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TELEPUBLISHING

Objective

This project will bring the European printing and publishing industry up to the current state-of-the-art level in computer hardware, software and communication technologies. This application is designed to demonstrate a future working scenario in a broadband environment, to allow easy and time-saving interaction between distributed locations of the printing and publishing industry.
This project aims to bring the European printing and publishing industry up to the current state of the art level in computer hardware, software and communication technologies. This application is designed to demostrate a future working scenario in a broadband environment, to allow easy and time saving interaction between distributed locations of the printing and publishing industry.

The production of newspapers, magazines, catalogues, books, etc with different print qualities in black and white, grey scale and/or colour is done today by many different digital systems which are characterised, from the communication point of view, by a high degree of incompatibility.

Broadband networks such as integrated broadband communications network (IBCN) for the Forerunner Broadband Network (VBN) are efficient enough to support the publishing industry in the required way. The amount of data exchanged between distributed locations ranges from some megabytes (single colour picture) to several gigabytes (digital page A3 in colour for direct computer to plate production).

Achievements of the project were:
evaluation and test of existing available standards;
evaluation of image compression mechanisms;
definition, specification and implemetation of the application pilots, including 2 telepublishing workstations;
construction of a prototype of an image archive system;
realisation of different publishing tools;
realisation of distributed demonstrators for both application pilots.
Technical Approach

The production of newspapers, magazines, catalogues, books etc with different print qualities in black and white, grey scale and/or colour is done today by many different digital systems which are characterised, from the communication point of view, by a high degree of incompatibility. The standardisation of document edition systems (ODA/SGML) and the exchange of documents (ODIF), the open interconnection and exchange of data between heterogeneous systems must be set up. The standardisation of specific requirements of the publishing industry must also be investigated to support world-wide OSI standards.

Broadband networks such as IBCN or the Forerunner Broadband Network (VBN) in Germany are efficient enough to support the publishing industry in the required way. The amount of data exchanged between distributed locations ranges from some megabytes (single colour picture) to several gigabytes (digital page A3 in colour for direct computer-to-plate production). The transfer time of this bulk of data must be less than one minute. On the other hand, newspaper production must be allowed at distributed locations up to the last minute. During the design and conception phase of documents, much time is necessary for cooperation and interchange between different locations.

The applications should realise the functions to allow the general integrated processing of multimedia documents from design, lay-out, text production and image archiving down to printing and production and to demonstrate the interaction of different heterogeneous systems in a broadband telecommunications environment.

Key Issues
. Two application pilots selected covering an individualised electronic newspaper, and catalogue design, printing and publishing.
. File transfer, remote job entry for megabyte bulk data.
. Joint editing functionality for previewing of Images.
. Cooperative layout justification and proof reading.
. Dedicated and 'easy to learn' man-machine interface.

Achievements
. Evaluation and test of existing available standards.
. Evaluation of image compression mechanisms.
. Definition, specification and implementation of the application pilots, including two TELEPUBLISHING workstations
. Prototype of an image archive system.
. Realisation of different publishing tools: Versioning, Comment Editor, MMI, ...
. Realisation of distributed demonstrators for both application pilots

Expected Impact
This application should lead to a distributed publishing environment of European scale for catalogue production and individualised electronic newspaper.

Coordinator

Detecon Gmbh
Address
Volta Strasse 5 House 10 - 3Rd Fl
1000 Berlin 65
Germany

Participants (15)

01-PLIROFORIKI
Greece
CPS GmbH
Germany
Cornelsen Verlag GmbH & Co
Germany
Address
Mecklenburgische Straße 53
14197 Berlin
ELSYP
Greece
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung eV (FhG)
Germany
Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH
Germany
Address
Schloß Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin
NTE NeuTech Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Germany
Address
Dachauer Straße 44
80335 München
OTTO VERSAND
Germany
Address
Wandsbeker Strasse 3-7
22172 Hamburg
Offset Repro Technik
Germany
PIRA International
United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RU Leatherhead
PRENSA Espanola
Spain
SIETEC OHG
Germany
SOGITEC
France
STAT S.A.
Greece
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Marchstraße 12-14
10587 Berlin