Second-Generation Hypermedia Application Project Environment


SHAPE - 5398 + 7810

Keywords multimedia systems development, hypermedia systems development, CASE tools


Start Date: 01-NOV-90 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The market for multimedia applications is expected to grow steadily with the diffusion of new storage and transmission technologies such as CD-ROM, integrated broadband communications like IBCN and ISDN, and video communications. Information storage and retrieval techniques that allow the user to be "guided" will become increasingly necessary, due to the massive volumes of information involved. There is also a strong need for CASE tools to support design and implementation of multimedia applications for CD-ROM and on the new broadband networks.

SHAPE is a portable software environment comparable to a CASE tool that will greatly facilitate the realisation of complex CD-ROM based multimedia applications for large organisations, both private and public. The project addresses important issues now constraining the implementation of professional multimedia applications:

Hypermedia links provide powerful and user-friendly navigation through multimedia databases. However, the design and the implementation of hypermedia is presently constrained by the type of link, the fact that links must be introduced manually, and the fact that links are software-dependent and therefore not portable.

The project will demonstrate to what extent the use of object-oriented tools, along with tags in text files and graphic files, can:

The use of object-oriented tools allow the construction of navigation tools not only for navigation through the actual information units (ie data), but also through semantic networks of reference information, such as concept descriptors or key words. Those networks could be called "hyperthesauri", and will be used for information retrieval by end-users.

The SHAPE project has built a set of tools that will allow the flexible semi-custom design and implementation of applications. These will reduce costs and development time, improve the quality of designs and provide standardised interfaces for possible custom features.

The project builds on document engineering methods, software expertise and market experience of the partners. It makes use of other ESPRIT projects in software tools and application design.


CONTACT POINT

Mr G Dalle
ALCATEL ISR
Cours Blaise Pascal 34
F - 91025 EVRY CEDEX
tel: + 33/ 1-60.91.20.00
fax: + 33/ 1-64.97.18.85
telex: 603752 F

Participants

ALCATEL ISR - F - C
DATAMONT FERUZZI GROUP SPA - I - P
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW - UK - P
TRANSTOOLS SA - E - P
BUREAU VAN DIJK - B - P


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