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Paper 9812:
Designing MEDIASPACE through the WWW, Satellite and Print

id 9812
authors Phillips, Mike
year 1998
title Designing MEDIASPACE through the WWW, Satellite and Print
source Proceedings of an ICCC/IFIP Conference "Towards the Information Rich Society" held at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary 20-22 April 1998/Edited by Fytton Rowland and John W T Smith. Washington D.C.: ICCC Press, 1998, 286 p. ISBN: 1-891365-02-9
summary This paper discusses the experiences of designing and producing an ongoing series of experimental interactive satellite transmissions, incorporating live studio broadcasts, ISDN based video conferencing, and asynchronous email/ISDN tutorials. A WWW site acts as a focus for these asynchronous activities, operating as a central hub, providing information and key references (papers, images, case studies, hyperlinks, etc). The convergence of these technologies generates a distributed digital 'space' (satellite footprint covering western Europe, studio space, screen space, WWW space, location/reception space). This space is further developed and extended by the quarterly publication of a paper-based interpretation of content inspired by, or translated from, the digital activity. The digital and paper-based versions of MEDIASP ACE explore a variety of 'spaces'; the WWW space, the computer screen, the studio space, the TV screen, and the printed page. There is also a novel and dynamic set of relationships established between the presenters (studio based), the participant/audience (located across Europe), and the reader. As an electronic publishing experiment in real time ('live' media) delivery, combined with a backbone of pre-packaged information ('dead' media content), the MEDIASP ACE transmissions provide a provocative model for the convergence of 'publishing', 'networked', and 'broadcast' forms and technologies. Whilst the focus for some of the MEDIASP ACE productions has been to provide a 'learning' environment for the audience/participants, this paper concentrates on the efforts to forge a coherent media 'form' through the convergence of the technologies used. A variety of visual and spatial metaphors were employed to help establish a common reference for locating the dispersed community. However, a variety of information design and 'packaging' techniques used to delivery facts, processes, ideas, and concepts through such a system are discussed.
series ELPUB:1998
type full paper
email mikep@soc.plym.ac.uk
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