Academic conferences are a long-standing and effective form of multimedia communication. Conference participants can transmit and receive information through sight and sound, that is, by viewing individuals, text, and graphics, and by hearing the spoken word. This same-time, same-place communication is sufficiently valuable to justify large investments in time and travel funds. Printed conference proceedings are attempts to recapture the value of a live conference, but they are limited by both their delivery medium and by the significant differences from the conference presentation. We addressed this problem in the multimedia proceedings of the DAGS '92 conference. The recently published CD-ROM delivers text, graphic, audio, and video information as an integrated whole, with extensive provisions for random access and hypermedia linking. We believe that this project provides a model for future conference publications and highlights some of the research issues that must be resolved before similar publications can be quickly and inexpensively produced.
Towards Multimedia Conference Proceedings, with M. Cheyney, P. Gloor, D.B. Johnson, F. Makedon and J. Matthews. Communications of the ACM, 39 (1):50-59, January, 1996.