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Future of EP study call
Interactive Electronic Publishing in FP6
Intel Media Center Reference Design
Multimedia Security and Rights Management
Home page design guidelines
GIS projects web site
Web-based information services assessed
"Digital Divide" discussion paper
W3C "RDF Primer"
Softswitch Architecture White Paper
Research specialists required
E-enomomy entrepreneurship study
E-privacy expert required
"Creative Commons" launched
Protecting cultural heritage
Managing photographic collections workshop
D-Lib May 2002
MPEG latest news
Internet Imaging IV (EI20) CFP
Advertising and new media report
Library Link Newsletter May 2002
eCulture newsletter March-June 2002
.NET Speech SDK Beta
Publishing systems compromise design
Java Media Framework basics
Digimarc patents for watermarking
Building "multi-interface web services"
Future of eForms report

Interactive Electronic Publishing in FP6

The report and papers from the INFORM Interactive Electronic Publishing Workshop on 6th Framework Programme held in Barcelona on April 23, 2002 are being published on the El.pub site. The first set of slides and presentations are available for download and include:

• a comprehensive overview of research directions in FP6, from Pascal Jacques, Head of the IEP Sector, European Commission, DG INFSO.
• a report of the event from the organisers of the event - which includes contact details of participants.

Further information via the conference agenda page on El.pub.

URL: http://www.elpub.org/agenda22.htm

Intel Media Center Reference Design

Intel Corporation has been demonstrating the Intel Media Center Reference Design which is intended to help hardware and software developers accelerate the development and production of powerful, scaleable, interactive consumer products that integrate the capabilities of a number of previously discrete devices. The Reference Design includes hardware and software to support multiple audio and video applications, content and back-end systems.

Products based on the design will provide broadband Internet access, DVD playback, personal video recording, interactive gaming, TV reception, MP3 audio, content storage, video on demand and home networking in a single device. The reference design is also supported by the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE.net operating systems.

URL: http://www.intel.com

Multimedia Security and Rights Management call

The "EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing" is planning a special issue on: "Multimedia Security and Rights Management" to bring together the contributions from the latest research and development in the area. Prospective papers should be unpublished and present solid research works offering innovative contributions either from a theoretical, methodological or application point of view. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Joint consideration of business models, system architectures and technical solutions of digital rights management (DRM) for multimedia;
• Efficient multimedia encryption
• Authentication of scalable multimedia
• Data hiding for multimedia security and rights management
• Secure multimedia transmission over lossy channels and for mobile environment
• Secure multicast of multimedia information
• New forms of multimedia distribution (such as P2P) and related technical issues
• New security analysis and evaluation methodologies in multimedia security and rights management
• Legal issues, economics aspects, and limitations of DRM
• Emerging standards for multimedia security and rights management.

Prospective authors should visit the Journal's web site for further information.

URL: http://asp.hindawi.com/

Home page design guidelines

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for May 12, 2002 is online and considers key guidelines for home page design - to improve a web site's value to the user.

URL: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020512.html

GIS projects web site

GISbid is a web site which aims to provide a collaborative portal for GIS application developers to bid on projects posted by potential clients. Some of the services are provided free (such as requests for proposals), whilst others have a subscription fee attached.

URL: http://www.gisbid.com/

Web-based information services assessed

The Factiva 2002 White Paper, entitled "Free, Fee-Based and Value-Added Information Services" considers their relative "costs" to the information user. Published by Factiva, a provider of the so-called, "Value-added Services" it does however raise some of the issues relating to information, it's authenticity and its timliness since the introduction of the web. The report is in PDF format.

URL: http://factiva.com/collateral/files/whitepaper_feevsfree_032002.pdf

"Digital Divide" discussion paper

"Access" for all is thought to be necessary to tackle social exclusion and promote equality in the knowledge economy by ensuring that the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" does not widen as ICT becomes increasingly influential in relation to educational standards, economic competitiveness and citizenship.

This report is one in a series of "Watching Briefs" initially produced by British Educational, Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) in the first half of 2001. It identifies research findings affecting key policy areas and provides a basis for discussion through identification of the main aspects and characteristics of "the divide", highlighting areas for specific action in both the school and post-school policy arenas, specifically:

• the nature, characteristics and extent of the "digital divide";
• the dimensions along which the divide(s) occurs;
• the factors contributing to its development and continuation;
• recommendations and suggestions for future work and policy discussion.

Becta's role is to bridge educational and technological developments and communities. It also seeks to:

• evaluate information and communications technology (ICT) practice
• support existing applications of ICT
• investigate emerging technologies and associated pedagogy.

URL: report http://www.becta.org.uk/research/reports/docs/digitaldivide.pdf
URL: Becta http://www.becta.org.uk

W3C "RDF Primer"

The RDF Core Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium has published an RDF primer aiming to provide the reader the basic fundamentals required to effectively use RDF in their particular applications.

