” (Springer, 2017) and Communication Embassador of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/mamontor/

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the last issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.

The editors of the Records have taken to a classical reporting approach, and you can read here the first of series of interviews. In this issue, Cynthia Liem is interview by Mathias Lux, and explains about the Phenicx project.

We have received a report from the first international competition on game-based learning applications, and also our regular column reporting from the 106th MPEG meeting that was held in Geneva. Our open source column presents libraries and tools for threading and visualizing a large video collection in this issue, a set of tools that will be useful for many in the community. Beyond that, you also read about two PhD thesis.

Among the announcements are several open positions, and a long list of calls for paper. The long list of calls is achieved by a policy change in SIGMM. After several years that have seen our two public mailing lists, sigmm@pi4.informatik.tu-mannheim.de and mm-interest@acm.org, flooded by calls for papers, the board and online services editors have decided to change the posting policy. Both lists are now closed for public submissions of calls for paper and participation. Instead, calls must be submitted through the SIGMM Records web page, and will be distributed on the mailing list in a weekly digest. We hope that the members of the SIG appreciate this service, and that those of us who have filtered emails for years feel that this is a more appropriate policy.

With those news, we invite you to read on in this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the third issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.

On the verge of ACM Multimedia 2013, we can already present the receivers of SIGMM’s yearly awards, the SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, the SIGMM Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, the TOMCCAP Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award, and the TOMCCAP Best Associate Editor Award.

The TOMCCAP Special Issue on the 20th anniversary of ACM Multimedia is out in October, and you can read both the announcement, and find each of the contributions directly through the TOMCCAP Issue 9(1S) table of contents.

That SIGMM has established a strong foothold in the scientific community can also be seen by the Chinese Computing Federation’s rankings of SIGMM’s venues. Read the article to get even more motivation for submitting your papers to SIGMM’s conferences and journal.

We are also reporting from SLAM, the international workshop on Speech, Language and Audio in Multimedia. Not a SIGMM event, but certainly of interest to many SIGMMers who care about audio technology.

You find also two PhD thesis summaries, and last but most certainly not least, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several job announcements.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.

SIGMM has elected a new board, to guide the SIG through the next couple of years and develop it further. The new board, under the chairmanship of Professor Shih-Fu Chang introduces itself in this issue of the Records.

Among the first acts of the new board was the call for bids for ACM Multimedia 2016, announced also in this issue.

Of course, we have also several other contributions: the OpenSource column introduces  OpenIMAJ, while the MPEG column brings the press release for the 104th MPEG meeting. We can also reveal a change of leadership in FXPal, a research company with many SIGMM members in its ranks and a former SIGMM chair as departing president.

We put also a spotlight on the ongoing season for MediaEval, the multimedia benchmarking initiative, and we include four PhD thesis summaries in this issue.

Of course, we include also a variety of calls for contribution. Please give attention to two particular ones: TOMCCAP has chosen its special issue topic for 2014 and includes a call for papers in this issue of the Records. And also MTAP has issued a special issue call for paper.

Last but most certainly not least, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several job announcements.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the first issue of the SIGMM Records in 2013.

This issue is full of opportunities that SIGMM gives you in 2013. Inside you find the calls for nominations for SIGMM’s three main awards: The SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, awarded for lasting contributions in our field, the SIGMM Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, awarded for the best thesis in our field that was defended in the 12 months of 2012, and the Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award for the best paper that was published in an issue of TOMCCAP in 2012.

One of the major changes in SIG life is upcoming: SIGMM elects new chairs, and we want to remind you to cast your vote. Our current chair, Klara Nahrstedt, gave an interview for the Records on the issue of ACM Fellowships.

Three PhD thesis summaries are included in this issue, and in our regular columns, you can read news from the 103rd MPEG meeting, in the education column you can learn about a practice book on visual information retrieval, and a toolset for DASH is presented in the open source column.

Of course, we include also a variety of calls for contribution. Please give attention to two particular ones: TOMCCAP is calling for special issue proposals, a major opportunity because TOMCCAP publishes only one special issue per year; and details about the ACM Multimedia Grand Challenges of 2013 are described in some detail. A lot of the other included calls refer to tracks and workshops of ACM Multimedia 2013, but also included are calls for some other events, and open positions.

Last but most certainly not least, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several job announcements.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf, Viktor Wendel, Lei Zhang, Pradeep Atrey, Christian Timmerer, Pablo Cesar, Mathias Lux, Carsten Griwodz

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community, welcome to the third issue of the SIGMM Records in 2012.

As you can see, the format of the Records as changed dramatically with this issue, and the migration is going to be completed in the coming months. The new system is meant to make the Records more valuable and interactive for your benefit, and we hope the long wait for the third issue was worth your while. First of all, your submissions will become visible on the front page of the Records as soon as they have been approved by one of the editors, and they will be included in the following issue. The submission of standard content formats has become much easier than before: select your contribution from the pulld0wn menu, add your information and submit it, and see immediately on the submission page that your submission was successful. You can of course also send your contributions and any questions to enews-contributions@sigmm.org.

We are furthermore inviting a new category: Please tell us about your ongoing research projects! What are your goals and achievements? Who are your partners? How are your publications connected?

Of course, this issue has also some content: SIGMM’s 2012 awards have been handed out at ACM Multimedia in October in Nara. In this issue you can read about the SIGMM award for outstanding contributions to multimedia, the best PhD thesis award 2012 and the first ever awarded Nicholas D. Georganas Award for the best TOMCCAP paper.

TOMCCAP announces a major policy chang; you can read about the startup foodQuest, the Open Source project Ambulant, and the latest MPEG meeting.  You can read PhD thesis summaries provided by a two candidates who have recently passed their doctoral exams.

Last but most certainly not least, you find pointers to the latest issues of TOMCCAP and MMSJ, and several job announcements.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of the Records.

The Editors
Stephan Kopf
Viktor Wendel
Lei Zhang
Pradeep Atrey
Christian Timmerer
Pablo Cesar
Carsten Griwodz

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,Welcome to the second issue of the SIGMM Records in 2012.

We provide you with reports from several recent events of importance for the multimedia community. In Geneva, the 100th MPEG meeting was celebrated, which included a reception of three prestigious grants to MPEG. The Video Browser Showndown was held at the Multimedia Modeling conference, and we report from there. And NOSSDAV 2012 was recently held in Toronto, and we present a short report from participants. Read more

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,

Welcome to the first issue of the SIGMM Records in 2012.

We provide you with a report from the ACM Multimedia 2011, including links to the digital library for all papers, of course. As part of the conference, the Grand Challenge was arranged. The report from the 2011 Grand Challenge can be found in this issue, as well as the Grand Challenges that have been posed by industry for the next round. You should read the article and attack the 2012 Grand Challenges in time for ACM Multimedia 2012. Read more

Editorial

Dear Member of the SIGMM Community,

Welcome to the December issue of the SIGMM Records in 2011.

We can announce the first call for nominations for ACM SIGMM’s new award, the Nicolas Georganas TOMCCAP Award, which will be awarded for the best paper that was published in ACM TOMCCAP in 2011. You can also find the call for another award, the ACM History Fellowship award. Read more