Advanced Image Processing covered image resolution, resampling,filtering, contrast enhancement and data compression. Photo-CD as aNew Practical Standard was concerned with future directions of thistechnology and those in the group who had begun trials with Photo-CDgave overviews and/or demonstrations of their projects. Image andMultimedia Telecommunications looked at networking options e.g. LANs,WANs & MANs, ISDN, application architecture, database interconnectivity,hypermedia and multimedia. Electronic Publishing and Copyright coveredEuropean and American perspectives. Management issues consideredtechnology risk assessment, user needs determination,
budgeting,financing, etc. The experience of discussing these issues with colleaguesfrom Europe, America and Japan, was extremely rewarding.
The conference was held in the auditorium of the new Sainsbury wing of the National Gallery. The 3 days were divided loosely into five themes.Wednesday 28 July was devoted to "Case studies of systems small tomajor" - eight papers covering electronic publishing, public accesssystems in museums, university teaching systems and collectionmanagement systems from around the world. The first paper wasdelivered by Jeremy Rees of the International Visual Arts InformationNetwork, who described the interactive multimedia project 'Brancusi' whichis only at the prototype stage. The project is planned to culminate in 1995with the publication of a CD-I which will allow users to explore biographical,historical and bibliographical information using text, still and movingimages and sound. Bent Kure's paper "Digital image database as ateaching tool in art history" described the difficulties involved in setting upsuch a system at Oppland College, Norway where a database of 3,000digital art images is connected to the lecture theatre and student studyrooms by the College local area network. Photo-CD was investigated forimage storage but found to have limitations.Holly Witchey discussed the Interactive Multimedia Art Guide (IMAGE)designed for the San Diego Museum of Art by Cognitive Applications whowere responsible for the Micro Gallery at the National Gallery in London.Still at the prototype stage, it will eventually contain about 200 worksrepresenting the highlights of the Museum's collection. The system will bebased on the recently completed hardcopy catalogue. About 30 works willhave in-depth, interactive features. A demonstration was given of a stilllife painting by Spanish artist Juan Sánchez Cotán which very cleverlyexplained the use of perspective in the painting. The application of HDTV(High Definition Television) to Japanese Art Museums was presented by Tadoru Kato. The Hi-Vision Still Image Picture system using HDTVtechnology was first used in the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu in April 1989.Now there are 50 of these systems in museums and libraries throughout Japan and by 1995 this figure is expected to have doubled. One company, Tokyo Hi-Vision Inc, has received commissions from a number of Japanesemuseums to produce programs and image databases based on their art