EP Topic News: 14th March 2002
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Cultivate Interactive Issue 6
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Tellme Studio Review
UK - banner ads in decline
Mobile GPS Demonstration Platform
Ipedo XML Database 3.0
Interactive Audio SIG
Apache Xindice XML database
Hybrid Library of the Future
Ruple Alpha Version 2
XML Standards Library 1.0
Organisation in online environments
Modeling and Simulation Journal
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Windows CE for Automotive
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New image format gains users
Internet - freedom to speak
Electronic resource collections
IBM resources for developers
Scalable Vector Graphics articles
Adobe launches community site
As you probably know the El.pub services are supported as part of the INFORM project in the European Union RTD 5th Framework Programme. The current four year programme is ending and the next cycle, the 6th FP will probably start towards the end of this year. As part of the project we run workshops that increase awareness of the programme and in particular interactive electronic publishing.
We have decided to launch a newsletter with information about the 6th FP in relation to projects concerned with digital content. The newsletter will appear occasionally and point to recent information on CORDIS and in other documents, and to meetings relevant to the programme organised by the Commission and other organisations, and projects. If you are interested in receiving this free newsletter please subscribe via the email below.
Cultivate Interactive Issue 6, sponsored by the Cultural and Digital Heritage sector of the IST programme (Action Line III - Multimedia Content & Tools) is now available online. Some articles of potential interest to El.pub readers include:
- "Russia Joins the Cultivate Family", in which the author considers the impact CULTIVATE-Russia, the newest addition to Cultivate, will have on the current network.
- "Disclosing Digital Cultural Wealth: Museums and the Open Archives Initiative", assesses the potential the Open Archives Initiative may hold for museums and how CIMI have been testing the OAI protocol.
- "Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF)", a report on CLEF, an initiative that provides an infrastructure for the testing and evaluation of information retrieval systems operating on European languages.
- "Content-Based Multimedia Information Handling: Should we Stick to Metadata", discusses retrieval and navigation as ways of accessing multimedia information, and the use of content as an aid to these activities.
- "The Historical Data Warehouse", reports on adapting concepts from Information and knowledge management (IKM) and information and communication technology (ICT) into the field of organising and giving access to metadata about historical archives and collections.
The journal is always interested in receiving submissions. If readers of El.pub wish to submit an article for the next issue of Cultivate Interactive (published June, 2002) please contact the Editor.
Email: Cultivate Interactive Editor mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Internetnews.com reports that "despite its much-popularised mistrust of the open source model, Microsoft Corp. inched another step in that direction with an expansion of its Shared Source Initiative, a programme which gives access to the Windows source code to certain customers, partners, developers and academics". The site offers a free e-zine subscribe via the link below.
URL: article http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article/0,,10_978421,00.html
URL: Internetnews.com http://www.internetnews.com/
The Web3D Consortium has announced the availability of the draft version of the X3D ("Extensible 3D") standard to bring 3D graphics to the Web and broadcast environments for a wide variety of applications and devices. The draft specification will form the basis for commercial implementation and evaluation of this open, royalty-free standard in preparation for submission to ISO in August of this year. The X3D Interactive profile has also been accepted by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as the basis for lightweight, i3D graphics in the MPEG-4 multimedia standard. The X3D Interactive Profile defines a small footprint subset of X3D that enables interactive 3D functionality for MPEG-4 Systems.
By enabling interactive 3D for devices with limited processing power, the X3D Interactive Profile defines a standard for 3D destined for low-power computers, set-top boxes, mobile phones, and personal digital assistants as well as more capable devices such a desktop devices and gaming consoles. The Interactive Profile will enable interoperability between X3D and MPEG-4 content, providing a consistent platform for 3D graphics and application development across Web and broadcast environments. The Web3D Consortium, as an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is tightly integrating X3D with other W3C standards, including the Extensible Markup Language (XML), the Document Object Model (DOM) and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).
Tight integration of these standards will allow developers to combine text, audiovisual content, graphics, animations and data to deliver a seamless and compelling end user experience. The X3D standard is being developed with an accompanying sample open source implementation, Xj3D. Xj3D is a java-based X3D toolkit that allows companies to rapidly support the new standard. The source code is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), and so can be used by companies as a library without restrictions. X3D will also ship with a rich repository of sample content, over 2,000 files, to facilitate conformance testing and to educate content developers.