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a general-purpose language for representing information in the World Wide Web. It is particularly intended for representing metadata about Web resources, such as the title, author, and modification date of a Web page, the copyright and syndication information about a Web document, the availability schedule for some shared resource, or the description of a Web user's preferences for information delivery.

RDF provides a common framework for expressing this information in such a way that it can be exchanged between applications without loss of meaning. Since it is a common framework, application designers can leverage the availability of common RDF parsers and processing tools. Exchanging information between different applications means that the information may be made available to applications other than those for which it was originally created.

URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-primer/

Softswitch Architecture White Paper

To aid the telecommunications industry evaluate the application of packet-based technologies to wireless networks, the International Softswitch Consortium (ISC) has released a wireless white paper. The paper, "Softswitch Applications in Wireless Core Networks," provides an overview of relevant applications, examines the current standards governing the wireless marketplace, and explores the benefits of the softswitch architecture to wireless core networks. The authors also investigate the evolution of wireless networks and how packet technologies can enable a cost-effective migration from 2G to 3G.

The ISC was launched in May 1999 to "support rapid advancement of application development for the evolving Internet protocol networks".

URL: http://www.softswitch.org

Research specialists required

According to Cordis, the European Parliament has published a call for expressions of interest for various research services. The European Parliament intends to compile a file of institutes and experts covering "a number of fields" with a view to issuing restricted invitations to tender for contracts. The file will remain valid for three years. Further information is available from the contacts below, unfortunately no email or web addresses were published.

Contact: European Parliament, Research DG
STOA, Schuman Building
Office SCH 06 B 041
Plateau du Kirchberg
L-2929 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 43 0022060
Fax: +352 43 0027718

E-enomomy entrepreneurship study

The European Commission has issued a call for tenders for a study on "The impact of the e-economy on entrepreneurship and start-up in the ICT (information and communication technologies) sector". The objective of the study is to analyse the ICT sector in Europe, taking into account the major policies and actions developed by Member States to promote entrpreneurship and business creation. The duration of the study is four months and the deadline for submission of tenders is June 13, 2002. The estimated budget is Euro 50,000. Further information via the European Commission, DG Enterprise.

Contact: European Commission DG Enterprise
Unit D4 - E-business, ICT industries and services
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +322 296 9110
Fax: +322 296 9500

E-privacy expert required

The European Commission requires expert assistance in the field of privacy enhancing information technologies. The tasks of the expert will be: to analyse architectures, models, protocols, tools, appliactions, systems and services which affect identity management; evaluate these with regard to their impact on the right to privacy and data protection; idetify potential obstacles to the implementation of data protection principles due to technological developments and explore whether these could be removed by technical measures; anticipate future developments.

The contact will be awarded for 45 days of work over a period of 12 months, with the option to extend the contract for a further period of 12 months. Deadline for receipt of requests, to European Commission DG Internal Market, is May 28, 2002.

Contact: European Commission DG Internal Market
B-1049 Brussels
Email: mailto:ec-intmarket-contracts@cec.eu.int
Tel: +322 295 4031
Fax: +322 299 3088

"Creative Commons" launched

The "Creative Commons" has been launched , which is described as "a new web-based enterprise that assists
creators in extending certain uses of their copyrighted works to the public"
. Conceived by a number of leading US-based academics including Eric Eldred (Eldritch Press), Lawrence Lessig (Stanford), James Boyle (Duke), Hal Abelson (MIT), Michael Carroll (Villanova) and Eric Saltzman (Berkman Center), Creative Commons is designed to encourage and enable the sharing and use of creative works on the Internet. The goal is: "to combine the flexibility of copyright law, the power of metadata tagging for permitted uses, and Internet search capability to nurture a rich public domain alongside traditional copyrights".

In May 2001, the Berkman Center convened the first Creative Commons meeting. The core question: How do we (literally) give license to creativity on the Net? What are the legal and technical barriers to building an IP conservancy? The archive of the meeting is available via the link below.

"The intellectual property wars will continue to rage for some time, and with particular ferocity in the digital environment," says Saltzman, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, who shepherded the project through its development. "Creative Commons won't replace traditional licensing schemes or end these battles, but we've laid the cornerstone of a promising new alternate reality for the use of creative works in digital form."

URL: Creative Commons homepage http://www.creativecommons.org/
URL: press release http://www.creativecommons.org/news/may16.html
URL: coverage in New York Times (registration required) http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/13/technology/13FREE.html
URL: coverage by Associated Press http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,52562,00.html
URL: Creative Commons meeting archive http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/creativecommons/
URL: Berkman Center http://cyber.law.harvard.edu

Protecting cultural heritage

Dr. Klaus Graf has asked us to point to a page on "Museum law and the protection of cultural property and monuments". The purpose of this page, part of the Virtual Library Museums (and History) in Germany, is to highlight the protection of cultural heritage (or cultural property) and to the law (or legal issues) concerning museums, archives and libraries.

