We want to present to our readers this new monograph on the current trends in Multimedia and Network Information Systems. It discusses a very broad scope of subject matters including multimedia systems in their widest sense, Web systems, and network technologies. The monograph also includes texts devoted to more traditional information systems that draw on the experience of the Multimedia and Network Systems. Each of the discussed research trends is considered from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. Imposing a clear-cut classification for such a diverse research area is not an easy task.
The challenge is even greater due to the fact that in this book we tried to focus on the most topical research work of scientists from all over the world. The studies are original and have not been published anywhere else. In our opinion the chapters represent the dominant advances in computer information systems. It is worth emphasizing, that in most cases the research work relies heavily on the achievements and techniques developed originally in the area of Artificial Intelligence.
As a result, we have divided the monograph content into four major parts:
1. Multimedia Information Technology.
2. Data Processing in Information Systems.
3. Information System Applications.
4. Web Systems and Network Technologies.
Each of the parts covers a couple of chapters on detailed subject fields that comprise the area of its title.
We do hope that we have managed to collect and systematize the scientific knowledge on such a diverse field. We will be very pleased if this book inspires the research community working on Multimedia and Network Information Systems. If so, it will have achieved the goal that motivated the authors, reviewers, and editors.
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