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Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

Georgetown has been testing a new digital media management solution called Sharestream which is delivering out archived video through Blackboard. It was created by a new startup called Sharestream based in DC. Their CEO is visiting Sun on Monday for a briefing on our sharestream@sun.com. (Menlo Park 15 or call me and we can conference you in.) Then, it's off to Moffett Library's Media Research Center to talk to Gary about it.  ). Moffitt has one of the coolest free archives of the 1960's at Berkeley, free speech, anti-war, drop-in/drop-out,  counter-culture, riots and protests of life at that time in America. Go Bears!

Sun Education Solution Partner Profile:

ShareStream provides enterprise digital media asset-management platforms and streaming media services for higher education and healthcare entities.
ShareStream, LLC was founded in 2003 by (i) David Weinstein, who originated the concept for ShareStream while an undergraduate at Harvard University, (ii) Allan Weinstein, founder and chairman of InstantDx, LLC, the company whose pioneering electronic prescribing product OnCallData was the first electronic prescription service to launch true electronic connectivity between physicians/hospitals and all of the major national pharmacy chains, and (iii) Paul Kline, a security and encryption expert and founder of Current Technologies, Inc., the leader in broadband over power line networks.

ShareStream’s technology was developed in conjunction with Georgetown University to unleash the vast pedagogic potential of streamed, downloaded and podcasted multimedia on a platform that also addresses the national need for digital rights management of copyrighted content for higher education.  In pursuit of this goal, ShareStream has developed a comprehensive offering of services that provides best-of-breed solutions for all of the essential steps in digital distribution of multimedia content.  These services include:  streamlined encoding/data transformation services that produce superior picture quality and ensure the longevity of a client’s collection; an enterprise digital media asset-management platform with extensive archiving and content management capability; high-level user-credential verification checking and digital rights management functionality; unparalleled integration capability with universities’ preexisting IT infrastructure via ShareStream’s proprietary middleware; and worldwide content distribution capability through secure streamed media and download and podcasts to PCs, handhelds, and MP3 players.  ShareStream has worked extensively to ensure that these services function seamlessly with one another within the university environment, resulting in a hassle-free workflow, beginning with encoding (digital content creation) and culminating in secure delivery of content to end-users.  Thus, ShareStream’s suite of solutions brings higher education an “all-in-one” turnkey product, extensively tailored to thrive in universities around the world.   

Recognizing that universities’ distribution of digital media was being significantly impeded by concerns surrounding piracy of content and compliance with the legislation surrounding digital distribution of content for educational purposes, namely the Teach Act and Terms of Fair Use, ShareStream has developed a digital media asset-management platform empowered with a digital rights management and security framework designed for the unique needs of higher education. Via its proprietary middleware, ShareStream seamlessly integrates with universities’ data services and learning management systems (such as Blackboard), enabling high-level authentication, authorization, and course-enrollment checking capability.  The platform’s user-credential verification technology allows universities to distribute digital multimedia content both on campus and beyond in a manner in keeping with the terms set forth in the Teach Act.  ShareStream embeds its end-user application within Blackboard’s Learning System, bringing students and faculty the full benefit of ShareStream functionality within a familiar, centralized learning environment.
Features of ShareStream’s pioneering digital media asset-management platform/digital library include:

  • sophisticated cataloguing and access-control capability through proprietary content management tool
  • clean, intuitive, and accessible digital library application
  • flexible reporting tool that allows for easy monitoring of user accesses and flow congestion
  • high-level digital rights management and user-credential verification
  • streaming server-agnostic platform
  • secure streamed media as well as vodcasts and podcasts from password-protected library.

ShareStream’s platform is Java-based, and runs on Solaris 10 for Opteron/AMD and are bundled with Thumper. 

Colleges and universities seeking a turnkey, interoperable solution for managing and distributing video and audio digital media assets in multiple formats (such as streamed media, downloads, and RSS feeds) in a copyright-compliant manner.

Provides turnkey, “all-in-one” solution for universities’ digital media initiatives, providing integrated solutions for all the essential steps in delivering a successful service, i.e.,  encoding (digitalization of content), archiving and cataloguing, content management and DRM, integration with universities’ preexisting IT infrastructure, content delivery, and auditing of user accesses delivery of digital media through multiple forms of distribution, such as streaming, downloads, and RSS feeds

  • enterprise digital media asset-management platform, built to house and organize thousands of assets and deliver them securely in a variety of learning environments
  • authentication, authorization, and course-enrollment checking capability that, with ShareStream’s content management tool, allows for Teach Act and Terms of Fair Use compliance
  • open, streaming server-agnostic platform that functions seamlessly with any streaming server our clients select
    embeded interoperability with Blackboard’s Learning Management Systems, providing ShareStream digital library functionality within a familiar, centralized learning environment
  • batch upload capability that gives content managers the ability to ingest hundreds of digital assets within a single transcaction
  • Dublin Core metadata compliant cataloguing interface

Domestic and International:  David Weinstein at djw@sharestream.com or 301-655-7176


ShareStream LLC
948 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Telephone:  301-208-9733
Fax:             301-208-9731

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  • Reg Crandall Thursday, February 1, 2007
    Protecting digital content in higher education: www.9thxchange.com. The service dramatically reduces content piracy by offering the seller lifetime royalties -- even on exchanges between consumers. Moreover, the service accommodates all technology platforms, file types and creators. I read about The 9thxchange in Crains Detroit recently as well. It’s new and exciting – Reg Crandall
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