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XMPP Is Future Direction for Whiteboarding
Whiteboarding is the ability to work on shared files on an on-screen "shared notebook" or "whiteboard." Whiteboarding is available in many Web services; for example, it is a part of the WebEx Web conferencing system and in tools such as Microsoft NetMeeting.

The clear benefit to a standardized approach to whiteboarding is to enable distributed use without lock-in to a single vendor or service. Presence is an important underpinning to whiteboarding to enable two or more users to initiate whiteboarding. The Internet standard eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) has been the starting point of choice for all whiteboarding standardization work to date of which we are aware.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is widely considered to be the second component of standardized whiteboarding. SVG is XML-based, extensible, widely adopted, and standardized by the W3C.

An independent demonstration of SVG-based whiteboarding over XMPP is provided by a cross-platform client called Coccinella. This offers easy-to-use whiteboarding that will work with most XMPP servers; the key capabilities for whiteboarding are in the client. The ability to work independent of the server shows a key XMPP capability to carry generic payload. Coccinella is well worth trying for anyone who wants to investigate this area.

A major initiative on SVG-based whiteboarding over XMPP has been driven by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), which has developed and is piloting a whiteboarding system. Transverse, the JFCOM XMPP client and whiteboarding application, is available for download here.

The JFCOM work is a major input to whiteboarding standardization by the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF). The latest version of this specification is here.

This is one of several technical inputs, and there are a number of proposals. Most of these are based on SVG, and it seems very likely that the final standard or standards will be SVG-based. Another factor is Shared XML Editing (SXE), which is being standardized to enable multiple users to edit a single document. The requirements for SXE are described in XEP-0228. A key architectural decision for whiteboarding is whether to build it over SXE or as an independent whiteboarding specification.

Although there is not yet an agreed-upon final standard, it is clear that XMPP is the direction for standardized whiteboarding. ... Steve Kille



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Preparing for a Meet and Confer Session
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Litigation today requires that substantial amounts of electronic information be exchanged between the parties. Early on, the litigants must get together for a Meet and Confer session, where they decide what electronic information will be exchanged between the parties, and according to what schedule. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Mark Reichenbach of MetaLINCS examine what to do to be well prepared for the Meet and Confer session. Fritz Mueller also discusses how MetaLINCS' e-discovery software can help. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

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In-house and external legal teams understand that IT now has an important role in e-discovery, but the details of the role are often unclear. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Fritz Mueller of MetaLINCS discuss IT's role and how general counsel can optimize its relationship with IT. The panel also includes Conrad Jacoby, founder of efficientEDD, a consultancy specializing in e-discovery and litigation information management issues, and MetaLINCS CTO Chuck Williams. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

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