The design and implementation of a distributed Web document database

Timothy K. Shih, Jianhua Ma, Runhe Huang

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Distance learning has become a very important mechanism for virtual university operation. In order to realize such an operation smoothly, it is necessary to consider distance learning from three perspectives: administration, awareness, and assessment. We are currently implementing a virtual university environment according to these guidelines. In this paper, we propose a new Web documentation database as a supporting environment of the Multimedia Micro-University project. The design of this database facilitates a Web documentation development paradigm that we have proposed earlier. From a script description, to its implementation as well as testing records, the database and its interface allow the user to design Web documents as virtual courses to be used in a Web-savvy virtual library. The database supports object reuse and sharing, as well as referential integrity and concurrence. In order to allow real-time course demonstration, i.e. also propose a simple course distribution mechanism, which allows the pre-broadcast of course materials. The System is implemented as a three-tier architecture which runs under MS Windows and other platforms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1999 lnternational Workshops on Parallel Processing, ICPP 1999
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0769503535
StatePublished - 1999
Event1999 lnternational Workshops on Parallel Processing, ICPP 1999 - Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan
Duration: 24 Sep 1999 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Processing
ISSN (Print)0190-3918


Conference1999 lnternational Workshops on Parallel Processing, ICPP 1999
Period24/09/99 → …


  • Distance Learning
  • Information Retrieval
  • Multimedia Database
  • Virtual Library
  • Virtual University
  • WWW


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