Extraction of Information of Audio-Visual Contents

  • Carlos Aguilar
  • Lydia Sánchez
  • Manuel Campos
Keywords: Information, Channel Theory, Audio-visual content, Situation Theory, Information representation


In this article we show how it is possible to use Channel Theory (Barwise and Seligman, 1997) for modeling the process of information extraction realized by audiences of audio-visual contents. To do this, we rely on the concepts pro- posed by Channel Theory and, especially, its treatment of representational systems. We then show how the information that an agent is capable of extracting from the content depends on the number of channels he is able to establish between the content and the set of classifications he is able to discriminate. The agent can endeavor the extraction of information through these channels from the totality of content; however, we discuss the advantages of extracting from its constituents in order to obtain a greater number of informational items that represent it. After showing how the extraction process is endeavored for each channel, we propose a method of representation of all the informative values an agent can obtain from a content using a matrix constituted by the channels the agent is able to establish on the content (source classifications), and the ones he can understand as individual (destination classifications). We finally show how this representation allows reflecting the evolution of the informative items through the evolution of audio-visual content.

Author Biographies

Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar is currently a Ph.D Student for the DEVP department of the School of Education at the Universitat de Barcelona. Currently teaching in the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya).
Lydia Sánchez
Lydia Sánchez is Ph.D. in Philosophy by Stanford University. She is currently teaching Communication in the DEVP department of the School of Education at the Universitat de Barcelona. She has taken part in the doctoral programs Comunicació, Art, Edu- cació and Formació del professorat: pràctica educativa i comunicació. She also teaches in the Humanities, Psychology and Documentation departments of the UOC. Her research focuses in the theory and philosophy of communication. She is author of different articles and contributions to books, and co-edited “Industrias de la comunicación audiovisual” (2008).
Manuel Campos
Manuel Campos is Ph.D. in Philosophy by Stanford University. Currently teaching at the Logic Department of Universitat de Barcelona. Inter- ested in Philosophy of Language and Communication, and Philosophy of Science.
Special Issue: Towards a New Science of Information