MPEG-4 is receiving an increasing amount of attention as products and services based on the standard appear on the market. A significant challenge for content providers is to avoid the duplication of contents for delivery via different platforms (TV, wireless, Internet). This conference sets-out to answer related questions such as: Will MPEG-4 become the broadband content delivery standard, and if so, will operators be able to provide commercially acceptable MPEG-4 services? Scheduled to take place in Paris, France, from April 23 to 26, 2002, further details from the conference web site.
Voicexmlplanet has a two-part review of Tellme Studio, a hosted VoiceXML development environment. The first part describes the application and its utility and the second part, concentrates on some of the advanced features of the Studio, including My Extensions, VoiceXML Terminal and Voice Over IP support.
URL: Part 1 http://voicexmlplanet.com/reviews/tellmestudio1.html
URL: Part 2 http://voicexmlplanet.com/reviews/tellmestudiopart2-1.html
The Active Ad Newsletter of February 18, 2002 reports that, "paid banner advertising will be of little or no importance for companies within the next 12 months, according to a survey by online list broker OK-Mail carried out among 167 UK companies. The research revealed that almost 58 per cent of surveyed companies said not to expect paid-for banner advertising to feature in their plans for the next year". According to OK-Mail, the future looks similarly bleak for those selling other forms of paid-for advertising to websites".
The Active-ad newsletter, published by Van Dusseldorp & Partners, aims to provide an overview of the activities in the field of online advertising with a focus on Europe. It is free via an online registration.
URL: article (registration required) http://www.netimperative.com/media/newsarticle.asp?ArticleID=14372&ChannelID=2&ArticleType=1
URL: OK-Mail http://www.ok-mail.co.uk
URL: Active-ad subscribe http://www.vandusseldorp.com/activead/newsletter.asp
The programme for the DLM-Forum 2002 - "@ccess and preservation of electronic information: best practices and solutions", scheduled for Barcelona on 6-8 May 2002 has been published. Along with keynotes and plenaries, sessions cover:
- The memory of the information age - preservation, migration and long-term availability,
- The use of public information - security, protection and control,
- Content management and delivery - establishing and maintaining archival systems, best practices and easy-to-use-access
- Organising records and archives - metadata, standardisation and Model Requirements (MoReq)
- Improving access to knowledge - training and education for information experts and users
- Capturing and transforming information - automatic indexing technologies and implementing retrieval solutions.
A reduced participation fee for early registration will is available until 15 March 2002. After this date the full registration fee will apply.There are also three workshops being held during the event on:
- The use and implementation of metadata standards
- The use and implications of digital signatures
- The legal admissability of digital storage
The purpose of the Mobile GPS Demonstration Platform (MGDP) project is to demonstrate a proof of concept for the integration of a number of emerging technologies including: Embedded/Realtime Java; Mobile, position-based applications; GPS (Global Position System) technologies; Wireless/Mobile connectivity; Web Services (eg. XML, SOAP, WSDL, JAX-RPC), and server-side J2EE (including EJB and DBMS persistence).
According to information supplied by the project, "the MGDP has been constructed using commonly available, inexpensive hardware and software (including open source software) to illustrate that applications of this nature are very feasible using existing tools and technologies. It is hoped that the MGDP project inspires others to push the threshold of what can be done with position-based computing and the Java platform". This project will be demonstrated at JavaOne 2002 in San Francisco (March 25-29, 2002) on the Systronix stand (in the JavaOne Vendor Pavillion). A detailed white paper (in .pdf format) describing the MGDP project, architecture and technologies is available for download.
According to its developers, the Ipedo XML Database 3.0 provides an XML database with "a fully W3C-compliant XML Query implementation, new XML schema evolution capabilities, XML document versioning, improved SOAP support and further performance and scalability improvements". The database is being promoted to organisations wishing to develop web service applications which utilise XML-based content. The software runs under Windows 2000/NT, Sun Solaris and Red Hat Linux.
The purpose of the Interactive XMF Workgroup (IX WG) workgroup is "to design an interactive audio system that puts creative control in the hands of the author, ensures implementation of the authors intent, works on virtually any platform and is available to everyone". The group is planning to design an interactive (or "adaptive") audio system that utilises the the eXtensible Music Format (XMF) standard. The goal is to define the specification of features and functionality at a relatively high level but with enough detail to submit to the MMA (MIDI Manufacturers Association) and for a developer to actually build it.
