Friday Noon Lecture Series
Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks


Polishing Our Image:
The Design and Implementation of a Distributed Client/Server System for the Image Collections

Steven R. Lerman
Director, Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, MIT

Museums, archives, libraries, and other repositories are moving towards electronic dissemination of their collections. Various possible architectures for image servers and clients are now being explored. Each of these deals with issues of image indexing, browsing, searching, and delivery in different ways. This presentation will describe a project underway at MIT to implement a distributed system architecture that involves an object-oriented database, a separate image repository, and a series of different end-user clients for specific purposes. Issues of data moedling, image resolution, color depth, image processing, intellectual property rights, database license management, and the creation of a personal corpus by the end user will be explored.

Steven R. Lerman is an MIT faculty member, and Director of the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI). CECI is an MIT-wide research center devoted to studying the application of computational technologies on education. From 1983-88, Professor Lerman directed Project Athena. This project developed a campus-wide distributed system of advanced computer workstations at MIT, and a set of multimedia software tools to support curriculum in a wide number of areas. Dr. Lerman received his PhD from MIT, and is the author of two books and numerous articles.

Friday March 18
145 Dwinelle
12:10-1:00

co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism

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