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An authoring environment for adaptive multimedia documents

Objective

The purpose of the project is to define and implement a support tool for multimedia authoring and presentation in the context of professional publishing, cultural heritage, tourism and computer-based training. The prime objectives are to define and implement an industrial prototype of a multimedia authoring tool which provides support for the production of durable multimedia documents and which supports the notions of detail-based, content-based, quality-based, resource-based and format-based projections of a single meta-document.

The tool will be a development of an existing research prototype which will be ported to a mass market operating system environment and which will be expanded to meet the needs of the target industries. Some of the additional functions to be developed were identified before the start of the project and others will be defined during the course of the project. This will be done in two ways: through a series of trials by users who will be selected to be representative of the target markets, and through market watch activities. The existing research prototype will form the basis for developing the additional functionality which is aimed for and then the functions will be ported to the industrial prototype.

The major result of the project is intended to be the industrial prototype. This will be a prototype of an authoring and presentation tool which allows hypermedia documents to be created by content owners and presented on low-cost end-user platforms. This end-product will allow scaleable, network-based access to multimedia data on a variety of end-user platforms. This end-product will be exploited directly and in conjunction with consultancy services based on the know-how gained during the project.

Secondary results of the project are planned to be the information systems applications and products developed during the user trials. These will be exploited directly by the users involved. Further exploitation, particularly in the publishing and kiosk areas, is anticipated to arise from post-project use of the enhanced tool to create further information systems applications and products.

A further result of the project is expected to be an enhanced version of the original research prototype which will be of value in the research activities at CWI and RAL which will continue after the end of the project.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FT Healthcare and Cartermill International Ltd
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Technology Centre North Haugh
KY16 9EA St Andrews
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Communicacion Interactiva Sl
Spain
Address
Cadarso 11
28008 Madrid
Cycnos Systemes Ouverts
France
Address
Avenue Jules Quentin 101-111
92000 Nanterre
Epsilon Software S.A.
Greece
Address
Syngrou Avenue 377
17564 Pal. Faliro
Stichting Mathematisch Centrum
Netherlands
Address
Kruislaan 413
1098 SJ Amsterdam