topical media & game development

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application development

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learning objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to discuss the multimedia development process, to indicate the need for information system support in the cultural heritage domain, to characterize the notion of digital dossier, to provide solutions for navigating complex information spaces, and to discuss the data representation issues involved.

As you gather from reading this book, the field of multimedia is widely divergent. However, when you develop a multimedia application, you will find that all topics treated so far will become relevant. There will be a need to mix multiple media formats. You will have to find suitable codecs for your video. You will be asked whether search is possible. And, not the least important, you will have to balance navigation and presentation.

This chapter is based on the work we, that is my students, have been doing in the domain of cultural heritage. In the first section, we will introduce the notion of digital dossier and outline our general approach. We will then in section 2 look at some examples, and describe how we deploy concept graphs as a universal navigation tool for complex information spaces. Finally, in section 3, we will explore the options for presenting multimedia material and discuss the design issues as well as the technical issues that have arisen in the course of our work.






10. application development



projects & further reading

As a project, develop a data format for text, images and video in XML, and implement stylesheets in XSLT to convert the format for display, for example in HTML frames or using SMIL.

You may further explore the formulation of criteria for selecting software and tool support for developing multimedia applications.

For further reading I suggest, apart from the manuals and learning materials that come with your tools, to study example projects and in particular the workflow, that is the dependencies between stages in the production, as for example explained in  [McCuskey (2002)].

the artwork

  1. website of Montevideo Collection Catalogue. To avoid being parochial here, I should also mention similar institutes abroad, such as Electronic Arts Intermix from New York, USA, and LUX, from London, UK.
  2. website of INCCA.
  3. tangible virtual museum -- from  [Rosenblum and Macedonia (2005)], see section 10.1.
  4. digital dossier -- concept graph for abramovic dossier, see section 10.2.
  5. digital dossier -- presentation gadget in abramovic dossier, with video of Relation in Time, with Ulay.
  6. digital dossier -- installation Terra dea degli madre, as 3D model.
  7. conservator's studio -- Self-Portrait with Braid, see section 10.2
  8. diagram -- task world ontology,  [Welie et al. (1998)].
  9. tower of babel -- location where the event took place, see below.
  10. tower of babel -- projection of tower of babel project, see section 10.3, submitted by Katelijne Arts. The project is a concept of Katelijne Arts, Tineke Goemans, Franka van de Goor, Leidi Haaijer en Bert Vogels.
  11. tower of babel -- a view from the inside of the building.
  12. PANORAMA architecture -- from  [Si & Eliens (2007)].
  13. signs -- sports,  [ van Rooijen (2003)], p. 278, 279.
The artwork for this chapter is selected to emphasize variety and experiment. The collection of Montevideo contains a great number of works from the early history of video art, including the works of Nam June Paik and Bill Viola. Yet, despite the experimental flavor of these works, contemporary media art shows a strong sense of context, experience and communication, as demonstrated for example in the tower of babel project. The issues of preservation we dealt with in this chapter, may now, to conclude this chapter, be summarized as: how do we preserve the context of experience of contemporary media art?

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