CINE: Cartoon Images for Network Education
as of 24th July 1996
IntroductionDesktop network access has given independence to a new generation of information users, though training and explanation for effective use of networked resources remain essential. Many wait on the moment of failure or incomprehension before they ask for assistance. Many spurn workshops provided. And there is a marked reluctance by others to read guides in either hard copy or electronic form. Even then, wholly verbal explanations of unfamiliar concepts may bypass understanding. The CINE project will explore the potential of visual and animated media as a supplement or as an alternative to text.
Animation as a medium provides three major benefits, and we expect to exploit them fully:
DescriptionThe approach will consist of short (2-5 minutes) animated sequences, designed to answer very general "how does it work?" questions. These animations are intended to be entertaining, concise, and informative about fairly broad concepts. They would use both conventional 'cartoon' character animation as well as more schematic displays showing data lookups, transformations, and the way processes are managed across networks.
Three animation modules will be produced during the course of the project. The topics selected are:
The basic methods for indexing and searching text have remained fairly standard despite superficial differences between services. This module will explain how text is indexed and how searching is performed, including methods of refining searches and recent adaptations. It will show why some operations, which may seem natural to the inexperienced user, are not possible.
DeliveryEach module will be available in several formats, e.g.
Each module will be promoted via appropriate mailing lists and newsletters. The animations will be backed up with a range of more conventional, and more detailed, on-line documentation. A coloured handout will describe each as it is released, and these will cumulate throughout the project. Copies of this promotional material will be available for local reprinting from http://www.kcl.ac.uk/projects/cine/
One presentation will be made for each module produced, and offered to appropriate venues, e.g. the JANET User Support Workshop.
EvaluationA formal evaluation of the deliverables will be conducted in conjunction with other Higher Education Institutions.
ParticipantsThe project team consists of Frances Blomeley, Peter Morris, Peter Stone, and the project is managed through King's College, London. The design and content will be developed with advice from library and computing services staff in several institutions.
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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