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- EC Projects Concertation meeting
- Exploitation Plans meeting
- IPR DAY - Secure Asset Management in the Digital World
EVA Florence 2001 "Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts" was held at the Palazzo Dei Congressi on 26-30 March 2001. The annual event, which included a conference, training sessions and workshops, has established itself as the premier event in the European cultural calendar, providing a unique forum for the user, supplier and scientific research communities to meet and exchange experiences, ideas and plans.
This year, EVA was supported by the European Commissions EVAN project in association with the Electronic Publishing Information Focal Point (EPIFOCAL) - the publisher's of this web site - and provided up to date information on new EC and international arts computing and telecom initiatives. It included case studies of leading edge applications in museums, galleries, libraries and education, integrated digital archives for cultural heritage and modern art and the impact of new technology in conservation and education to global access.
Further information concerning the event along with details of the conference proceedings are available from the conference web site: http://lci.det.unifi.it/Events/Eva2001/eva2001.htm.
EC Projects Concertation meeting
The EC Projects Concertation Meeting for Interactive Electronic Publishing and Cultural & Scientific Content was attended by over 100 delegates and consisted of a number of brief presentations from projects who have been funded, or are soon to receive funding from the European Commission. We have provided a complete list of the projects that took part along with links to download the presentations made.
If you wish to contact the projects listed, you will find contact details in the presentations, which are available for download via the link as PC-zipped PowerPoint slides.
Chairman: Poliart Claude, DG Information Society, European Commission
- RENAISSANCE, further details from the project website: http://www.giuntimultimedia.com/renaissance/
- MELIES, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/melies.zip
- WORLD STUDIO?
Socio-economic of Multimedia Content and Tools
- TEDIP, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/tedip.zip
- HORTONET3, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/hortonet3.zip, further details from the project website: http://www.futureheritage.demon.co.uk
- MUDIA, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/mudia.zip, further details from the project website: http://www.mudia.org/
- AIRE, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/aire.zip
- COMMORG, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/commorg.zip
- CONTESSA, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/contessa.zip
- VIZARD, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/vizard.zip
- ENRICH, further details from the project website: http://www.enrich.nl/
- HYPERFILM, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/hyper-film.zip, further details from the project website: http://www.hyperfilm.it/
- CULTOS, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/cultos.zip
Geographic Information Systems
- CHIPS, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/chips.zip
- RADICAL, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/radical.zip, further details from the project website: http://www.getradical.net/
- INFORM, further details from the project website: http://www.elpub.org/
- HEREIN 2, further details from the project website: http://www.herein.org/
- VNET5, further details from the project website: http://www.vnet5.org/
Trials and test-beds for digital content authoring and personalising systems
- GATE, download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/gate.zip
Digital Heritage projects
- ARTISTE, details from the project website: http://www.artisteweb.org/
Exploitation Plans Meeting
- Commission's expectations regarding exploitation
Karl-Heinz Robrock - Innovation cell, IST
- A practical talk on exploitation planning and gaining VC
Download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/oliver.zip
- New Economy Business Accelerator
Filippo Gargani, Chairman, NetStrategy SpA
Download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/netstrategy.zip
- The Business Angels Perspective
Luca Bastia, IBAN (Italian Business Angels Network)
Download presentation from http://www.elpub.org/evaflorence/bastia.zip
- Questions & answers - specific problems
- Usability issues in IEP projects - VNET5
Elke-Maria Melchior & Miles Macleod
Elke-Maria Melchior and Miles Macleod presented a brief overview of the VNET5 project which is a "thematic network" committed to providing usability support to IST projects. VNET5 is very keen to hear from projects who are undertaking usability excercises and would like to discuss the progress of these with usability experts who make-up the project. In addition the project is planning: - the VNET5 website, which is due to go live this week, aiming to provide projects with a number of expert resources on usability testing. - a number of events providing hands-on coaching, knowledge sharing and exchange of experience in user-centred product creation. The first of these free user validation workshops is scheduled for Porto, June 14-15, 2001. Contact VNET5 for further information.
- Questions & answers - specific problems
IPR DAY - Secure Asset Management in the Digital World
"Secure Asset Management in the Digital World" was designed to provide valuable, concise and up to date information and advice to organisations embarking on the development of information services. The session was moderated by Chris Barlas of Rightscom Limited and featured presentations and panel discussions on security and watermarking and copyright access and licensing. Chris has been heavily involved with Intellectual Property issues, first as a writer himself and later as the Chairman of the UK authors collecting society ALCS. Under the ECs ESPRIT, he also managed the IMPRIMATUR project, an international initiative aimed at securing consensus for digital rights training.
