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Contents

EC - exploitation of public sector information
M/S Commerce Server 2002 beta
UDDI explained
Latest Xara Modules
Complex Systems Network of Excellence
XML.com - web service development
Wiley InterScience continues online
Irish XML SIG formed
Cyberlaw resources
The new Napster
Augmenting digital libarary services
XML-DBMS Version 2.0 (Java)
3D CAD web collaboration
VES selects Sun One
Global SMS interconnected
AudioBasix 2
MediaPartner 4.1
ATM/MPLS interworking
MP3 text-to-speech software
ebrarian 2.0 piloted
Web's typewriter?
GameCube May debut
XML Origin editor
Resources for imaging professionals
Apache 1.3.23 available

EC - exploitation of public sector information

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on a working document outlining a possible legal instrument on the re-use of public sector information within the Community. The working document and the underlying documents are available on the web. Please see the web site for further details about the consultation.

URL: http://www.cordis.lu/econtent/psi/home.html

M/S Commerce Server 2002 beta

Microsoft have announced the availability of their Commerce Server 2002 beta. The company claim that tight integration with Visual Studio .NET will "provide developers with a strong platform for building next-generation e-commerce solutions". We have also provided a link to a report on the on the Internet News site.

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/news/commerce_2002_beta P115322.asp
URL: news item http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article/0,2171,10_955061,00.html
URL: beta download http://www.microsoft.com/commerceserver/

UDDI explained

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) is a global, comprehensive industry initiative that aims to enable developers of web services on one platform available to those developed on other other platforms. Microsoft have published a description with links to a number of resources to help get started in using UDDI.

URL: http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/tech/uddi.asp

Latest Xara Modules

Xara Online have released their new range of connectable email and data management Modules, aimed at "non-programmers to create and publish database linked web forms and applications on their web sites". The latest Xara Modules can be used to develop applications which include database, email and form functions, such as opt-in email management and other e-crm applications, automated product enquiry systems, personnel records, membership registration and surveys.

The Xara Data Manager Modules are available in both single or multi web site versions, with prices starting from €23 euros a month. A number of applications built using the new modules can be viewed online.

URL: http://www.xaraonline.com/
URL: sample applications http://help.xaraonline.com/modules/home/datamanager.htm

Complex Systems Network of Excellence

The European Communities are proposing to finance the activities of the Complex Systems Network of Excellence (EXYSTENCE). The purpose of EXYSTENCE is to develop collaboration among European research scientists interested in Complex Systems from fundamental concepts to applications, and involving academia, business and industry. The Network will not start earlier than April 2002, but advance notice is being given here to one of its first major activities: a Thematic Institute.

Thematic Institutes are among several practical efforts to foster collaborations. The idea is to have a number of invited scientists (15-25) working together for extended (and possibly recurrent) periods of time, eg. month(s) at the same location. The first institute will be held during May 2002 in Trieste under the general theme of complex systems and will focus on networks, dynamics, sociophysics and economics. During the institute, the WEHIA Workshop on Economics and heterogeneous Interacting Agents (30 May - 1 June) will take place.

Applications to take part are being requested by March 4, 2002, participants will be expected to stay in residence for a minimum three weeks continuous period (including 3 Mondays and 3 Fridays) but longer periods are welcome. The invitation includes: local and travel expenses, local: boarding expenses, travel (cheapest flights with a highest limit of 500 euros), office space and full computer access.

To apply send a short CV with a description of your research interests (2 pages of ASCII text ASCII not MS Word) plus a short working program during your expected stay at the TI. At least one letter of recommendation, compulsory for junior scientists, would be appreciated. Please mail your application to the emails below.

Email: Gérard Weisbuch mailto:weisbuch@lps.ens.fr
Email: Matteo Marsili mailto:Marsili@sissa.it
Email: Mario Rasetti mailto:complexity@isi36a.isi.it
URL: EXYSTENCE http://www.complexityscience.org/
URL: Trieste Institute http://www.ictp.trieste.it/

XML.com - web service development

The latest updates to the XML.com web site looks at the development of web services based on XML. The main feature looks at XHTML Modularization, explaining its purpose and demonstrates the implementation of a module with DTDs.

Another feature continues an examination of Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and explains "why it is inadequate as an interface definition language (IDL)". There is also two XForms articles: "What are XForms?" and "Interactive Web Services with XForms" which have been updated in line with the latest version of the XForms specification.

URL: XHTML Modularization http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/01/16/xhtml-m12n.html
URL: WSDL http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/01/16/endpoints.html
URL: What Are XForms http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/09/05/xforms.html
URL: Interactive Web Services with XForms http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/09/26/xforms.html

Wiley InterScience continues online

Wiley InterScience have added five more reference works, to their growing selection of electronic Major Reference Works online. The five works include The Encyclopedia of Imaging, The Encyclopedia of Software Engineering and The Reference Manual for Telecommunication.

The additions raises the number of reference works to 24 representing in excess of 100,000 printed pages. The InterScience subscription-based service is a "fully searchable and browseable database that integrates the complete content of the reference works with Wiley's related online journals and OnlineBooks".

