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Join us for the 9th Annual SURA/ViDe Conference - March 26-29, 2007!


Converged Communication Technologies

in the Campus Information Ecosystem

Are We There Yet?

The ViDe 2007 Conference is still soliciting posters (yes, this is a new event for our conference) on any technologies, innovative practices or important issues with digital video and converging communication technologies are welcomed.

It is really easy to submit a poster. Just send in a paragraph describing what you would like to present. We will provide you a table with a fold-out display board on which you can mount your materials. Please see for more details, and to submit your poster abstract.

New! ViDe Membership Drive!

The ViDe Steering Committee is happy to announce that ViDe is in the process of becoming a formal organization. And, as part of our new identity, we are able to offer ViDe memberships with a variety of valuable benefits.

We are currently holding our first Membership Drive through May 1. During our drive, you can join ViDe at a discounted prices. Benefits include things like conference discounts, invitations to special events, participation in working groups and testbeds, and more. (For complete information on membership options and benefits, see the online ViDe Membership Brochure.)

Information About 8th Annual SURA/ViDe Video Conference Now Online

Check out the Conference website for more details.

Article on H.350 Published in Internet Technology

Jill Gemmill, the current Chair of the ViDe Steering Committee, has just published Middleware for Scalable Real-time Multimedia Cyberinfrastructure in the Journal of Internet Technology.

Webcasts of the 6th Annual Digital Video Workshop now Available

The Webcasts and the Powerpoint presentations from the conference have been uploaded for you to view. Check out the program page for more.

More Information about H.350

New informational brochures (.pdf format) about the benefits of H.350 for universities and for vendors have been placed online.

New Standard Makes Videoconferencing as Easy as E-mail

ITU Adopts H.350 Architecture Developed by Internet2 Working Group
WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 3, 2003

A new standard announced today by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will make videoconferencing with colleagues, friends and relatives via the Internet easier and less expensive. Resulting from an Internet2(R) Middleware Initiative Video working group, the new H.350 standard provides a uniform way for storing and finding information related to video and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in enterprise directories. {more}

MIC Cataloging Utility Now Available

"It is expected that, utilmately, several cataloging utilities, supporting different schemas but readily exportable to the MIC, will be made available. Currently, a cataloging utility that creates records in Dublin Core and MPEG-7 is being provided as a Microsoft Access 2000 database, available for download from this website ( This utility will include XML record export in MPEG-7 or Dublin Core simple for export to the MIC union catalog."

Can You (See and) Hear Me Now?

In 10 years, videoconferencing for the masses will be a snap. Higher ed is already there. (by Elizabeth Gardner at

H.323 Forum Announces First Equipment Certification Event, June 2 - 6, 2003

"One of the first H.323 Forum goals was to develop an industry-wide H.323 equipment certification program. After much hard work by Anatoli Levine and his team, I am very pleased to announce the first H.323 Forum equipment certification event. The event will be held 6/2-6/6 in Billerica, Massachusetts to synchronize with the Spring IMTC interop event. At this event, H.323 Forum and IMTC member companies will have a chance to test their equipment against standardized H.323 Forum protocol certification testcases. If successful, member companies will receive official H.323 Forum certification status, receive an official certificate as well as permission to use a special H.323 Forum certification logo. This is an important H.323 industry event and I invite all member companies to attend. I also ask that companies planning to purchase H.323 equipment begin requesting H.323 Forum certification. With a little help from everyone, we can turn this program into the industry standard and improve H.323 interoperability throughout the network.

Link to the certification event registration page is as follows:

Again, thanks to the H.323 Forum certification team for a job well done!

Larry Schessel"

Archived Webcast files available online now

From Virage:

Virage would like thank the members of ViDe for giving us the opportunity to participate in this years Digital Video Workshop. We hope you find our contributions useful and will invite us back again next year. If you have any questions about how Virage software or services could help you with your digital video encoding, indexing, archiving, Webcasting or publishing needs please feel free to contact Andrew Devlin ( for more information.

Thanks to Virage, as well, for providing archived Webcast files of the recent fifth annual Digital Video Workshop. For downloadable files or information on requesting a CD with the files, check the Workshop information pages.

5th Annual ViDe/SURA Digital Video Workshop News

The 5th annual ViDe/SURA Digital Video Workshop was held at GCATT, the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunication Technologies, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 24-26, 2003. A summary of the workshop can be found here; to receive workshop update announcements as well as other ViDe updates, subscribe to the ViDe Announce list. Send a message to with 'subscribe vide-announce' in the message.

Moving Image Collections on the Web

The NSF-funded project, Moving Image Collections, project website is available. The website is available at:

Microsoft Working Group releases results

Evaluating Microsoft® Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server for use in Higher Education This document examines the Microsoft 2000 Exchange Conferencing Server (ECS) product and evaluates its use for videoconferencing within the existing ViDeNet architecture.