Other speakers included representatives of EC funded multimedia projects from countries throughout the Community, who provided valuable insights to the problems and solutions in creating secure, user-friendly environments for access to content.
PLENARY - The importance of IPR & Security Keynote address - Online Content Delivery
The experience from the field - Usability is Key
Peter Kumik, Managing Director, Sealed Media, UK
Don't forget the user! Content owners are well aware that they will have a copyright protection problem if they put their valuable content on the Internet. It will be open to unauthorised repurposing and for chargeable content valuable sales will be lost through pass along. It is clear however that in their enthusiasm to protect the interests of rights owners both publishers and technologists have forgotten that they need to provide content in a usable way for their customers. If new systems don't pass the test of being practical, easy to understand and provide for a "fair use" model they will fail.
Peter Kumik will share SealedMedia's experiences implementing Digital Rights Management in the field based on work with a range of content providers.
PLENARY - Security & Watermarking IPR Protection using Watermarking Technology
Jean Barda, Netimage, France & MIGRATOR 2000 project
This presentation tackles the problem of IPR protection for digital items going for distribution on networks of all kinds. In order to be able to trace the use as well as the possible misuses of the content, a digital item must be identified uniquely. In order to secure the attachment of the identifier to the content, watermarking is currently the most adapted technique. But it works better with short and fixed size messages. Based on the work done within ISO for still pictures, the author presents a solution with a 64 bits identifier called "License Plate".
The presentation describes the way to deliver a unique identifier for digital items, taking for example still images, then goes through the associated databases to which the identifier is the unique link. It concludes with references to two IST projects where IPR protection is a major concern, one about content creation (MIGRATOR 2000), the other one about certification of watermarking techniques (CERTIMARK).
Music Distribution and Protection
Paolo Nesi, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy & WEDELMUSIC Project
An added value of digital distribution and thus of Internet is the possibility of exploiting new functionalities related to the interactivity. Images of music sheets are not interactive and the related costs for using that music for preparing performances in orchestras, in music schools, etc., are comparable to those of using traditional music sheets. Theatres, orchestras, music schools, music distributors, recording studios, blind people, and libraries need interactive music; that is, music that can be manipulated: arranged, transposed, modified, reformatted, printed on Braille, etc.
These are real needs for preparing performances, studying music, analysing music, learning instruments, etc. To this end, WEDELMUSIC model has been defined to allow publishers and consumers exploiting interactive music respecting copyright laws. In this view, important aspects are the protection of music distribution with a safe transaction model, the passive protection of digital objects with suitable encryption tools, the Digital Right Management, and the watermarking of digital objects such as audio files, music sheets, etc.
Xiamu Niu, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, Germany & BONAFIDE Project
The paper discusses the problems of video watermarking from a video characteristics point of view, and then introduces some solutions of video watermarking.
PLENARY - Access: Copyright, Licensing Proof of Authorship for Copyright Protection in OPELIX
Markus Schneider, GMD, Germany & OPELIX Project
Producers that create and sell digital information have a high interest to prevent malicious parties selling copies of their work or claiming that they are the true creator. In order to provide the authors of some digital information with undeniable evidences that prove the authorship we propose a timestamp mechanism. This mechanism can be applied even if the good to be protected is simple text in ASCII where no watermarking can be applied. Furthermore we show what can be done to prevent the timestamps from expiration even if certificates have expired, public keys have been revoked or cryptographic primitives are broken. This is necessary if the timestamps should remain valid evidences over a long period, eg. many years.
Intellectual Property Rights and Internet
Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, Kopiosto, Finland & INDECS Project
The paper deals with intellectual property rights, mainly copyright, in the network environment. A subtitle of the paper is "E-commerce with cultural goods and related copyright questions including online licensing through VERDI". The presentation first tackles some infrastructure issues for reliable trade in the internet: a need for solid copyright legislation, technical protection measures and rights indentification issues as well as sufficient enforcement possibilities. Online licensing of cultural works is presented through the example of VERDI (Very Extensive Rights Data Information) Project, an INFO2000 Programme multimedia rights clearance project.
Beyond the Multimedia Database Concept: A Cultural Heritage-Specific Application Server
Stefano Cuomo, Director of R&D, Space Spa, Italy & OPEN HERITAGE Project
This paper describes the architecture of a Cultural Heritage Application Servers (CHAS) devised to address the specific needs of CH applications in terms of customisation and flexibility in the delivery of multimedia contents. The CHAS architecture transfers to the CH field the enabling features required by advanced multimedia applications without the complexities and costs associated with object-oriented database engines.
Making Images Work - creating an equitable market for the visual arts
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