+ compact, quick overview, few irrelevant details
+ exam can be learned by clicking on questions in checklist
- somewhat abstract, guidance or reference lookup is needed
+ concise, well-structured overview, in presentation-ready form
+ provides full course, and skeleton practical assigment
+ skeleton exams, with backlinks for review
+ additional references to other material
- unusual style of formatting and presentation
+ quick overview + (online) references
+ material for making presentations
- rather concise (slightly academic) style
+ easy to read overview
- reference to (too) many fields of knowledge
What does the book offer? As remarked before the themes of the
book may be summarized as:
multimedia information retrieval
The material is divided over 7 chapters, including a preface,
afterthoughts and some appendices:
1. digital convergence
2. information (hyper) spaces
3. codecs and standards
4. information retrieval
5. content annotation
6. information system architecture
7. virtual environments
The book collects material from a variety of sources.
The authors own research is only discussed in chapter 7,
and some parts of chapter 6.
Also included are a number of research directions sections,
these provide suggestions for projects and future research.
The suggested lectures do not all follow the linear
structure of the text, but may take parts at will.
For example, with an eye on the practical assignments,
section 2.3 will usually be dealt with before
discussing chapters 1 or 2 in any detail.
In summary: The book offers a concise (max 100 pages)
introduction to multimedia, a field that is gaining
academic interest rapidly. It fills a gap in the existing
literature, by giving a broad overview and references to
research and development in the areas of interest.
It provides online material (also on CDROM) to assist the instructor
in presenting the course and allowing students to explore
It has a distinct style, that meets academic standards.
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Multimedia -- Making It Work, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1998 4th edn
- B. Hughes,
Dust or Magic -- Secrets of Successful Multimedia Design, Addison-Wesley, 2000
- V.S. Subrahmanian ,
Principles of Multimedia Databases, Morgan Kaufmann, 1998
- F. Fluckiger,
Understanding networked multimedia -- applications and technology, Prentice Hall, 1995
- W. Grosky, R. Jain, R. Mehrotra (eds),
The Handbook of Multimedia Information Management, Prentice Hall, 1997
- A.M. Spalter,
The Computer in the Visual Arts, Addison-Wesley, 1999
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