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Join us for the 9th Annual SURA/ViDe Conference - March 26-29, 2007!
THE WHOLE SHEBANG:
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.
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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 http://www.vide.net/conferences/spr2007/posters.shtml 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
ITU Adopts H.350 Architecture Developed by Internet2
WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 3, 2003
A new standard
announced today by
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
videoconferencing with colleagues, friends and
relatives via the Internet
easier and less expensive. Resulting from an
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.
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 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
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
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
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
testcases. If successful, member companies will receive
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
I also ask that companies planning to purchase H.323
requesting H.323 Forum certification. With a little
help from everyone,
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: http://www.imtc.org/interops/index.asp
Again, thanks to the H.323 Forum certification team
for a job well done!
Archived Webcast files available online now
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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;
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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
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.
http://www.mega-net.net/megaconference 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,
º CESNET (Czech republic) Windows Media
Player URL: mms://18.104.22.168/megaconf
(paste into Windows Media Player under "Open
The presenters slides may be viewed at http://www.internet2.edu/vb
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 ConferZone.com. [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 http://www.ait.utk.edu/drmworkshop/index.htm.
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
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
The article may be found in it's entirity at the D-Lib
Magazine site at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july02/martin/07martin.html.
For those who need basic information on the topic,
an introduction to digital rights management can be
found at http://www.vide.net/help/drmintro.shtml.
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
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
NSF Middleware Initiative Release 1.0
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
The NMI consists partially of video middleware (CommObject)
contributed by the ViDe/Internet2 collaborative VidMid
working group. The
NMI provides standardized, authoritative directory
services for both videoconferencing and video on demand.