Megaconference IV Viewing Instructions

You are invited to view the upcoming Megaconference IV event via streaming video available from several locations. There are now over 200 organizations around the world registered to participate interactively via H.323. Many presentations related to distance learning will occur throughout the day as well as other events, and it will be educational and entertaining for all. The date is December 10, and will run from 8am to 8pm EST (UTC-5). There will be three sessions during the day, to provide convenient times for participants in all parts of the world. The three sessions will not be repetitive.

See for general information and the detailed program of events.

You can view streaming video at these locations:
º Internet2 - (Ann Arbor, Michigan):
º Ohio State University and Starbak (Columbus, Ohio):
º CESNET (Czech republic) Windows Media Player URL: mms:// (paste into Windows Media Player under "Open URL...")

The presenters slides may be viewed at

Overview of the History and State of MPEG-4

A new white paper by David Kuhlman and Michael West of the ViDe MPEG-4 working group is now available online in the streaming video working group section.

CREN TechTalk: Web Conferencing Tools and Applications: Are They Ready for Us?

What's in between full-scale satellite teleconferencing and conference phone calls? Do you use some combination of Instant Messenger and conference calling to approximate real-time Web conferencing? Would you like to? Is there a need? Is the technology ready for us? Can we afford it? Is anyone doing it right? The interview focused on the elements you need to consider when thinking about utilizing Web conferencing. Howard Strauss and Judith Boettcher quizzed distinguished guest experts Mary Trauner of Georgia Tech and Stephanie Franks-Downs of [more]

The NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) Workshop: now online

The NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) Workshop, headed up by ViDe's Mairead Martin (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) and Grace Agnew (Rutgers University), is past, but the website contains a nice set of resources as well as the program materials (PowerPoint and .pdf files) -- well worth taking a look at with interest in DRM. The website is located at

ViDe presentations at Educause 2002

The Educause 2002 meeting has come and gone, and the members of ViDe continued to spread the word. Bob Dixon, Jill Gemmill, Mary Trauner, and Doug Pearson conducted a seminar, "How Do I Do Internet Videoconferencing on My Campus? A ViDe Workshop Focusing on Resources/Best Practices for Providing H.323 Services" [more information available here], and Jill and Mary presented a talk on "The Video Development Initiative" as part of the External Relationships and New Partnerships track [more here].

Wire One's Glowpoint Network Co-Hosts The First-Ever IP-Carried Video Conference For The H.323 Forum In Conjunction With IMTC's SuperOP! 2002

Wire One Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WONE), a provider of video communications solutions, today announced that its award-winning Glowpoint network, in conjunction with the Video Development Initiative (ViDe) and the Internet2 network, successfully co-hosted a 1.5-hour, 93-endpoint video conference for the H.323 Forum. The video conference was held in connection with SuperOP!, the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium's (IMTC) annual testing event for the interoperability of rich media products based on open standards. [more (downloadable .doc file)]

Federated Digital Rights Management: A Proposed DRM Solution for Research and Education

D-Lib magazine online has published an article co-authored by Mairead Martin, MPEG-4 Chair, and Grace Agnew, Video Access Chair, titled "Federated Digital Rights Management: A Proposed DRM Solution for Research and Education." From the article:

This article describes efforts underway within the research networking and library communities to develop a digital rights management (DRM) solution to support teaching and research. Our specific focus is to present a reference architecture for a federated DRM implementation that leverages existing and emerging middleware infrastructure.

The article may be found in it's entirity at the D-Lib Magazine site at

For those who need basic information on the topic, an introduction to digital rights management can be found at

NSF awards grant for ViDe.Net project

Congratulations to ViDe on the successful award of a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "ViDe.Net: Middleware for Scalable Video Services for Research and Higher Education." The collaboration involves Jill Gemmill (UAB), Samir Chatterjee (CGU), Tyler Johnson (UNC), Egon Verharen (SURFnet), and RADVISION. The project will last two years and will produce a videoconferencing application directory (based on CommObject) and management for testbed activities/results propagation.

DRM/NMI Workshop Planning Underway

Grace Agnew and Mairead Martin of the ViDe Digital Rights Management working group have just received an award from the NSF NMI program to conduct an invitational workshop - "The NMI and DRM". The workshop is also being endorsed by CNI, EDUCAUSE, I2, SURA, and ViDe, and will be held mid-August in Washington, DC. The workshop will focus on exploring how the work of the NMI might be leveraged towards a DRM implementation for R&E, the idea of a rights metadata core and the launching of an initiative to pursue this, and the establishment of an NMI Digital Content Working Group.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

NSF Middleware Initiative Release 1.0

NMI-R1 was released on May 7, 2002. It integrates key software packages, standards, and best practices toward formation of a national middleware infrastructure for science, engineering and education. Downloads are free to the public.

The National Science Foundation issued a press release describing NMI-R1, which features deliverables from the two NMI project teams: GRIDS and EDIT.

The NMI consists partially of video middleware (CommObject) that was
contributed by the ViDe/Internet2 collaborative VidMid working group. The
NMI provides standardized, authoritative directory and authentication
services for both videoconferencing and video on demand.




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