Rich-Media Webcasting Technologies for Science Dissemination

ICTP Workshop, Trieste, Italy, 3 - 11 December 2007
Organizers:
E. Canessa, C. Fonda and M. Zennaro (ICTP-SDU, Italy)
co-Organizers:
B. Logofatu (CREDIS, Univ Bucharest, Romania)
B. Hassler (CARET Video Studio, Cambridge University, UK)

Programme and multimedia

The official programme of the workshop is available on-line. Multimedia recordings (with synchronized slides) of all lectures and laboratory sessions are also available on-line 20 minutes after each hour, thanks to the EyA automatic recording system.

Introduction

The growth of Internet in Universities of developing countries requires updated computer literacy of the academic community. An insufficient understanding of the potential of the network as a tool to spread information, to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer reduces drastically the effectiveness of Internet as a tool to overcome scientific isolation. This lack of awareness indicates the need for the scientific community to be trained in specific ICT applications.

Today advances in computer networking combined with modern operating systems make the streaming media practical and affordable for scientists world-wide. In particular, software applications for on-demand and live broadcasting of seminars, lectures and peer-to-peer collaboration via Internet are also possible under conditions of low-bandwidth connectivity.

The aim of the workshop is to guide scientists from developing countries to become acquainted with state-of-the-art, low cost and/or open source resources available for this purpose and thus help to reduce the digital and knowledge divides. Lecturers will familiarize participants with the most advanced techniques of Multimedia Webcasting for science dissemination and collaboration.

Topics

Participants will be exposed to the tremendous resources and possibilities available to the scientific community, particularly in terms of interactive media such as: on-line information exchanges and services, production and web streaming of educational programs and courses. There will be hands-on sessions in streaming audio and video, and the creation of web streaming archives.

Participation

The Workshop is open to scientific computer consultants and network managers staff involved in creation or delivery of rich media, who are working at scientific institutions with the minimal infrastructure required for rich-media webcasting.

The main purpose of the Centre is to help research workers from developing countries within a framework of international cooperation. Scientists and students from all countries which are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the Workshop. As it will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants should be borne by the home institution. Every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare (or at least half-fare). However, limited funds are available for some participants who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country, who will be selected by the Organizers, and who are not more than 45 years old. Such support is available only for those who attend the entire duration of the Workshop. There is no registration fee. For both technical reasons and limited resources the total attendance to this Workshop is limited.

How to Accelerate your Internet

Free Book available for the Workshop.