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New technologies, new applications: using Access Grid Nodes in field research and training

AGNs are devices that enable visual images and audio to be exchanged in real time between different computers. Cameras and microphones at each site relay images of, and utterances by, participants to other AGN sites, with no theoretical limit to the number of sites that can be connected. AGNs display large format images (for example, the current speaker in a meeting) to a projection screen and provide high fidelity stereo sound, the idea being to make AGN communication as much like being co-present as possible. Images of computer displays, such as Powerpoint slides and software output, can also be displayed alongside the images of people, so everyone involved can see a common object of discussion and discuss it with participants at other AGN sites. AGNs are principally used at present as a medium for scientific meetings but show promise for many purposes where people at different locations need to collaborate without travelling to a common site, including use as a medium to deliver education and training. Another possible use is to conduct social scientific fieldwork. The proposal aims to assess the use of AGNs to conduct interviews and group discussions with participants at sites remote from the interviewer or discussion leader. It also aims to document the nature of AGN-mediated interaction and communication, by analysing recordings of fieldwork sessions, professional meetings, and software training workshops delivered via AGNs to students at other AGN sites.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Small Grant
Grant Value: £37,486.00
Start Date: 01/02/2005
End Date: 31/03/2006
Project Status: funded
Funding Agency: EPSRC


Project Members
PI
Prof N Fielding


Collaborating Organisations
University of Surrey


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This project is not associated with any components at present.


Application Area(s) associated with Project
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