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A high-level overview of technology used at the TFDL (Taylor Family Digital Library) at the University of Calgary. Presentation from Internet Librarian 2012.

A high-level overview of technology used at the TFDL (Taylor Family Digital Library) at the University of Calgary. Presentation from Internet Librarian 2012.

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  • Remember that the technology planning for the building was all done 2-5 years ago, so what is available now wasn’t then, and what was cutting edge then might not be now.
  • Dedicated space for faculty researchFirst concept was a 3D, virtual reality CAVE
  • In talks with faculty, another CAVE was not wantedInstead, some way of display & working with large amounts of dataAs many pixels as we can get into one spaceSimple to use . . . Doesn’t require special software, OS, etc
  • Here is the overview of the room. Main feature is the high resolution display wall, but there are also interactive tables for collaborative interaction and auxiliary displays for supplementary material/images.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by Applied Electronics, a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • After a request for proposals the wall was assembled by a local audio-video company.The computer that runs this system in located on another floor in a server room, the video signals are transmitted via fiber to the projection room.
  • Working on an interactive anatomy reference.
  • Software: Tableau, SAS, SPSS, Mathematica, MATLAB
  • Showing connectionsExpanding to google analytics

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  • Taylor Family Digital Library Opened Fall 2011 265,000 sq. ft. on 6 floors $205 Million Project (Cdn)
  • The Vision State-of-the-art Learning and Research CentreProviding outstanding support for Scholarship, Learning and the Creation of Knowledge, Libraries and Cultural Resources is a key component in the University’s Excellence in Research, Teaching and Community Service.We will fulfill this vision through a convergence of our Libraries, Museum, Archives, Special Collections and University Press and through campus, community, national and international partnerships. We Should Imagine Greatness
  • University of Calgary ~30,000 students Original library building built in the late 1960’s in the brutalist architecture style
  • New (to us) Technology• Touch tables (stand-up and coffee)• Touch kiosks to control Media Wall• Digital signage running Omnivex Moxie• Media Walls• Touch Room Booking Displays• Christie MicroTiles• Visualization Wall• Magic Planet Spherical Display• A/V Editing Suites• Digital Media Commons• Teamspot Collaborative software• Dual-boot Mac Minis in Collaborative Workrooms• Large format Scanner• Gaming Collection (current and retro)• Off-site storage of 80% of the physical collection• Dual-monitors• OSX machines
  • New Technology• Touch tables (stand-up and coffee)• Touch kiosks to control Media Wall• Media Walls• Digital signage (55 screens) running Omnivex Moxie• Touch Room Booking Displays• Christie MicroTiles• Visualization Wall• Magic Planet Spherical Display
  • New Technology• A/V Editing Suites• Digital Media Commons• Teamspot Collaborative software• Dual-boot Mac Minis in Collaborative Workrooms• Large format Scanner• Gaming Collection (current and retro)• Off-site storage of 80% of the physical collection• Dual-monitors• Macs
  • Considered, but…• 3D Printer• Large-format Printer• Espresso Book Machine• Wall-mounted iPads
  • Agile InfrastructureRaised Flooring, demountable walls, moveable furniture
  • Contemporary Infrastructure100% Wireless Coverage
  • Contemporary InfrastructureFurniture that is mobile technology-friendly
  • Contemporary InfrastructureTouch displays for Student Workrooms
  • Innovative InfrastructureDigital Signage
  • Collaborative Spaces Workrooms Presentation Practice Rooms Edit Suites
  • Collaborative SpacesSoftware to EnableStudent Collaborative Work TeamSpot
  • Collaborative Spaces Furniture to Support Collaboration
  • Collaborative Spaces New Public Computing
  • With Great Space Comes GreatResponsibility• New Services / Staff to support the new infrastructure:• Peer Roamers (students)• Visualization Research Coordinator• Digital Media Commons Manager• DMC Mentors (students)• IT / AV Generalist
  • What Works Well• Media Walls• Digital Signage• MicroTiles• Editing Suites• Collaborative Spaces• Electricity for EVERY seat
  • Not so much• Touch Workroom Booking Displays – Faulty hardware – we still have hope! – Maybe shoulda used iPads after all :-/• Touch Kiosks – Sensitive to sunlight – Lack of vendor commitment to deliver cutting edge – No “killer” application
  • Measure of Success? Library 1-day gate count (October)14,00012,00010,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  • Virtual Tour Time? http://ppival.com/IL2012/
  • Gaming R&D LabSpace & equipment to experience the videogame collection.• Over 1500 games• Development Tools• PC• Consoles: – Contemporary – Retro
  • Retro Systems• Pong II• Coleco Telstar• Intellivision• Intellivision II• Colecovision • Turbo Graphics 16• Atari 2600 • Sega Genesis• Atari 2600 Jr • Nintendo 64• Nintendo Entertainment • Sega Dreamcast System • Nintendo Game Cube• Sega MasterSystem • Sony Playstation• Super Nintendo • Sony PS2
  • Interactive Digital Media Collection • Retro systems & games are checked out. • Contemporary & PCs are walk-up and use (or reserved). • Video signal.
  • Visualization Studio
  • http://www.mechdyne.comWeill Cornell Medical College, image NY Post http://www.visualgenomics.ca
  • Consultation: Advisory CommitteeArchitecture Computer Science Environmental Design Library Medicine Sociology
  • Recommendations• Neutral position on campus• Collaborative workspace• High resolution• Massive digital real-estate• Easy to use• Private window-less room maintains data privacy
  • Concept High-definition Display Wall Interactive Rotatable DisplaysSmall Auxiliary InteractiveTabletops Large Interactive Tabletop
  • Concept
  • Concept
  • Display Wall
  • Display Wall• 15 short-throw projectors
  • Display Wall• 15 short-throw projectors• 34.5 million pixels 16’ wide & 9600 pixels 6’ tall & 3600 pixels
  • Display Wall• 15 short-throw projectors• 34.5 million pixels 16’ wide & 9600 pixels 6’ tall & 3600 pixels
  • Display Wall• 15 short-throw projectors• 34.5 million pixels• Small bezel (<1mm)
  • Display Wall• 15 short-throw projectors• 34.5 million pixels• Small bezel• Windows PC
  • Usage – English Department London, British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x. (art. 3): A Digital Facsimile
  • Usage – Computer Science
  • Usage – Psychology
  • Usage – Drama
  • Lessons LearnedGood Not Good• External Video Input • Trade-off between• Windows power & complexity • Interactive control of 34.5 million pixels requires more power • Applications
  • Visualization Program1. Visualizations – Library usage – Explore special collections2. Data & resources for visualization projects. – Workshops & tutorials – Software – Data
  • LibraryCollectionData
  • www.ucalgary.ca/libraryPaul Pival – ppival@ucalgary.caJohn Brosz - jdlbrosz@ucalgary.ca