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The Media Internet supports professional and novice content producers and is at the crossroads of digital multimedia content and Internet technologies. It encompasses two main aspects: Media being delivered through Internet networking technologies (including hybrid technologies) and Media being generated, consumed, shared and experienced on the web.

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Future Media Internet Architecture Reference Model

The Future Internet (FI) is expected to be a communication and delivery ecosystem, which will interface, interconnect, integrate and expand today’s Internet, public and private intranets and communication networks of any type and scale, in order to provide efficiently, transparently and securely highly demanding services to humans and systems.

This complex networking environment may be considered from various interrelated perspectives: the networks & infrastructure viewpoint, the services viewpoint, the media & information viewpoint.

This document has been produces by a discussion forum of experts in the area of media and networks, named: Future Media Internet - Think Tank (FMIA-TT). FMIA-TT aims to create a reference model of a “Future Media Internet Architecture”, covering delivery, in the network adaptation/enrichment and consumption of media over the Future Internet ecosystem. This white paper concludes the first phase of the working group by proposing a FMIA reference model.

Future Internet Reference Architecture

In general terms there is a consensus about the Internet architecture principles that the aim is connectivity, the tool is the Internet Protocol, and the intelligence is end to end rather than hidden in the network.

These characteristics of the current Internet architecture are the same characteristics that promote innovation. For example the end‐to‐end principle leads to general‐purpose end hosts being managed by users rather than by third‐party gatekeepers. Internet Protocol as a protocol provided a high level of flexibility and modularity, which provided a formidable starting point for encouraging innovation. Connectivity itself is more valuable than any individual application and requires technical cooperation between service providers. There are a number of general design issues of the current Internet architecture which must be supported, such as heterogeneity, simplicity, modularity and scalability if innovation is to be promoted.

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The 1st white paper from the Future Media Internet Task Force: "Future Media Internet Research Challenges and the Road Ahead" can be downloaded here:

Future Media Internet Research Challenges and the Road Ahead

This White Paper reflects the consolidated opinion of 25 experts from the EU, USA and Korea on aspects related to the Future Media Internet (FMI), under the guidance of the Networked Media Systems Unit of the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission. More specifically, this paper describes the research challenges provisioned by the experts for the upcoming years, concerning the FMI, along with the potential impact these challenges might have.

The White Paper focuses more on the Media side of FMI without neglecting, however, the importance of the novel network-related characteristics that Future Internet will embed. At a glance, the experts believe that the FMI should involve high quality research concerning:

  • Scalable multimedia compression, transmission, concealment;
  • Network coding and streaming;
  • Content & context fusion for improved multimedia access;
  • 3D content generation leveraging emerging acquisition channels.
  • Immersive multimedia experiences;
  • Multimedia, multimodal & deformable objects search;
  • Content with memory and behaviour.

The aforementioned research challenges are believed to be the main pillars towards exploring new possibilities for boosting individual and social creativity and productivity in a Future Media Internet environment. The ultimate result of such a research is expected to enhance our communication experiences, the way we work and as a consequence, the way we live.

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