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D-Lib Magazine March

The March 2001 issue of D-Lib Magazine is available online, with articles that include:

URL: D-Lib http://www.dlib.org/
URL: table of contents http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march01/03contents.html

ITU and IP telephony

ITU World Policy Forum closed with the adoption by government and industry of four "Opinions" that reflect the common understanding on Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony. The Opinions highlight the shared views that:

Additional information on the Forum can be found on the WTPF website. 23/03/01

URL: WTPF website http://www.itu.int/wtpf/
URL: presentations and statements http://www.itu.int/newsroom/wtpf/Statements.html
URL: executive summaries of case studies http://www.itu.int/newsroom/wtpf/CaseStudies.html
URL: summaries of the four Opinions http://www.itu.int/newsroom/wtpf/Opinions.html

Intelligent tourist information

CRUMPET is an EU sponsored project developing a framework to provide users with tourism-related content, that supports "intelligent, anytime, anywhere communication". The project is developing an open-source standards-based middleware intelligent agent framework, that is being extended to support nomadic applications, devices, and networks.

Currently the system runs on a number of alternative 'lower' middleware layers, including CORBA, Java, and TCP/IP. 23/03/01

URL: http://www.ist-crumpet.org/

Web usability resources

The IBM developerWorks Newsletter (March 15, 2001) includes a special topic section which focuses on "Usability, Web Architecture, and Web Services". The section includes:

URL: usability http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/usability/
URL: web traffic measurement http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/wa-mwt1/?n-w-3151

Javascript web resources

The latest addition to the O'Reilly Network, JavaScript and CSS DevCenter, provides developers with JavaScript and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) resources. 23/03/01

URL: O'Reilly Network http://www.oreillynet.com/

.NET in InternetWorld

The March 15, 2001 issue of InternetWorld focuses on .NET, providing coverage from both an "insiders and outsiders" perspective. The articles are available online. 23/03/01

URL: http://www.internetworld.com/dotnet/03.15.01dotnettoc.jsp

Corbis updates image delivery

Corbis a leading provider of digital stock photography and imagery, is planning to use WAM!NET's global managed network, data storage and hosting services, to provide a new online image delivery service. The new service will make available the more than 25,000 royalty-free, or non-licensed, photographs and images within the Corbis Collection, on a subscription basis to corporations, publishers, agencies and other creative professionals.

Currently, Corbis delivers its royalty-free images on a set of more than 250 CD-ROMs and multi-resolution single images delivered to customers, or through the Internet at corbis.com. 23/03/01

URL: Corbis http://www.corbis.com/
URL: WAM!NET http://www.wamnet.com/

Java and XML recordings

IBM developerWorks is running Java and XML sessions recorded at the recent International Conference for Java Development in New York on February 26 - March 2, 2001 . These two programs, downloadable as MP3 files, cover XML and web services:

URL: Java Conference http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/java/conferences/

VR/i3D products on show

The editor of VREfresh (the VR news service published on El.pub) reports from Internet World, Los Angeles that the presence of a number of exhibitors at the show indicated a growing awareness and demand for 3D. Companies catching his eye at the exhibition included:

URL: VREfresh on El.pub base02vt.htm

Digital pen with Bluetooth

IP-Wire the online newsletter of the IPR-Helpdesk features as it's European Patent of the Month the technology behind a digital pen incorporating Bluetooth technology. According to the item: "Christer Fahraeus, a Swedish inventor and owner of a patent (WO9960467), was the first to combine a ballpoint pen, which incorporates Bluetooth technology, with digital paper. Users can send hand-written messages to a computer, mobile phone or other wireless device via the Internet".

To view a beautifully crafted site, visit Anoto.com. 23/03/01

URL: Anoto.com http://www.anoto.com/concept/general/
URL: IPR-Helpdesk http://www.ipr-helpdesk.org/

XML and web applications

XML.com includes an article by Tim Bray, the co-editor of the XML 1.0 specification, in which he presents TAXI, "a Web application architecture that utilises the power of XML to deliver a responsive user environment". 23/03/01

URL: http://xml.com/pub/a/2001/03/14/taxi.html

Common sense knowledge base to be opened

During his keynote address "Enabling the Semantic Web" at the KT-2001 (Knowledge Technology 2001) Conference, world renowned computer scientist Douglas B. Lenat Ph.D., founder and President of Cycorp, Inc. announced that a greatly expanded version of the Cyc Common Sense Knowledge Base will be made available in open access form under the name OpenCyc.

In addition, Cycorp will, for the first time, provide the Cyc Inference Engine and a suite of tools for creating knowledge-based applications. OpenCyc 1.0 will be released on July 1, 2001. 21/03/01

URL: http://www.cyc.com/

El.pub tops search

We carry out periodic checks of the "visibility" of El.pub to search engines on the web. As our regular readers will know, El.pub is a site run by the EPIFOCAL project which receives support through the European Commission's IST Programme under KA Line III Multimedia Content and Tools. More specifically we are working in a sector entitled: Interactive Electronic Publishing.

Our most recent brief assessment of a number of major web search engines was extremely encouraging. On a free text search for the term: "Interactive Electronic Publishing", links to El.pub from the indices produced were ranked as follows: Google 1, Nothern Light 1, Hot Bot (Lycos) 2, MSN 3, Alta Vista 8, Excite 13.

