Michael Murphy Publishes Chapter on History of the Web

Michael J. Murphy AccessFabrik Lab principal investigator Michael J. Murphy, along with his Dublin-based colleague Brian O’Neill, have recently published a book chapter inside the latest volume of Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web by Maureen Burns and Niels Brügger. The book looks at the intricate involvement of national public service broadcasters in the development of the World Wide Web, and addresses many of the issues these organizations have faced.

The chapter is entitled Canadian Content, Public Broadcasting and the Internet: CBC’s Online Strategy 1995-2000, and “looks at CBC online innovation from 1995 to 2000, when despite major cutbacks in its own funding and radical changes in the structure of the Canadian Broadcast industry, the CBC determined that converged, multi-platform content provision was the best strategy for its long-term survival.”

The book can be ordered online at peterlang.com.

FCAD Newsletter: “Grad Student Presents in Lisbon”

AccessFabrik Lab principal investigator, Dr. Michael Murphy – Head of Audio & Digital Media at the School of Radio and Television Arts – and research associate, Michael Dick – a graduate student in the Communication and Culture Program – presented a peer-reviewed paper at the WEBIST conference 2009 in Lisbon. The presentation was primarily based on the lab’s research and development on the Access Grid technology and semantic web applications.

The 5th international WEBIST (Web Information Systems and Technologies) conference brought together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in real world applications and web-based information systems. According to the WEBIST website, this high standard conference only permits acceptance based on “quality, relevance and originality”.

Links: WEBIST 2009

Orion: “Ryerson lab experiments with next-generation videoconferencing”

The AccessFabrik Lab has been experimenting with Access Grid technologies since 2004, shortly after the lab’s founding in 2003 and the emergence of the Access Grid in 2001.

An article published in Orion on January 2009, Ryerson lab experiments with next-generation videoconferencing, outlines Ryerson’s efforts in developing their project “New Tools for Collaborative Design and Communication” (also referred to as USWS, HD Collaborative Design Tools or CoMedia 2), which is an extension of the Access Grid open-source videoconferencing application.

Ryerson’s extensions on the Access Grid – with primary focus on the field of automotive engineering and manufacturing – provides high-definition visualization and remote desktop control. The technology in its entirety aims to create an interactive “shared space” environment that allows group-to-group communication and design. The project includes tools to provide real-time 3D design manipulation, captioning and translation in order to enable real-time interaction and reduce cultural barriers.

In partnership with Industrial partner Magna Closures Inc. and research partner Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering of Germany, the research initiative aims to improve shared desktop environments, collaborative visualization and integrate semantic technology.

Future goals for this project include efficient ways to achieve automated captioning, voice recognition and translation.

Source: http://www.orion.on.ca/newsletter/jan09/ryerson.html

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