Digital Convergence: The Information Revolution

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Although the computer's life has been relatively short, it has brought about an information revolution that is transforming our world on a scale that is still difficult to comprehend. This digital convergence is shaping society, technology and the media for the next millennium. Areas as diverse as home banking and shopping over the Internet; WWW access over mobile phone networks; and television systems such as Web TV which combine on-line services with television. But convergence is not just about technology. It ...

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Overview

Although the computer's life has been relatively short, it has brought about an information revolution that is transforming our world on a scale that is still difficult to comprehend. This digital convergence is shaping society, technology and the media for the next millennium. Areas as diverse as home banking and shopping over the Internet; WWW access over mobile phone networks; and television systems such as Web TV which combine on-line services with television. But convergence is not just about technology. It is also about services and new ways of doing business and of interacting with society. Digital convergence heralds the 'Information Revolution'. Edited by John Vince and Rae Earnshaw this important new book on Digital Convergence: The Information Revolution is an edited volume of papers, bringing together state-of-the-art developments in the Internet and World Wide Web and should be compulsory reading for all those interested in and working in those areas.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781852331405
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 351

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Introduction
1 Broadband Internet: Future Applications and Challenges 3
2 The Future of Content: Towards a 5th Framework Programme in Multimedia Content & Tools 13
2 Cultural Issues
3 Digital Convergence at the User Interface 29
4 Cultural Objects in Digital Convergence 47
5 The Role of 3D Shared Worlds in Support of Chance Encounters in CSCW 56
6 Agent-Based Facial Animation 73
7 The Use of Dynamic Behaviors in a Network-Based Animation System 89
8 Virtual Rehearsal Over Networks 101
9 WWW Television News in Context: Organizational Practices and Media Products 116
10 Live Internet Broadcasting: Some Unique Experiences 132
11 Jogging the Memory: Dynamic Visualization Over the Web 144
12 "Thin" vs. "Fat" Visualization Clients 159
13 How to Build a Pan-European Multilingual Information Distribution System 174
3 Technological Issues
14 A Distributed Object-Based Architecture for Remote Rendering on the WWW 189
15 Multi-User Visualization: a CORBA/Web-Based Approach 206
16 Scene Capture and Modeling for Three-Dimensional Interactive Stereo Television Broadcasting 220
17 Semi-Automated Construction of Virtual Scenes from Cinematographic Data 254
18 Video Search and Retrieval: Current Practice and Future Evolution 276
19 Video Compression in MPEG-4 291
20 Implications of Television Over the Internet 313
21 The Implementation of PANIVE: a PC-Based Architecture for Networked Interactive Virtual Environments 327
22 Applications for 3-, 4- and 5-Sided CAVES 341
Author Index 351
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