We are sure that our readers have favourite web search engines not featured above. Please would you email them through to EPIFOCAL, as we are interested in expanding the list of search engines we poll. 21/03/01

Email: webmasters@elpub.org

Calling all XML developers

A call for presentations for the XML track of Developers' Day at the 10th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW10) has been issued with the deadline for submissions fixed for March 28, 2001. Proposals, sent directly to the chair of the XML track, Eve Maler, should be in plain text; include a short title suitable for the conference programme and web site; provide one to three paragraphs of description, suitable for use as a programme abstract.

Because this track is specifically intended to showcase the latest XML developments, presentations will not be required to be submitted in advance. However, presenters whose proposals are accepted must be prepared to submit their presentation in electronic form immediately following their appearance at the conference. 21/03/01

Email: Eve Maler eve.maler@east.sun.com
URL: WWW10 http://www.www10.org/

ebXML supports SOAP

An interesting CNET Investor report on the agreement between the developers of ebXML (OASIS) and of SOAP - Simple Object Access Protocol (W3C) to compromise in order to avoid duplication of effort in the development of their respective e-business standards. 21/03/01

URL: CNET Investor http://investor.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-4919016-0.html
URL: W3C http://www.w3c.org/
URL: OASIS http://www.oasis-open.org/
URL: ebXML http://www.ebXML.org/

RightsPublish 2.0 released

RightsMarket has released Version 2.0 of RightsPublish, an end-to-end digital publishing and digital rights management product aimed at content owners using "peer-to-peer distribution for PDF and MP3 files", who wish to prevent unauthorised access. 21/03/01

URL: RightsMarket http://www.rightsmarket.com/

Bluetooth newsletter

US-based research firm, Vision3G, has launched "The Blue Herald", a subscription-based industry newsletter focused on Bluetooth. Published bi-monthly the newsletter intends to provide information for "investors, developers and marketers involved in bringing Bluetooth-enabled products to market". 21/03/01

URL: http://www.blueherald.com/

Knowledge Technology Conf. report

XML.com, a mine of information on the evolving XML standard and it's applications, features a report from GCA's Knowledge Technology Conference held in Austin, Texas which apparently brought together members of the Web, Topic Maps, Knowledge Management and other related communities.

There is also an article based on the closing keynote, entitled: "Building the Semantic Web" which explores some of the practical points that need to be considered in "constructing the next generation of the web". 21/03/01

URL: conference report http://xml.com/pub/a/2001/03/07/kt1.html
URL: Building the Semantic Web http://xml.com/pub/a/2001/03/07/buildingsw.html

Model Driven Architecture

The Object Management Group has endorsed the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) as its architectural direction. The initiative broadens the scope of the OMG's work with a particular focus on the evolving concept of enterprise integration. MDA is an attempt to pull together the a number of OMG-sponsored efforts including: Unified Modeling Language(UML); Meta-Object Facility (MOF); XMI Metadata Interchange (XMI), and Common Warehouse Meta-model(CWM), and at the same time relating these to CORBA.

Further information about the MDA is available on the OMG's web site. 21/03/01

URL: MDA http://www.omg.org/mda
URL: OMG http://www.omg.org/
URL: CORBA http://www.corba.org/

Stockholm Challenge Award

The Stockholm Challenge Award is a non profit initiative whose task is to spread knowledge and encourage the use of information technology (IT). They organise an annual event, inviting cities and organisations worldwide to participate in a contest that focuses on the benefit that IT can generate for their community.

The essence of the challenge is "to reduce barriers and make information available... through IT-projects which engage and inform people and offer them a new way to develop and improve their common life". The contest is free (deadline is April 1) and projects are being sought in seven categories: New Economy, Education, Health and Quality of Life, Public Services and Democracy, Culture and Entertainment, Environment, a Global Village. Sign-up via the link below. 21/03/01

URL: http://www.challenge.stockholm.se/

Peer-to-peer explained

UMBC AgentNews reports on an article in New Scientist, (March 10, 2001 issue), which provides a popularist overview of peer-to-peer. 21/03/01

URL: New Scientist article http://www.newscientist.com/features/features.jsp?id=ns22812
URL: AgentNews http://agents.umbc.edu/06/09/

Museums and the web

The Scout Report (March 9, 2001) from the Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin Department of Computer Sciences included an interesting item on the Museums and the Web conference which was held on March 14-17, 2001 in Seattle. Over 60 presentations from the conference are available online, even to conference non-attendees, along with links to papers from previous conferences. 21/03/01

URL: 2001 papers http://www.archimuse.com/mw2001/speakers/
URL: past conference papers http://www.archimuse.com/conferences/mw.html

XML Schemas Recommendation

The W3C has released the proposed Recommendation versions of XML Schemas 1.0, the final step before the final Recommendation is published. 21/03/01

URL: http://www.w3.org/

DOM conformance testing

The W3Cs DOM Working Group, has announced that it is working with the US National standards organisation, NIST, to develop DOM Conformance Test Suites. The collaborators hope to produce a DOM Level 1 Test Suite (based on the NIST DOM Test Suite) and a DOM Level 2 Test Suite. The DOM Level 3 Test Suite will be addressed after the publication of the DOM Level 3 Candidate Recommendation. The DOM Conformance Test Suites Process Document is now available online. If you want to participate or send comments, please use the DOM TS mailing list. 21/03/01

URL: test suites process http://www.w3.org/DOM/DOMConformanceTS-Process-20010316
URL: mailing list www-dom-ts@w3.org
URL: mailing list archive http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-dom-ts/

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