The popularity of the Internet and multimedia has increased the need for rapid diffusion of culture in new formats with new features. Since its beginnings, music has never shied away from incorporating the latest technological advances to maximise expressive power. Its pioneering role in the use of Internet technology to broadcast audio and music files continues to break new boundaries.
Content distribution is presently not anymore limited to music and is becoming more cross media oriented. New distribution models for old and new content formats are opening new paths: i-TV, mobile phones, PDAs, etc. The development of the Internet technologies introduces strong impact on system architectures and business processes. New national and international regulations, policies and market evolution are constraining the distribution mechanisms. Novel distribution models, development and application of pervasive computing and multimedia strongly influence this multi-disciplinary field. The need of content control and monitoring is demanding effective Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions integrated with sustainable business and transaction models. These technologies impact on the production and modelling of cross media content.
WEDELMUSIC-2004 aims to explore these major topics in cross media and music-related fields, to address novel approaches for distributing content to larger audiences, providing wider access and encouraging broader participation. The impact of these developments on cultural heritage is also considered, together with their availability to people with limited access to content.
The conference focuses on both the challenges posed by the Internet in its role as a major player for business changes and music distribution and content modelling in multi-channel and cross media environments. The conference is open to all the enabling technologies behind these problems. To this end, the conference aims at promoting discussion and interaction among researchers, practitioners, developers, final users, technology transfer experts, and project managers. Of particular interest is the exchange of concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which could contribute to the industrial and academic arenas and also benefit business community. WEDELMUSIC-2004 will bring together a variety of participants to address not only different technical issues, but also the impact of Internet, mobile, and cross media models.
Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following aspects:
Papers should describe original and significant work in the research and practice of the main topics listed above. Research case studies, applications and experiments are particularly welcome. Papers should be limited to approx. 2000–5000 words (8 pages) in length. Of the accepted paper, 8 pages will be published in the conference proceedings.
Proposals for papers and reports of Applications and Tools are also welcome. These may consist of experiences from actual utilisation of tools or industrial practice and models. Proposals will be reviewed by the Industrial members of the Program Committee. Papers should be limited to approx. 1000-2500 words (4 pages) in length. Of the accepted paper, 4 pages will be published in the conference proceedings.
ALL submissions and proposals should be written in English following the IEEE format and submitted in PDF format via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 27th Feb 2004.
The Conference Proceedings book will be published by the IEEE Computer Society.