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TISSUS: on-line textile images

Inspirational as well as practical, TISSUS provides an on-line bank for textile images and patterns by merging existing databases. This merger allows TISSUS to offer services not available with traditional image banks. TISSUS's contents include historical images, as well as new ones created by young designers looking to promote their work through telematic presentations.

TISSUS manages existing databases stored on a UNIX or NT computer. The system uses a service for information retrieval, as well as for image processing, ordering and/or reserving access to high-quality images. It is largely the result of integrating existing technologies to create a new kind of service rather than new technical research. Several standard database technologies are used, namely AIRS, CITED and SYBASE. The pilot programme currently underway has set up image bank sites in France (Paris & Lyon), Greece and Italy. These four sites hosting TISSUS are exploiting the service independently within the textile industry and libraries. In addition to the textile industry, TISSUS has potential for use in any industry to illustrate two-dimensional raw material and provide better contact with customers.

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