"The common task of these institutions is to preserve, to cultivate and to make accessible cultural assets. The offices responsible for the preservation of monuments as well as foundations, associations and private initiatives are committed to the same aim. The following list of German and international resources in the World Wide Web has the aim to demonstrate how the different institutions interact." Dr Graf is requesting that interested parties link to the page and also submit links for inclusion.

URL: http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~graf/museumr.htm
Email: Klaus Graf mailto:graf@uni-koblenz.de

Managing photographic collections workshop

The SEPIA Workshop on management of photographic collections is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, on 17-23 October 2002. In promoting the workshops, SEPIA states: "Librarians, archivists and curators in charge of photographic materials need to know about the role of new technology in collection management. Digital imaging offers unprecedented opportunities for access to historical materials. But how can it be combined with established preservation methods in an integrated strategy, to ensure optimal access today as well as in the future?"

The workshop is organised by the European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA). They are part of the SEPIA ("Safeguarding European Photographic Images for Access") project, subsidised by the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union. The workshop will focus on:

• The nature of photography: history of photography, identification of photographic materials and techniques, forms of deterioration.
Preservation: preventive measures, environmental issues, storage, packaging, handling, effect on life span; duplication: analogue or digital; financial and managerial aspects of preservation.
Digital imaging: planning a digitization project, goals, selection criteria, technical specifications, scanning, color management, image enhancement yes or no? quality control; scanning & preservation, management of digital assets: long-term access to digital archives, descriptions & metadata.
Collection management: photographic collections & institutions, users' requirements, defining preservation policies, storing and displaying photographs, digitization as one option in collection management.
Case study: participants will work in small groups on a project combining digitisation and preservation aspects.

The workshop is likely to be of interest to all those responsible for photographic collections in archives, museums, libraries. For this introductory course, no specific expertise of photographic techniques or digital imaging is required. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English in order to participate in discussions. The fee is for this 5-day course is 500 Euros which includes coffees, teas, lunches and a course pack with reading materials. Participants from institutions that are SEPIA partners or ECPA contributors will pay 450 euros. Apply online via the website below.

URL: registration http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/form.html
URL: SEPIA http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/sepia
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) URL: http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/

D-Lib May 2002 issue

The May 2002 issue of D-Lib Magazine is available online. There are four full-length articles, a review of the book, "Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age" by David M. Levy, several smaller features in D-Lib Magazine’s "In Brief" column, excerpts from recent press releases, and news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in "Clips and Pointers". The articles include:

"A Metadata Registry for the Semantic Web";
"Meta-Design of a Community Digital Library";
"Levels of Service for Digital Repositories";
"Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights: A Digital Library Context".

URL: D-Lib Magazine http://www.dlib.org/
URL: table of contents May 2002 http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may02/05contents.html

MPEG latest news

A press release has been issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation's Working Group 11 (WG11) which outlines the latest news on the development of the MPEG standard. The two important milestones reported on are the completion of the first specification in the suite of standards known as MPEG-21 and the first ballot for its joint video codec development effort with the ITU known as the Joint Video Team (JVT), that is developing a new video standard for industry. The press release and other MPEG-related information can be found on the MPEG homepage.

URL: http://mpeg.telecomitalialab.com

Internet Imaging IV (EI20) CFP

Internet Imaging IV will take place at the Electronic Imaging 2003 event, scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, USA on 20-24 January 2003. This conference is intended as a forum for discussing technologies, applications, and challenges of placing images on the Internet. The participants will present the most recent developments in the appropriate representation, communication, and rendering of images using the Internet. The focus of the conference is on novel means of image capture, coding, computation and representation specific to the Internet, efficient transport of images over networks, display and rendering of image received over networks, and the requirements of applications which derive value from the use of these technologies.

Special attention will be given to papers describing new applications or presenting well argumented vision statements on potentially revolutionary applications for images and video on the Internet, and on how these applications will take advantage of the opportunities and deal with the challenges of the medium.

A call for papers is open with abstracts due by June 10, 2002.

Internet Imaging is the host for the Benchathlon event (see URL below), an open collaboration for research on the performance analysis of content based image retrieval systems (CBIRS). Topics of interest include but are not limited to annotation and ground truthing, communication protocols, user models, performance metrics, and benchmark protocols.

URL: Internet Imagaing IV CFP http://electronicimaging.org/call/03/conferences/index.cfm?fuseaction=EI20
URL: Electronic Imaging 2003 http://electronicimaging.org
URL: abstract submission http://butler2.spie.org/abstracts/absin.lasso?-token=EI20&symp=ei
URL: Benchathlon http://www.benchathlon.net

Advertising and new media report

The European Commission funded Active Ad project undertook research which concluded that advertisers and their agencies are "ignorant of the technologies and methodologies involved in interactive advertising across all platforms". With this in mind, Van Dusseldorp & Partners, a member of the Active Ad project consortium, have published "Beyond the Banner", a pan European research study getting behind the campaigns that have set the standard for using interactivity to engage consumers with a brand.

