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Issue No.04 - Winter (1995 vol.2)
pp: 36-45
ABSTRACT
<p>This paper presents a Media Taxonomy that can be used in both the research and development of multimedia applications. The taxonomy is shown as a two-dimensional categorization framework. The increasingly complex media types (text, graphics, sound, motion) make up the vertical dimension. The expression of each medium in three arbitrary categories (Elaboration, Representation, Abstraction) delineates the horizontal dimension. The horizontal dimension of media expression moves from the concrete, fully explicated expression of information to the abstract, metaphoric form of information within each medium.</p> <p>The taxonomy has been used successfully in two graduate level multimedia courses, the first one focusing on multimedia design and the second on the research and evaluation of interactive multimedia. It correlates well with previous categorizations of mul timedia and contributes to the growing arsenal of analysis tools that will enable researchers to more fully understand the impact and value-added by an individual medium in a multimedia presentation. </p> <p>Contact Rachelle S. Heller and C. Dianne Martin at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, e-mail sheller@seas.gwu.edu or diannem@seas.gwu.edu.</p>
INDEX TERMS
multimedia evaluation, media value, media taxonomy
CITATION
Rachelle S. Heller, C. Dianne Martin, "A Media Taxonomy", IEEE MultiMedia, vol.2, no. 4, pp. 36-45, Winter 1995, doi:10.1109/93.482294
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