As reported on the SIG's web site: "XMF is essentially a sophisticated file format that can contain various types of data and metadata, organised like a container of files, folders and special information. Its that special information part that points the way toward this formats suitability as a vehicle for audio and MIDI assets along with instructions as to their implementation". According to the group the file format is now finished and they are attempting to encourage developers to utilise it. For those El.pub readers that wish to consider the format further, we have listed links to a number of related resources.
URL: Group Report: Towards Interactive XMF http://www.projectbarbq.com/bbq01/bbq01r5.htm
URL: XMF overview on the MMA website http://www.midi.org/xmf
Apache Xindice version 1.0, release candidate 2 is described as a native XML database which has basically one purpose, easy management of large quantities of XML data. It is not intended as a competitor for relational databases and is primarily targeted at new
application development where XML plays a significant role. The server is currently suitable for medium volume XML storage applications. It supports XPath for queries and XML:DB XUpdate for XML updates. An implementation of the XML:DB XML database API is provided for Java developers and access from other languages is enabled through the download of an XML-RPC plugin.
Apache Xindice was formally known as dbXML. The dbXML source code was donated to the Apache Software Foundation in December 2001. The 1.0 release of Xindice represents the conclusion of the work undertaken by the dbXML project and the official commencement of new development on the Xindice code base. Future development will focus on improved performance, ACID properties, better standards support and better integration with other Apache projects.
Full source code is available under the terms of the Apache Software License and downloads are available via the Apache Xindice link below.
URL: Apache Xindice http://xml.apache.org/xindice
URL: news and views on XML databases http://www.xmldatabases.org
URL: XML:DB Initiative http://www.xmldb.org
The Hybrid Library of the Future (HyLiFe) project, which was completed last year, has now released the final version of the HyLiFe toolkit. The project was supported under the UK Government's eLib programme, and the toolkit is the result of three years' collaborative effort and provides detailed information and advice on a wide variety of operational, technical and managerial aspects of hybrid library development. Although HyLiFe is now completed, the project would be interested in any comments on the Toolkit.
URL: toolkit http://hylife.unn.ac.uk/toolkit/
Rogue Wave Software has released Ruple Alpha Version 2, its implementation of XML Spaces. Ruple facilitates secure XML document exchange over the Internet or private networks. According to its developers the software's "key technical attributes include asynchrony, security, flexible document exchange, identity-based addressing and simplicity". New features in this latest release include:
- MIME-based attachments, allowing you to attach binary files to XML documents.
- A server-side download, letting you host your own space instead of using the Rogue Wave forum.
- Comprehensive examples, illustrating the use of Ruple technology in a number of scenarios.
Rogue Wave believe that Ruple technology can be applied to a number of scenarios including "asynchronous web services, secure document exchange, application integration and coordination, occasionally connected devices, and peer-to-peer computing. Ruple is available for free download on the Rogue Wave Technology Access Center.
URL: alpha code for developers http://www.roguewave.com/developer/tac
URL: webcasts http://www.roguewave.com/corp/events/learnonline/
We've received notification that the XML Standards Library has been updated. additions to the latest version include: XML-Signature Syntax and Processing, XML Canonicalization Version 1.0, Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 Events Specification, Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages. The following parts have been updated: XML Inclusions (XInclude) Version 1.0, Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0, RDF Model Theory, Document Object Model (DOM) Level 3 XPath Specification.
The library, downloadable via the URL below, is freely distributable and is governed by the copyright stated in the respective specification documents contained in the compilation.
A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of: "Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory on Learning in Dynamic, On-line Environments", with a submission deadline of Novemeber 15, 2002. The text of the call explains:
"Over the past decade, the commercialisation of the Internet and related communication technologies has dramatically increased the opportunities for dynamic interaction between individuals and organisations. Organisations now have the ability to form and reform alliances with business partners much more rapidly than they have in the past and are generally able to more rapidly reconfigure themselves in response to success and failure in the environment. Similarly, individuals are able to rapidly consume large amounts of information, more easily alter relationships, and learn from their experience. In the past few years, a number of theoretical and empirical observations have been made regarding individual and organisational learning in similar dynamic contexts. However, many issues remain unresolved such as:
- How well theoretical models of learning in dynamic environments correspond to how organisations and individuals actually learn.
