here is a new possibility for digital collections of Cultural
Institutions: XLimage® 2.0. It is an Internet Image Server
developed by the young italian company Centrica (www.centrica.it)
that enables all Internet users to view high resolution images quickly
and interactively. XLimage® 2.0 integrates three fundamental
functions: Internet/Intranet/2,5/3G users can view high resolution
images interactively (zoom) with high colour fidelity (color) and
enabling copyright protection policies (digital watermarking).
XLimage® 2.0 is a standalone application server, which works in con-
junction with a web server in order to increase operational efficiencies
for serving images. Unlike web servers, image servers are only concer-
ned with the serving of images, and are therefore able to introduce
new methods and applications for efficient imaging across networks.
Images are memorised in multiresolution format, in a device-
independent colour space.This is an abstract colour space called
YCbCr (compliant with the CIR-601 standard). Inside XLimage®
2.0 is possible to create image catalogues and correspondent XML files
with the metadata related to the images.The XML is compliant with
DIG35 standard.The watermark technology is based on patented
algorithms of DET (Department of Electronic and Telecommunica-
tions) of the University of Florence. It is available for the following
platforms:Windows NT/2000/XP, Linux, SOLARIS.
XLimage® 2.0 technology is already at the basis of several European
Projects (TRADEX, SCULPTEUR,TNT) and has been chosen by
important cultural institutions in Italy (Minister of Cultural Heritage,
ICCD - Central Institute of Cataloguing and Documentation, Uffizi
More information and an on-line demo are available on the web
R O D U C T S
Next generation internet: INTERNET2?
`Internet 2, A supercharged new network with true
tele-presence puts the needs of science first', by Brad
Lemley; article in DISCOVER,Vol. 23, No. 5 (May
Reports on the XML Europe Conference
Reports from the XML Europe Conference held in
Barcelona during May 2002 are available online at
How to Manage Your Images (Literally)?
Architect views expressed in an article by Deborah
Snoonian, P.E: `Photographs of past projects are marke-
ting tools you should protect like other assets. For some
firms, digital image libraries are the solution.'
RLG and OCLC
have released a new report on
long-term preservation of and access to research materi-
als in digital form.
`Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and
This report is now available at the
RLG web site: http://www.rlg.org/longterm/repositories.pdf
US: Building a National Strategy for
The (US) Council on Library and Information
Resources and the Library of Congress published in
April 2002 `Building a National Strategy for
Preservation: Issues in Digital Media Archiving'.
Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Digital
Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program,
Library of Congress.
A Eurobarometer Survey
Europeans' participation in cultural activities; report
issued April 2002 http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opi-
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