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Interactive Electronic Publishing in FP6
CoCreate software enhancements
Libraries without walls
Information policy and the EU
New Renardus service launched
Mobility - implications for web design
TV production online course
FP6 infrastructures paper
FP6 - cooperation proposed by EC
E-business security call
Impact of eEurope Standardisation call
Finding project partners for FP6
Financing R&D in Spain
Technology implementation plans
GameCube online game support
Xbox Live, online gaming
More wireless games released
Flash for digital TV
Adobe Premiere and MPEG output
Mobile games in colour
Web services protection software
Palm eBook Studio
802.11 Wireless Networks security
Trading IPR, online

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

CoCreate software enhancements

CoCreate Software, a developer of "collaborative product development solutions", has announced three new additions to it's OneSpace Designer Drafting 2002+, all designed to increase collaboration during the product development process:

• Personal Collaboration extends the collaboration tools to a drafting user's environment by providing CoCreate users with the ability to "easily share 2D drawing data and collaborate in real-time with their extended design teams, including suppliers, customers, and other departments within the company".
• Drawing Manager adds drawing management tools to a user's environment, enabling them to manage their own drawing data, versions, and revisions.
• BOM Manager adds Bill of Material Management capabilities to both Drawing Manager and Project Data Manager.

URL: CoCreate http://www.cocreate.com/

Libraries without walls

Readers of El.pub may be interested in the publication of "Libraries Without Walls 4 - The delivery of library services to distant users" from Facet Publishing.

URL: book orders http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk

Information policy and the EU

BOBCATSSS stands for an annual symposium founded by nine European universities in 1993. Every year students of two European universities active in the field of Library and Information Education and Research, organise the event under the umbrella of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research).

The symposium is targeted at information specialists from both industry and academe. The 2003 event, scheduled to take place on February 3-5, 2003 in Torun, Poland is being organised by students of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the Copernicus University of Torun. The main topic of the BOBCATSSS 2003 symposium will be: "Information Policy and the European Union". Further information via the vent web site below.

URL: http://www.bobcatsss.com/

New Renardus service launched

The EU-funded Renardus project aimed to build an academic subject gateway service in Europe, with a single web interface for cross-searching and cross-browsing records from existing European subject gateways. The Renardus partners have announced that the operational service was launched in early April 2002, and is available via the link below. The service features an "About Us" section, where you can find information about all participating gateways, send feedback via a contacts form and access the project archive, which contains most of the information that used to be available from the project web site. There are also links to project deliverables, the reports detailing project research and development over the past 2 years.

The project also undertook an evaluation programme for the pilot service. A comprehensive analysis of the user evaluation exercise carried out in workshops and by individual evaluators in the Autumn 2001 has also been published. You can read the findings of the evaluation exercise in the full public report (deliverable D5.2 - January 2002). A Digest Summary with a brief review is also available.

URL: Renardus home page http://www.renardus.org/
URL: "About Us" section http://www.renardus.org/about_us/
URL: deliverable D5.2 http://www.renardus.org/about_us/project_deliverables.html
URL: digest summary http://www.renardus.org/about_us/deliverables/d5_2/D5_2summ.html

Mobility - implications for web design

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for May 26, 2002, available online considers how web site service design should take account of the mobility of the user. In his experience, it seems, many web-based systems make the assumption that users remain bound to a single computer when, in reality, "about half of the users now access the Internet from more than one location".

URL: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020526.html

TV production online course

CyberCollege's Cybertext in Studio and Field Production is a comprehensive course on TV production. The course is broken up into 70 lessons, each concentrating on different stages in the production process. The course is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and includes a full multimedia mix including text, audio, and video components. The lesson modules can be accessed in any order and for any length of time enabling students to work at their pace. Find out more online.

URL: http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp_ind.htm

FP6 infrastructures paper

CORDIS Focus reports that the European Commission has published a working document outlining the proposals for supporting research infrastructures in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). Related to support for the European Research Area (ERA) the paper attempts to outline an infrastructure that will provide the necessary facilities and resources to the research communities in both academic and industrial domains. The working document (in PDF) entitled: "Support for Research Infrastructures in the FP6 Specific Programme on Structuring the European Research Area" is available online and the Commission is requesting comments from interested parties.