URL: Wiley http://www.wiley.com/
URL: Wiley InterScience http://www.interscience.wiley.com/reference.html

Irish XML SIG formed

For Irish El.pub readers interested in XML, an announcement that the Irish XML Special Interest Group (SIG) is planning to hold its first meeting on February 6, 2002. The first meeting is a panel discussion about XML and Web Services. Panelists from Cape Clear, Iona, Propylon, Sun, Vordel are expected and the meeting will be chaired by Peter Flynn from University College, Cork. Further details from Sean McGrath of Propylon or via the SIG web site.

URL: Irish XML SIG http://www.xmlireland.com/
Email: Sean McGrath mailto:sean.mcgrath@propylon.com
URL: Propylon http://www.propylon.com/

Cyberlaw resources

The Filter, Internet news and commentary from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School considers what developments over the past year may have taught us concerning the future for Internet law and policy. It poses the questions:

and provides links to articles featuring answers to these and other questions by leading cyberlaw thinkers. Though American in outlook, the articles give a good overview of concerns of global significance.

URL: The Filter http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filter/

The new Napster

Ever wondered what has happened to Napster? The Scout Report has unearthed a couple of links which go some way in providing an an answer. According to the Scout Report the new Napster (currently undergoing beta testing), aims to create a product that addresses the concerns of copyright holders by charging for use. The Napster site gives an overview of what's planned whilst the second link below provides a review from one of the beta testers of the proposed new service.

URL: Napster http://www.napster.com
URL: beta review http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/2002/paynapster.html
URL: The Scout Report http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/report/sr/2002/scout-020118.html

Augmenting digital libarary services

Gerry McKiernan of the Iowa State University has announced the establishment of a new registry devoted to "Emerging Innovative Augmented Digital Library Services" called IDEALS. He defines IDEALS as: "a categorized registry of emerging innovative library services that enhance patron access, use, or manipulation of information resources made available by a library or similar organizational unit within a digital framework".

He has currently, identified several categories (including information technology and public services), and a few select examples for some. To fully develop IDEALS, Gerry would appreciate suggestions from El.pub readers for technology categories or applications and/or examples of each.

Email: Gerry McKiernan mailto:gerrymck@iastate.edu
URL: IDEALS http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/IDEALS.htm

XML-DBMS Version 2.0 (Java)

The alpha release of XML-DBMS version 2.0 (Java) is now available. According to its authors this is almost a complete rewrite of version 1.01. XML-DBMS is described as, "Open Source middleware for transferring data between XML documents and a relational database. It uses an object-relational mapping in which complex element types are viewed as classes and simple element types, attributes, and PCDATA are viewed as properties. An XML-based mapping language is used to specify the mapping for a given class of documents".

XML-DBMS is available in both Java and Perl, and the latest version can be downloaded via the link below.

URL: download http://www.rpbourret.com/xmldbms/xmldbms20alpha1.zip
URL: XML-DBMS http://www.rpbourret.com/xmldbms/index.htm

3D CAD web collaboration

According to Oracle CADView-3D allows "anyone with a web browser to participate in collaborative design reviews of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) models over the web. Oracle's patented streaming technology allows teams to view and mark-up any size CAD model over limited bandwidth (56K) network connections" and at the same time prohibits unauthorised distribution.

CADView-3D is seen as a significant enhancement to the Oracle E-Business Suite - a suite of Internet business applications aimed at automating business processes. The Oracle E-Business Suite is offered as traditional software on CD ROMs or as an online service.

URL: Oracle http://www.oracle.com/
URL: Oracle E-Business Suite http://www.oracle.com/features/oaw/index.html?newproducts.html

VES selects Sun One

The US-based, Virtual Education Space (VES) has launched the latest version of its e-learning platform and tools initiative and has based it on Sun's Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). According to a press release, when fully deployed, VES will support 2 million students, teachers, administrators, parents and mentors in an online educational environment. The VES deployment represents the first Sun ONE implementation in the K-12 market. Sun ONE is Sun's web services architecture.

VES Educational Collaborative is a non profit educational collaborative established to improve teaching and learning in Massachusetts, USA through the development, evaluation, and research of the Virtual Education Space (VES) Project.

URL: Sun in Education http://www.sun.com/edu
URL: Sun ONE http://www.sun.com/sunone
URL: Sun Microsystems http://www.sun.com/

Global SMS interconnected

Logica's Global Interconnect Network plans to provide a worldwide messaging service that extends the delivery of text messages to effectively anywhere in the world-over multiple mobile technologies. Logica believe that it will allow operators increased opportunity to generate revenues from existing 2G technologies. "The Global Interconnect Network provides messaging interoperability between carriers across the globe and offers a clearer way to charging and settlement for those messages", claimed Logica at the product's launch.

URL: Logica http://www.logica.com/telecoms
URL: Global Interconnect Network http://www.logica.com/sector/mobile_networks/what_we_do/programmes/gin.asp

AudioBasix 2

AudioBase, a developer of Internet audio streaming software, has released AudioBasix 2, an audio integration toolkit for web developers. AudioBasix 2 supports a choice of multiple audio players and streams high-fidelity WMA and MP3 files, as well as AudioBase's proprietary Java format, JSD.

