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Multimedia methodology in libraries

A project has been set up to develop an enhanced library service based on a compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM) product, which can be integrated in the library environment, fulfilling library users' needs. The multimedia CD-ROM product has profiled 45 European authors from Denmark, Ireland and Portugal, presenting them through text (bibliographies, biographies, interviews, extracts and articles), sound, photos and video. The project has documented the development of tools and methods applied in the production of the product in relation to principles and collection of source material, storyboarding, structuring and design manual and on the markup of library materials.
The project has implemented Standard Generalized Markup Language ISO-8879 (SGML) to ensure longevity of character based library material through encoding and allowing different forms of rendition, and also for encoding information for interchange by implementing an editor for hypertext and synchronization markup, applying the HyTime standard. The project has audited the market for multimedia products in libraries.

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Dansk BiblioteksCenter A/S
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