- The extent to which organisations and individuals acquire re-usable knowledge in dynamic
contexts and ways to aid that learning.
- The synergy (or lack thereof) between organisational and individual learning in these
Papers are sought that identify factors influencing organisational and individual learning in the types of dynamic environments brought about by the communication revolution of the past ten years.
Email: Editor, Bud Gibson mailto:email@example.com
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS) has announced that as of January 2002, all the research articles previously published in its journals "Simiulation" and "Transactions" will be combined into a single, archival, peer reviewed monthly journal called "Simiulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International".
A call for papers is open for a session entitled: "Business Process Modeling and Integration for Dynamic e-Business" to be held at SCI2002 - 6th Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (Orlando, USA, July 14 -18, 2002). The session focuses on how Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Business Process Integration (BPI) theories, methods and solutions are able to provide the dynamic features required in an e-business environment. The call is open until April 1, 2002 - outline drafts are required by that date.
Windows CE for Automotive 3.5 is now shipping with ScanSoft's speech high-performance, phonetic-based speech recognition engine as the reference implementation. Scansoft believes that the new speech engine, which was demonstrated at the Digital Car Show in Detroit, "... provides software developers the opportunity to create safe and reliable applications for in-car computing solutions." Windows CE for Automotive is aimed at developers wishing to create in-car computing applications.
URL: ScanSoft http://www.scansoft.com
Beginning with the first International WWW Conference in 1994, this prestigious series of the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) provides a refereed forum for WWW research. It also provides a public forum for the WWW Consortium (W3C) through the annual W3C track alongside workshops, tutorials and a developers day. WWW2002, the 11th conference in the series, is scheduled for Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on May 7-11, 2002. As a supporter of these events, we provide a complete outline below. We advise that interested El.pub readers should take the time to (re)visit the conference site, as updates and enhancements to the programme are made frequently.
The Semantic Web, Mobile Search, Web Dynamics, E-Learning - Learning Objects & Standards, Real world RDF and Semantic Web applications, Web Content Accessibility Summit, DNS I18N (IDN) Implementors' Workshop 2002.
Meeting the Challenges of Web Applications Development: The Web Engineering Approach
· Web Service Composition
· Developing Wireless Applications with Java
· Experience Design
· Managing the Growth, Maintainability and Quality of Web
Applications: The Web Engineering Approach
· Service Composition Techniques
· Web Services Security
· Capacity Planning
· XML and Data Management
· Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
· SMIL 2.0
· XTM - XML Topic Maps
The developers day is devoted to the interests of Web developers, offering in-depth discussions of technologies and tools at the forefront of the Web. Tracks include: protocols, the web, and web services; the semantic web; security; device-independent web.
The conference has a formal refereed papers track, as well as several alternate tracks. Papers presented in the alternate tracks are also refereed. Alternate tracks include: W3C Track (prepared by the World Wide Web Consortium), education, global community (includes culture & society and internationalisation), practice and experience, web engineering, telehealth, vendors track.
URL: Event home page http://www2002.org/
The DjVu image compression and web publishing format seems to be increasing the number of institutions using it if the links on the web site are any guide. DjVu (pronounced "déjà vu") is a new image compression technology developed since 1996 at AT&T Labs. DjVu allows the distribution on the Internet of very high resolution images of scanned documents, digital documents, and photographs. DjVu allows content developers to scan high-resolution color pages of books, magazines, catalogs, manuals, newspapers, historical or ancient documents, and make them available on the web. A browser plugin and compression siftware are available via the web site.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and four major law school legal clinics in the US have launched a project and website, "to empower Internet users with detailed information about their legal rights in response to cease-and-desist letters designed to restrict their online activities". The project brings the EFF together with Internet law clinics at Harvard, Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of San Francisco, and is expected to grow to include additional law schools.
Called Chilling Effects in reference to the way legal threats can freeze out free expression, the project invites Internet users to add their cease-and-desist letters to an online clearinghouse at ChillingEffects.org. Students at the participating law school clinics will review the letters and annotate them with links to explain applicable legal rules.
