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Design of distributed multimedia systems (DMMS) poses a number of challenges and yet it has been approached with traditional software engineering methodologies. On the other hand, semantic analysis and representation of dynamic behavior attract the attention of the software design community. This work reported the attempt of applying a new approach to the design of DMMS, with emphasis in the sharing and managing of design knowledge collaboratively. A semantic model of DMMS and its knowledge were represented with a semantic database. Various design scenarios were used to describe the use of the model. How the knowledge in the semantic database could be used for collaborative design was also examined.