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

1st Edition

By Harald Kosch

CRC Press

280 pages | 69 B/W Illus.

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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.


“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

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


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Database Management / General
COMPUTERS / Computer Engineering