Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS)
Project Manager: Nancy Jacobsen Stout
Lead Scientist: Kristine Walz
Lead Engineer: Dan Wilkin
Positive software developments of the past year show promise for the
completion and release of the VARS system for regular operations in 2003.
VARS work will be performed according to the priorities in the Task
Prioritization Matrix. The released Query application will be joined by
basic (Phase 2) knowledge base and annotation interfaces suitable for use
in the video lab. The video lab will extensively test and use this
software in the remainder of 2003, identifying the most significant issues
to be corrected before release to the ships. Shipboard VARS use will be
planned as a 2004 roll-out, based on the results with the basic software
The Query application will be made available for public use and
comments, using non-embargoed annotations and low-resolution frame grabs.
Requests for high-resolution images and video will continue to be handled
by ITD through existing processes.