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Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil

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Defining multimedia in the Oracle database

It's important to exactly define what multimedia is. The common thinking is that multimedia is just a photo taken using a digital camera (or scanned in). Multimedia is much more than this.

To try and define what multimedia is, it's best to look at examples and see how they work with the Oracle database.

Photograph

The photograph is also referred to as a picture, but the proper usage is a digital image.

It can be taken by a digital camera or can be scanned in. A photograph can have the metadata embedded in it (common formats include EXIF, IPTC, Adobe XML, Dicom). A photo can be of type JPEG, TIFF, PNG. There are well over 300 other types. Some camera manufacturers use a raw option when storing their digital ...

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