"The Internet makes it easier for individuals to speak to a wide audience, but it also makes it easier for other people and corporations to silence that speech," said Berkman Center Fellow Wendy Seltzer, who conceived the project and programmed the website. "Chilling Effects aims to level the field by helping online speakers to understand their rights in the face of legal threats."
The Chilling Effects project works by publishing cease-and-desist letters received by Internet users and providing detailed information about the relevant legal rules. For example, if an Internet user receives a letter demanding that she remove a synopsis of a "Star Trek" episode from her website, members of the Chilling Effects team would post the letter online, embedding it with links to information about basic copyright protections, the rules governing synopses, and the fair use doctrine.
In addition to publishing cease-and-desist letters, the Chilling Effects team will offer periodic "weather reports" assessing the legal climate for Internet activity. The reports will seek to answer such questions as what types of Internet activity are most vulnerable to the chilling effects of legal threats.
URL: Chilling Effects project http://www.chillingeffects.org/
URL: EFF http://www.eff.org/
URL: Berkman Center for Internet & Society http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
URL: Berkeley law clinic http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/clinical/samuelson.html
URL: Stanford law clinic http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/
URL: San Francisco Uni. law clinic http://www.usfca.edu/law/html/iipjp.html
Information and library professionals involved with collection development are increasingly having to confront the challenge of how to make informed decisions in the face of the bewildering array of electronic resources available. The new book, "Building an electronic resource collection: a practical guide" by Stuart D. Lee, attempts to guide the information professional step-by-step through building and managing an electronic resource collection. It outlines the range of electronic products currently available in abstracting and indexing, bibliographic, and other services, such as OCLC products, Web of Science, e-journals and describes how to effectively select, evaluate and purchase them. Issues covered include:
- What is a dataset? Why buy one?
- Formulating an electronic collection development policy
- What is on offer? The electronic resources landscape
- E-journals and e-books
- What should one buy? Assessing and acquiring the dataset
- How does one deliver the dataset? Networking, user interfaces, usage statistics.
Published in February, the book's author, Dr Stuart Lee, is Head of the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services, where he has undertaken many digitisation projects, including the Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive. His department wrote and updated the Educational Publishing secetion on El.pub - which provides annotated references to ways of creating or using multimedia to present information for educational purposes, focusing on the principles underlying the representation of the content.
URL: further information http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk
URL: Education Publishing on El.pub http://www.elpub.org/top010.htm
The IBM developerWorks Newsletter Technology Edition, which provides resources for developers, includes a number of articles and resources which may be of interest to El.pub readers including:
- "Using XML in iTV development" - the dream of using your remote control to interact with television broadcast shows has finally become a reality, thanks to interactive television (iTV). Find out about the opportunities and challenges of using XML to create applications for the set top box platforms for interactive television.
- details of a free web services and XML CD which includes: the latest articles from the developerWorks web services and XML zones; white papers on web services; tutorials on DOM, XSL and web services; IBMpalphaWorks technologies like XML Registry, XML for C++, and XML Parser for Java; Web Services ToolKit 3.0.1; WebSphere Studio Application Developer beta (registration required).
URL: IBM developerWorks Newsletter http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/?n-2282
URL: Web Reference newsletter http://www.webreference.com/new/
XML.com has published a
"special issue" which focuses on Scalable Vector Graphics, with articles from
three leading SVG writers:
The European Commission has announced the latest e-Culture Newsletter is available. Featured items include an update on digitisation cooperation in Europe; news of the eEurope action plan's extension to 2005, project reports, and details of upcoming events. Of particular interest to El.pub readers may be an article on the DigiCULT study report ("Technological Landscapes for Tomorrow's Cultural Economy") - a roadmap for cultural heritage decision makers on digital issues, which we reported on in last week's news.
URL: e-Culture Newsletter http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ka3/digicult/en/newsletter.html
URL: DigiCULT study report http://www.elpub.org/base02t0055.htm#tce
URL: DigiCULT study report http://www.salzburgresearch.at/fbi/digicult/
Adobe Xchange, launched by Adobe Systems, is a web site which aims to act as the focal point for "assisting users and developers of Adobe products".
URL: Adobe Xchange http://xchange.studio.adobe.com/Default.asp
URL: press release http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200202/200202xchange.html
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