Got to ‘ave some of this

A new Web site for technology transfer allows developers to test drive promising software from both commercial and academic laboratories.

Xerox Corporation and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Information Technology Laboratory have created a Web site for technology transfer where developers can test drive promising software from both commercial and academic laboratories.

The site, www.alphaAve.com, has launched with six technologies available for free trial use, a first step in what is planned to be a multi-partner site for new product development. The first technologies are from two Xerox laboratories, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and the Xerox Architecture Center. Technology from RIT will be posted shortly.

AlphaAve.com is a collaborative effort developed, designed and owned by Xerox and RIT. More partners will be added in the future. AlphaAve.com is designed to make new technology available more quickly to more people. ‘AlphaAve.com is a crossroads where development and research can intersect,’ said Jeffrey Lasky, director of RIT’s IT Lab. ‘Product developers can look for novel ways to accomplish their goals, while researchers can receive early feedback on their work, which will help them bring it to market faster.’

At alphaAve.com, software developers can download the technologies, contribute feedback, or request support. They can also register to receive automatic notifications when new technologies are added to the site. Each posting includes a description and history of the technology, some specific scenarios where it might be used, and system requirements.

The first technologies posted at the site represent a range of software from community shared Web pages to embedded data for digital documents.

DataGlyph software is a technology for embedding data in a printed document in an aesthetically pleasing way. Today’s documents must be able to carry a significant amount of machine-readable data alongside their text, graphics and other ‘human-readable’ information. This technology enables robust data encoding that can be used to replace or supplement bar coding and matrix coding. DataGlyph technology is useful for adding security to documents. Programmers can use the DataGlyph Toolkit to embed DataGlyph encoding and decoding functionality into other software.

GlyphMaker is an easy-to-use application for creating and decoding glyphs.

Harland is a library and API designed to provide a flexible, persistent attribute or property store for document applications written in Sun MicroSystem’s Java programming language. Harland works in combination with a relational database (RDB), by providing a layer on top of the relational model to simplify attribute storage and retrieval, while retaining the performance and aspects of data structuring that have made RDBs so powerful.

Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) Client Protocol Stack is software that provides an object-oriented interface needed to develop applications that access IPP-enabled printers or print servers. This technology is important as more and more printer manufacturers develop products for the Internet.

Silx is useful for storing and delivering scanned or electronic documents. Government, legal, financial or general document repositories would benefit from storing documents with Silx because these documents download quicker, take up less disk space, render faster, and are a faithful representation of any document image. Silx is based on ITU standards.

Sparrow Web is a server-based application for creating and maintaining group-editable Web pages. This easy-to-use interface enables any member of a community to edit and add to each Web page without requiring HTML knowledge. Sparrow Web software can be installed in an existing Web site to provide shared Web pages to the community. Sparrow Web enables distance learning programs, project management, co-authored documents, and community information sharing.

RIT’s IT Lab, funded by $1.5 million from New York state, works with industry to fuel economic development. A part of RIT’s newly formed B.Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the IT Lab is a multidisciplinary lab that conducts applied research and software development in collaboration with industrial and business partners. The lab provided facilities and expertise to produce alphaAve.com. RIT students in information technology and design assisted with development.

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