There are case studies from: One2One, Nokia, Domino's Pizza and Peugeot explaining what they are doing across Internet, mobile and iTV platforms. There is also analysis of the opportunities and difficulties inherent in advertising across the different platforms, with contributions from experts at LemonAd and Media 1 Europe, who provide industry figures and analysis on how well brands have incorporated new forms of interactivity into their marketing campaigns.

Also included, is a comprehensive 300 page directory of the major players in the European interactive advertising industry, ranging across the top interactive advertising agencies and associations. The report is avaiable on subscription in encrypted PDF format.

URL: report overview http://www.vandusseldorp.com/publications/btb.asp
URL: order form http://www.vandusseldorp.com/publications/order.asp

Library Link Newsletter May 2002

The May 2002 issue of the Library Link Newsletter has been published online. It includes the following articles:

"Questions for Managers of Digital Collections - can we afford it; is it worth it; how do we decide?"
"Cost/Benefit Analysis for Digital Library Projects: The Virginia Historical Inventory Project (VHI)"
"New Developments in Online Databases", the third in a series of articles which considers Library Information Systems (LIS), a set of terms that spans the domains and marketplaces for integrated library systems, online databases, digital libraries, and e-books.
"Users, End-Users, and End-User Searchers of Online Information: A Historical Overview"

URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/librarylink

eCulture newsletter March-June 2002

The latest eCulture newsletter from the European Commission includes news of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), and information on a number of newly-funded projects along with news of networks of excellence, accompanying actions, and events.

URL: eCulture newsletter http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka3/digicult/newsletter.htm
URL: Digital Heritage & Cultural Content home page http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka3/digicult/

.NET Speech SDK Beta

internet.com's VoiceXMLPlanet.com weekly newsletter for May 9th, 2002 reports that Microsoft plans to release a free .NET Speech SDK beta with SALT support.

URL: VoiceXMLPlanet.com article http://voicexmlplanet.com/articles/msspeech.html
URL: Microsoft announcement http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/news/speech_skdP119035.asp

Publishing systems compromise design

A column published on the Editor & Publisher Online web site entitled: "Content Publishing Systems Squash News Design" contends that as the web has got more technologically sophisticated, it has become a more bland medium - especially in online newspapers. The author believes that the blame for this is at least partly attributable to the increased use of "expensive, complicated, and still-immature web publishing systems being implemented by large media companies".

URL: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/features_columns/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1484602
URL: Editor & Publisher Online http://www.editorandpublisher.com

Java Media Framework basics

The IBM developerWorks Newsletter - Technology edition of May 9, 2002 includes a tutorial entitled: "Java Media Framework (JMF) basics". The Java Media Framework is an API that allows Java developers to process media in many different ways. This tutorial provides an overview of some of the major features of JMF, mainly through the use of working examples. Upon completion of this tutorial, the reader should "understand the major players in the JMF architecture and will have worked directly with JMF, using live examples and source code that may be extended for more specific purposes".

URL: JMF tutorial http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/education/r-jmf.html?n-j-592
URL: IBM developerWorks http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/?n-592

Digimarc patents for watermarking

Webreference Update Newsletter May 9, 2002 includes a news item reporting that the US Patent Office has granted Digimarc seven patents for digital watermarking technology used to protect the copyrights of audio, video and other content files.

URL: Digimarc press release http://digimarc.com/news/release.asp?id=269
URL: Infoworld.com article http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/02/05/08/020508hndigimarc.xml
URL: Webreference Update Newsletter http://www.webreference.com/new/

Building "multi-interface web services"

XML.com has published a Perl and XML column entitled, "Multi-Interface Web Services Made Easy" which offers a range of methods for building web applications with SOAP, REST, and XML-RPC interfaces. A reminder also that XML.com publishes XML news headlines, in its XML Cover Pages, edited by seasoned industry watcher, Robin Cover.

URL: web services article http://xml.com/pub/a/2002/05/08/ws-easy.html
URL: XML Cover Pages http://xml.com/pub/a/coverpage/newspage.html

Future of eForms report

Adobe Systems have published a report entitled : "The Future of eForms", an investigation into the use of internal electronic forms (eForms) across the UK's financial, legal and government sectors. Adobe assert that "the independent MORI findings reveal that widespread adoption of eForms is predicted across all three sectors over the next two years with 59% of IT decision-makers supporting their use for reducing business costs".

URL: report http://www.adobe.co.uk/special/eforms/main.html
URL: Adobe http://www.adobe.com/

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