1st Edition

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

By Harald Kosch Copyright 2003
    274 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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


    Kosch\, Harald

    “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