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/pdf/fp6-infrastructures-final.pdf

FP6 - cooperation proposed by EC

The European Commission's Research DG is seeking feedback on its "ERA-NET" proposals for supporting cooperation and coordination under FP6. A working document is available (via the link below) which outlines the objectives of "ERA-NETs" which the Commission hopes will provide a focus for related research activities across the EU. It is expected that they will be implemented as "coordination actions" and financed under the specific programme: "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area" (see item above) of FP6.

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/pdf/era-net-7-5-02.pdf

E-business security call

The European Commission's Enterprise DG has issued a call for tenders for a contract to aid the Commission in benchmarking national policies in support of e-business. Following initial research a report will be required which analyses the current state of the art in security-related policies. Recommendations will be required, particularly for e-business security-related policies that support SMEs.

The estimated budget for the contact is 125,000 Euro with deadlines for requesting documents (27/06/2002) and submitting proposals (04/07/2002).

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/calls/calls.html

Impact of eEurope Standardisation call

The European Commission's Enterprise DG has issued a call for tenders for a study entitled: "Assessment of the Impact of the eEurope Standardisation Action Plan". The purpose is to assist the Commission in assessing the impact of the eEurope standardisation work, its structures, methodologies and achievements against defined benchmark criteria. The report published will be used by the Commission to re-design the mechanisms that it uses to support the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) standardisation process. The deadlines are: for requesting documents (06/06/2002) and submitting tender documents (13/07/2002).

URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/calls/calls.html

Finding project partners for FP6 proposals

CORDIS, the European Commission's R&D information service has updated its online partners service in preparation for the Sixth Framework Programme. The service profiles more that 5,700 companies, research institutions and universities across Europe to help potential project proposers in partner identification and consortium building activities.

URL: http://www.cordis.lu/partners-service

Financing R&D in Spain

Spain's Centre for Industrial and Technological Development (CDTI) helps Spanish companies to develop and transfer new technologies by evaluation and financing R&D projects. The CDTI also offers organisations involved in technological R&D practical help in finding suitable research partners, obtaining intellectual property protection and guidance on financing options.

URL: http://www.cdti.es/

Technology implementation plans

Assessments of the EU research Framework Programmes have often identified the commercialistion of results and the rapid spread of new knowledge as areas for improvement. The technology implementation plans (TIPs) produced by all FP5 research projects are designed to address this shortcoming by stimulating the exploitation of research as marketable goods and services.

The Commission's Enterprise DG, in an effort to improve the situation further, has developed its eTIP electronic format. This online tool has been designed to streamline the TIPs creation and submission procedure and at the same time reduce delays in making the information more widely available. For further information see the eTIP section on the CORDIS web site.

URL: http://etip.cordis.lu/

GameCube online game support

Online gaming company, GameSpy Industries plans to support the Nintendo GameCube online gaming initiative. The company, which has become an authorized Nintendo tools provider, will port its middleware and back-end services developer suites for the Nintendo GameCube, for shipment to developers in early July.

GameSpy's tools promise to provide GameCube developers with the ability to add the following functionality to their games: in-game player matchmaking; text chat, instant messaging, and "buddy lists"; online competitions and high score ladders; online data storage (for virtual memory card applications); usage and game statistics reporting and analysis; data transfer to and from the Internet.

URL: GameSpy developers http://www.gamespy.net/
URL: GameSpy http://www.gamespyindustries.com/

Xbox Live, online gaming

Microsoft announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the US that it plans to launch it's broadband online games service, Xbox Live in the Autumn. The full service should be launched concurrently in North America, Japan and Europe, with consumer beta programs starting this summer. Outlining the service, Microsoft claim that "Xbox Live will enable all gamers to find their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online".

A number of games developers have announced that they will have online versions of their games ready for the launch later this year. Microsoft is also building four datacentres, two in the US, and one each in Tokyo and London in order to run a scalable, secure and gamer-friendly service. Xbox also plans to "assist publishers by managing the hosting, networking, security and billing so that game creators can focus on creating awesome game content".

URL: Xbox http://www.xbox.com/
URL: Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/
URL: Electronic Entertainment Expo http://www.e3expo.com/

More wireless games released

GameWorld Technologies, creators of PureVis, a visual development environment for networked applications for Java enabled systems and devices has announced that Mforma Corporation, an open application development platform provider for the wireless market, will distribute titles from its wireless games catalogue to Mforma's mobile operator constituency. Mforma's Mserver platform enables content partners and carriers to distribute, manage and provision applications on wireless networks.