According to the company, "audio-enabled web sites built with AudioBasix 2 automatically stream the appropriate file based on the end-user's configuration and bandwidth". The product, which also includes a Macromedia Dreamweaver Extension, is available for a free 30-day trial, and retails for US$ 99.95.

URL: http://www.audiobase.com/

MediaPartner 4.1

The latest version of MediaPartner 4.1 Enterprise, digital media management software from eMotion, apparently includes enhanced workflow, collaboration and integration capabilities. Find out more from the company's web site.

URL: eMotion http://www.emotion.com/

ATM/MPLS interworking

The ATM and MPLS Forums plan to collaborate on interworking standards to address issues surrounding the interworking of broadband technologies, in particular ATM and MPLS. The goal of the effort is to meet the needs of the industry to have a single standard by ultimately establishing identical text published by both organisations.

The ATM Forum is a non-profit international organisation dedicated to speeding the education, development and mass-market deployment of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and other communications technologies as the foundation for broadband networks.

The MPLS Forum is an industry-wide association of leading networking and telecommunications companies focused on advancing the successful deployment of multi-vendor MPLS networks and associated applications.

URL: ATM Forum http://www.atmforum.com/
URL: MPLS Forum http://www.mplsforum.org/

MP3 text-to-speech software

NextUp.com has announced that it's TextAloud MP3 text-to-speech (TTS) PC software is now offered with AT&T Labs' Natural Voices Text-to Speech Engine. The new software, which is targeted toward the consumer market, lets individuals add text-to-speech capabilities to their PCs.

URL: TextAloud MP3 http://www.nextup.com/

ebrarian 2.0 piloted

ebrarian 2.0 is being piloted by Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources, Yale University Library, and the Peninsula Library System - a consortium of 34 public and community college libraries in Northern California. With ebrarian, libraries can offer patrons unlimited multi-user access to books and other documents from more than 100 publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Penguin Classics.

"A growing number of library patrons are demanding authoritative, digital content and expect the convenience of the Internet," said Michael A. Keller, University Librarian & Director of Academic Resources, Stanford University. "With ebrary, we can now quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively meet our patrons' needs."

The service is web-based (delivery is via a custom built site) and is integrated with libraries' existing workflow, digital resources, and catalogue and administrative processes, specifically through full MARC records for all titles in the ebrary repository. Content is delivered in portable document format (PDF).

URL: ebrarian 2.1 http://www.ebrary.com/
URL: Peninsula Library System http://www.plsinfo.org/
URL: Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources http://www-sul.stanford.edu/
URL: Yale University Library http://www.library.yale.edu/

Web's typewriter?

Radio UserLand 8.0 is a web publishing product which its developers call a "web typewriter". Aimed at users that wish to publish information on the web (and particularly company intranets) quickly and simply. A free 30-day evaluation copy is available, a registered copy costs around US$ 40.

URL: UserLand Software http://www.userland.com/

GameCube May debut

Nintendo plans to launch its GameCube console across Europe on May 3, 2002 at a price point of 249 Euros. The company claims to have sold around 2.7 million units in the USA and Japan since its launch there. The European launch will be supported by the availability of 20 software titles, and the platform will be particularly targeted towards teenagers. A key point highlighted by Nintendo as positive to the product's likely success is the connectivity between GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

XML Origin editor

TFI Technology has released XML Origin, which it describes as "an XML editing solution with substantial XSLT authoring and debugging support". According to TFI the editor supports full syntax highlighting, auto-completion, document validation and automatic schema generation. XML transformations can be performed either via an in-built processor or with the Microsoft and Apache processors. The debugger environment offers features such as breakpoints, call stack display, watch window, quick watch and variable window.

An evaluation version is available for download, and "comments and suggestions would be much appreciated".

URL: evaluation copy http://www.xmlorigin.com/
Email: comments mailto:comment@xmlorigin.com
URL: TFI Technology http://www.tfi-technology.com/

Resources for imaging professionals

The Visual Resources Association is "devoted to advancing knowledge, research, and education in the field of visual information resources". The Association considers issues related to the study of, access to, and management of images in any media. Its international membership includes: information specialists, digital image specialists, librarians, museum curators and digital archivists, publishers, image system vendors, rights and reproductions officials, photographers, art historians, artists, and scientists.

The site features links to many useful resources relating to online images ranging from technology (including imaging metadata and cataloguing) to more commercial issues such as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and copyright.

URL: http://vraweb.org/

Apache 1.3.23 available

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and The Apache Server Project have announced the release of version 1.3.23 of the Apache HTTP server. This version of Apache is principally a bug fix and mod_proxy improvement release. A summary of the bug fixes and major new features is provided at the end of the release document.

Apache 1.3.23 is considered to be the best version of Apache available and the ASF strongly recommend that users of older versions, especially of the 1.1.x and 1.2.x family, upgrade as soon as possible. No further releases will be made in the 1.2.x family.

URL: Apache 1.3.23 http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html
URL: Apache Software Foundation http://www.apache.org/


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