Streaming Multimedia for Digital Libraries and IRs such as DSpace: An Introduction – NITLE

by on Nov.07, 2008, under Presentations

The slides from my NITLE MIV presentation are below.  Thanks to everyone for attending.


For system administrators, digital and analog librarians, archivists, and others from participating institutions who need a way to manage large multimedia files that 1) keeps end users happy (no download time) and satisfies demands for easy, efficient access, 2) lets administrators control what is seen/displayed, 3) lets administrators maintain branding even when links are established (i.e., lets them protect the source), and 4) is optimized to allow for broad distribution worldwide.

Program Description:

As institutional repositories and digital libraries continue to grow, gain momentum, and acquire content, interest in including audio and video content in these collections is also growing. Yet managing large audio and video files can be challenging, particularly for users wishing to view or access these digital resources. Such files demand more storage and can introduce long wait periods during which files are downloaded to users’ computers. Streaming servers can help campuses provide users with much more efficient access to these files, addressing the challenge of managing and using these resources.

This session will present the benefits of using streaming servers, examine case studies, and provide an overview of the technologies and processes involved in handling large multimedia files via streaming servers. This session will cover topics such as

* Reasons for streaming multimedia
* Streaming methods and how they work
* Requirements to use streaming media
* Types of content to stream
* Points to ponder when setting up streaming multimedia
* Staffing considerations
* Ways to use streaming media
* Examples

Participants in this interactive, real-time program will learn about and discuss these topics as they relate to digital libraries and institutional repositories such as DSpace. Eric Smith, Systems Integrator-Network Administrator at Bucknell University, will be the featured presenter.

Slides: streaming_video_miv_final.pdf

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