Project Ambient Multimedia Databases (N3)
Drawing conclusions from sizeable data, from sensor-networks or other external data sources in a smart, effective, and flexible way, is technologically not a problem anymore. The same goes for containing large data streams at the right moment, or determining the relevance of information. However, the datamanagement needs in such applications are usually much more complex than what current DBMS and middleware products can offer. For this reason, the Ambient Multimedia Databases-project developed MonetDB/XQuery, which has several extensions for multimedia and mobile datamanagement.
This open source XML DBMS database system is regularly downloaded worldwide and is known internationally as one of the fastest and most complete XML DBMS databases. The project received the ICTRegie Award for MonetDB/XQuery in 2006.
In order to develop MonetDB/XQuery further, eMaxx and SPSS drew up their chairs as first users at the worktables of this MultimediaN project. eMaxx is the sparring partner of the University of Twente and SPPS shares a table with CWI (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science). Philips investigates sensor networks, being its own sparring partner since it’s involved in the project both scientifically and as an industrial institute.
Generic datamanagement middleware for ambient intelligent multimedia applications
Together the coalition partners strive for Generic datamanagement middleware for ambient intelligent multimedia applications. These need support to deal with variability and heterogeneity. The project studies the needs of applications that are able to assimilate to a changing environment (context aware applications). As a central component in this middleware, the partners work on the development of an XML DBMS, with efficient support for peer to peer communication, multimedia annotations, XML full-text research, and automatic data integration based on insecurities in data.
Connection with other projects
Developments have become stronger and faster because the project is embedded in a framework of projects. For example, the NWO project Opaque and the cooperation Pathfinder at TU Munich are also working on MonetDB/XQuery. The full-text search facilities are a common activity of the projects Ambient Multimedia Databases and Semantic Multimedia Access (N5). The project team works together with, among others, SmartSurroundings and Ling Fengs VIDI-project of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Reasearch (NWO).
Project leader: Peter Boncz
Learning Features (N1)
Multimodal Interaction (N2)
Ambient Multimedia Databases (N3)
Semantic Multimedia Access (N5)
Professional's Dashboard (N6)
Video At Your Fingertips (N7)
PERsonal Information Services (N9MI)