IBM has launched its Digital Library Program software package, which may help the manufacturer cash in on the potential multimillion dollar market of digital libraries. IBM officials say an increasing number of customers will move to create, search, store and manage multimedia such as text, images and audio in relational databases.
IBM sources say the manufacturer foresees the market switching from archiving information on shelves, to mass-scanning literal copy across networks and the Internet for all to access.
According to IBM, the product's protection of intellectual property rights capabilities for multimedia content includes watermarking features to enable content providers to create their own special mark or seal to be applied to their images or documents.
Digital Library 1.0 is available as an install stand-alone system, but the package includes servers for both AIX and OS/2, and client toolkits for AIX, OS/2, Windows 95, Windows NT and SGI. MVS Platform support is also included. IBM says it will be looking to extend its DB2 database support to other vendors' relational databases. Overall pricing depends on individual customer configuration requirements.