1st Edition

Distributed Multimedia Database Technologies Supported by MPEG-7 and MPEG-21

ISBN 9780849318542
Published November 24, 2003 by CRC Press
280 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A multimedia system needs a mechanism to communicate with its environment, the Internet, clients, and applications. MPEG-7 provides a standard metadata format for global communication, but lacks the framework to let the various players in a system interact. MPEG-21 closes this gap by establishing an infrastructure for a distributed multimedia framework, allowing for the creation, modification, viewing, and communication of digital items among all participants within an MPEG-21 agreement.

Now you have a guide that examines the structure and potential usage of these emerging standards. Distributed Multimedia Database Technologies Supported by MPEG-7 and MPEG-21 describesthe technologies, concepts, and tools of distributed, content-based multimedia systems. It focuses on the practical uses of the technologies of MPEG and SQL/MM in these components, and on the interoperability among them (for data exchange, transactions, interaction, etc.). This book demonstrates an open distributed multimedia framework that enables these components to cooperate in a working environment, delivering rich multimedia access in an increasingly mobile world.

About the Author

Harald Kosch is an associate professor at the University of Klagenfurt. His domains of interest are distributed multimedia systems, multimedia databases, middleware, and Internet applications. He started research at the École Normale Supèrieure in 1993 during postgraduate study and entered the Ph.D. program in 1994, obtaining his Ph.D. degree in June 1997. He actively participates in the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-7 and MPEG-21 standardization and is involved in several international research projects in the domain of distributed multimedia systems.

Table of Contents

15 Introduction
Multimedia Content: Context
Multimedia Systems and Databases
(Multi)Media Data and Multimedia Metadata
Purpose and Organization of the Book
MPEG-7: The Multimedia Content Description Standard
MPEG-7 and Multimedia Database Systems
Principles for Creating MPEG-7 Documents
MPEG-7 Description Definition Language
Step-by-Step Approach for Creating an MPEG-7
Extending the Description Schema of MPEG-7
Encoding and Decoding of MPEG-7 Documents
for Delivery—Binary Format for MPEG-7
Audio Part of MPEG-7
MPEG-7 Supporting Tools and Reference Software
MPEG-21: The Multimedia Framework Standard
MPEG-21 Concepts and Structure
Digital Item Declaration
Intellectual Property Management and Protection,
Rights Expression Language, and Rights and Data
Digital Item Adaptation
Interoperable MPEG: From MPEG-1 to MPEG-21
Ongoing MPEG-21 Research Projects
Multimedia Database Management Systems
Multimedia Indexing
Multimedia Index Structures
Multimedia Data Models: Implementation and
Content-Based Retrieval
Multimedia Query Languages, Optimization, and Processing
Multimedia Database Management System Products
Distributed Multimedia Database Systems
Architectural Considerations
Video Servers and Streaming
Multimedia Communication
Client-Design Issues
Content Adaptation
Concluding Remarks
Summary of the Book
Semantics in Multimedia Databases
Multimedia Middleware
Appendix A Abbreviations and Acronyms

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“This book is a concise but informative work that approaches the multi-faceted subject of distributed multimedia database management from an authoritative and knowledgeable perspective. …This book is invaluable to anyone trying to understand how these technologies come together to deliver quality multimedia access to smart space environments. …it is a must read guide on how to design and implement distributed MPEG-7/MPEG-21-compliant MMDBMS for the future.”
—Minaz Parmar, The Computer Journal, Vol. 48, No. 5, 2005