URL: GameWorld Technologies http://www.gameworld.com/
URL: PureVis http://www.purevis.com/
URL: Mforma http://www.mforma.com/

Flash for digital TV

ANT Limited, a UK-based provider of communications software and services for TV and consumer electronics, has integrated the Macromedia Flash Player with its ANT Fresco browser. This plug-in application will enable the viewing of Flash content and applications on any ANT-enabled device such as a set top box delivering interactive games or visually-rich electronic programming guides, navigation menus, or other user interfaces to the television.

ANT hope that integrating the Flash Player directly within its software architecture will simplify the process of porting Macromedia Flash Player onto a new product, reducing OEM development times and costs. In addition, the player may lead to the Flash developer community creating interactive content and applications for delivery to TV appliances. ANT Fresco is described as "a reliable, platform-independent browser, specifically designed for digital TV and other consumer electronics appliances".

URL: Macromedia http://www.macromedia.com/
URL: ANT http://www.antlimited.com/

Adobe Premiere and MPEG output

Ligos Corporation has updated its LSX-MPEG line of encoding applications. LSX-MPEG 2.0 for Adobe Premiere is a plug-in that gives users the ability to output MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams directly from Adobe Premiere. The latest software is designed specifically for professionals who require MPEG-2 encoding for DVD-Video, HD, and other post-production applications.

URL: Ligos http://www.ligos.com/

Mobile games in colour

Motorola and Gameloft (a publisher of video games for mobile devices) have signed a distribution agreement to make Gameloft's mobile gaming titles available for users of Java technology-enabled phones from Motorola. Some of the games, available later in 2002, will be available for the latest Motorola i95cl colour-display handset.

URL: Motorola iDEN developer support http://www.motorola.com/idendev
URL: Motorola and iDEN http://www.motorola.com/iden
URL: Gameloft http://www.gameloft.com/

Web services protection software

KaVaDo has released InterDo Version 2.5, software which it describes as a "web application protection solution", and available in business and enterprise versions. The software includes a "vulnerability scanner", which apparently "scans applications, mimicking advanced hacker techniques, to determine areas that may be exposed to attack". More information on the company and product via the URL below.

URL: http://www.kavado.com/

Palm eBook Studio

Palm Digital Media has released its Palm eBook Studio authoring tool and licensing options, which allow individuals, businesses, publishing companies and online retailers to create, distribute and sell Palm Reader eBooks. The authoring tool enables users either create eBooks from scratch, or cut and paste information from existing documents, such as Microsoft Word or any application that supports Rich Text Format, into the Palm eBook Studio. It is available for Windows and Macintosh computers and supports the use of graphics and images. In addition, the application offers a choice of font styles, type sizes and formatting options for customizing eBooks.

Once the Palm Reader eBook is created on the desktop, a touch of a button saves it to a file ready to synchronise with either a Palm Powered handheld or Pocket PC device. Palm eBook Studio is available for purchase and download at a special introductory price of US$ 29.95 until August 19, 2002 and at US$ 39.95 after that.

URL: PalmSource http://www.palmsource.com/
URL: Palm eBook Studio download http://www.palmdigitalmedia.com/
URL: Palm http://www.palm.com/

802.11 Wireless Networks security

In an article, available online, Matthew Gast, author of O'Reilly's "802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide", outlines the seven biggest risks associated with of wireless networks, and explains what to do about them.

URL: http://oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2002/05/24/wlan.html

Trading IPR, online

NewIdeaTrade.com, described as "an online trading community, providing a forum for buying and selling new ideas, inventions, patents, copyrighted works, trademarks, and other intellectual property", has been developed by US-based Global Commerce & Communication (GCC). NewIdeaTrade.com members post intellectual property for sale including inventions, trademarks, and patents. Members may also post copyrighted works for sale or license, including literary, musical, artistic, photographic, and audiovisual works, and software. In addition to connecting sellers and buyers of intellectual property, NewIdeaTrade.com supports a professional directory and resource centre for its members.

URL: http://www.newideatrade.com


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