The document contains details of use of the Access Grid at the IWMW 2006 event.
The Access Grid is a collection of resources and technologies that enables large format audio and video based collaboration between groups of people in different locations. In simple terms, it is advanced videoconferencing using large screen displays and with multiple cameras at each site (description taken from Wikipedia).
We made experimental use of the Access Grid at the IWMW 2006 event. The aims of this experiment were to:
We made one or two of the plenary talks available on the Access Grid. The plenary sessions which were available were the Web 2.0: Behind The Hype panel session (14.00-14.45 on Thursday 15th June 2006) and the What Does Openness Mean to the Web Manager? talk (11.00-12.30 on Thursday 15th June 2006).
The pilot use of the Access Grid was intended to provide greater access to talks on Web 2.0 and openness. These talks are likely to be of interest to many people within our community, including members of institutional Web management teams, software developers, elearning developers, etc.
The Access Grid trial will enable interested participants who can't attend the workshop (and the workshop is now fully subscribed) to listen in to the talks and to ask questions and give feedback.
If your institution has an dedicated Access Grid facility, you will be able to view and listen to the speakers and their PowerPoint slides and other applications.
If you cannot visit a dedicated Access Grid facility, access using the VRVS desktop application may be possible, but we are unable to provide any technical advice on this. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of using VRVS, please read the VRVS help pages.
Institutions who wish to take part in this experiment are advised to talk to their local Access Grid support team. The technical information required is:
Any late-breaking news about the Access Grid will be available here (at the URL <http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/webmaster-2006/access-grid/#news>