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Copenhagen B-School Deploys Open Source Video Software

Copenhagen Business School has implemented an open source video application to manage its visual media, including an institutional type of "YouTube," named Cast@CBS, where faculty and staff can upload public videos.

For the effort, the Denmark-based institution, which has about 18,000 students, including 1,500 exchange students, has adopted products from Kaltura. Among them are Kaltura Management Console for video management and publishing to campus Web sites and Kaltura MediaSpace, a video portal. Shortly, the school will also deploy Kaltura's video extension for Moodle, its learning management system (LMS).

"Our wide array of online-video use cases, both inside and outside of the classrooms, are best addressed by Kaltura's flexible platform and broad solution suite," said Tonny Hjelmberg Laursen, a member of the school's project management office. "Kaltura allows us to quickly and cost-effectively integrate rich-media into our [content management system] systems, create our own custom metadata fields, manage our content, and easily publish it on any site."

The key components of Kaltura's video applications are open source; however, the company sells video hosting and custom development services. It also makes available a number of education-specific add-ons, such as the LMS extensions that allow an institution to integrate video into Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Desire2Learn, and SharePoint. Those connectors enable users to record videos, submit video assignments, and create personal video collections within their chosen LMS. Additional Kaltura education tools offered by its community members include video-PowerPoint synchronization players, transcription and subtitling tools, and software to make videos more accessible.

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