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CD-ROM Workbench

Objective

The CDR project aimed to develop an advanced and flexible workbench for fast and cheap development of a range of CD-ROM applications, meeting the need for information banks and databases to be used as an integrated part of the professional workstations of the 1990s.
The project aimed to develop an advanced and flexible workbench for fast and cheap development of a range of compact disc read only memory (CD-ROM) applications to be used as an integrated part of the professional workstations of the 1990s.

The workbench was designed with an open architecture with clearly separated layers and modules to allow for future extensions. It was based on a number of international and industry standards to ensure the broadest range of applications, and met the need for an open extendible software based workbench that would provide an integrated set of tools covering the main activities in the CD-ROM production process. The project encompassed the development of 1 or 2 real life applications to test the viability of the results and to demonstrate how CD-ROM could be used in the future.

The main objectives of the project were to:
provide the partners with an integrated workbench covering the entire production process for multimedia CD-ROM titles;
provide publishers who have little computer experience with the opportunity to get involved in CD-ROM publishing by means of the highly interactive easy to use workbench;
make a significant contribution to the European information industry by preventing similar non-European products drawing away a significant amount of royalties.

The project resulted in a set of tools that together form the CD-ROM workbench. The workbench includes modules for data transformation, text indexing and retrieval, hyperindex libraries, storyboard editor, data preparation and simulation, and database viewer for Windows. Most of the modules exist both for the Unix and disc operating system (DOS) world. The modular setup allowed for further developments in line with the growing demands of the markets and to conform with the evolving standards in the market.
Optical devices for data storage are an extremely promising information technology, allowing editors and publishers to store and distribute very large databases (information banks) in a very cost-effective way (editors are here defined as those who know how to present information to end-users). Providing information implies using multimedia information such as text, graphics, audio and video, coupled with easy-to-use advanced interactive retrieval systems.

The fast-emerging need for new types of application software that allow the seamless integration of information and standard applications can hardly be met by the software industry. The lack of suitable development environments and efficient tools for read-only media is seen as one of the main obstacles. Though the technology is available, editors and the software developers are in urgent need of an integrated workbench (a development environment of tools and methodologies based on commonly used standards) which would allow them to use optical media in a cost- and functionality-competitive way.

The workbench was to be designed with an open architecture with clearly separated layers and modules to allow for future extensions. It was to be based on a number of international and industry standards to ensure the broadest range of applications, and was to meet the need for an open extendible software-based workbench that would provide an integrated set of tools covering the main activities in the CD-ROM production process.

The project was to encompass the development of one or two real-life applications to test the viability of the results and to demonstrate how CD-ROM could be used in the future. The main objectives of the project were to:

- provide the partners with an integrated workbench covering the entire production process for multimedia CD-ROM titles
- provide publishers who have little computer experience with the opportunity to get involved in CD-ROM publishing by means of the highly interactive easy-to-use workbench
- make a significant contribution to the European information industry by preventing similar non-European products drawing away a significant amount of royalties (this will result in a very short return-on-investment time for the project).

Coordinator

ELEKTROSON
Address
Velderseweg, 25
5298 LE Le Liempde
Netherlands

Participants (4)

Act Informatique
France
Address
12 Rue De La Montagne Sainte-geneviève
75005 Paris
Clarinet Systems
United Kingdom
Address
London Road Blackwater
GU17 9AD Camberley
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN
Netherlands
Address
Toernooiveld, 1
6525 ED Nijmegen
TEXTWARE
Denmark
Address
Asen 19
2880 Bagsvard