ICTP Workshop 2007/Overview

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{{#titlehere:}} Please note that the present pages on the ICTP workshop were obtained from a mediawiki used during the workshop. There may be a number of links that go to missing pages, and other inconsistencies. Much of it is also very informal, and should be seen as workshop notes!

The group of participants attending this workshop is quite diverse. Participants come from all continents, have very different backgrounds, and different resources at their disposal. This page gives an overview of participant backgrounds and their objectives.

The following information was gathered as part of Bjoern Hassler's content production sessions at the workshop.

1 Participants backgrounds[edit]

To what extend had participants worked with images, audio, video? A quick survey shows that only few participants had worked with none of these. Quite a few had worked with one or two of these. Some had worked with all three.

Participants were then asked to describe any previous image, audio, video, rich-media, .... work they had done. They were asked what they had produced, who the audience was, and what resources they had available. Here are some of the answers:

  • Distance education, broadcasting tech., photoshop, swish (Adobe Flash)
  • Video lessons about computer programming (pascal) for students, using recordMyDesktop software on Linux
  • DVD videos for semninars and CD presentations, including images, and music for the introduction, titles.
  • 'Introduction to computers and computer applications course' on CDROM
  • Presentations with embedded multi-media contents
  • Animation of scientific data, using Macromedia.
  • Courseware as a sample output from a recent eLearning workshop, using exe.exe (for the content development), photofiltre and paint for the images.
  • Recorded students presenting at the blackoard to improve their presnetations skills.
  • Recorded various social and a few formal occasions such as graduations or meetings, and some seminars
  • DVD video about class activity
  • slide show for students to run in web as well as avilable in a CD.
  • Image editing
  • some audio/video production.
  • Basic image editing (light and contrast) with basic photo software
  • images and maps
  • embedding matehmatical text (as images) in web pages, wikis, and scientific documents.
  • We have made an audio/text CD with multilingual material for future students to learn some English and get to know the envionment they should expect.
  • Co-ordinate lecturer needs as regards presentation or connectivity needs of audio-visual material
  • Marketing material which include photos
  • Stream the university convocation

2 Summary of tools participants are familar with[edit]

  • Microsoft power points
  • Paint, Gimp
  • Adobe Photoshop.
  • Audio / Yamaha Motif , sound recording using MIDI protocol and firewire.
  • Pinnacle 9.0
  • Windows Movie maker
  • Photoshop, inkscape, GIMP
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Premier, Pinnacle, Cinnelera, SMIL, KINO
  • Soundforge
  • Macromedia Captivate, paint and flash
  • Virtual dub
  • Corel.
  • MS paint
  • Macromedia Autoware
  • GNUPlot, matplotlib, GIMP, Kig, Xfig, Dia
  • OpenOffice Impress
  • LaTeX, OpenOffice
  • 3DS Max.

3 Resources available[edit]

  • Digital stills camera
  • VHS tape recorder
  • Software, e.g. Adobe Photoshop 7.0
  • VHS camera
  • DV camera
  • Range of software, e.g. A pinnacle video card install in my pc, Ulead release 9.
  • microphones are sometimes available, but few details were known.


4 Participants objective[edit]

I wanto to know how to reduce the noise in the videos.

  • - how 2 reduce the image/video size
  • - how 2 better compress/decomprss a video
  • - how 2 produc .gif images (animated)


Learn about:

  • technniques of creating rich-media webcasts / web streaming ...
  • audio/video recording/editing
  • training others
  • multimedia in lecture notes, deliver lectures, make presentations and exchange information
  • elearning: e-learning, secure and low bandwidth
  • video for teaching/learning
  • online courses
  • design, production, dissemination/broadcasting.
  • maps, images and audios for presentation
  • produce science videos.
  • choosing the right tools
  • interactive materials for off-line and on-line dissimenations
  • wiki
  • e-learning and webcasting.
  • online, interactive multimedia based course
  • Creation, Editing, Deployment/streaming
  • Composition: Video, Audio, Text
  • Managing Storage/Retrieval of RichMedia content


I want to learn about video streaming and video on demand

I am interested in everything in the workshop :) from social networking to the content

In this workshop, i want to gain knowledge and skills on developing materials for instructional content wherein i can use for the univeristy portal, http://portal.bsu.edu.ph/; and delivering (streaming) content on the web that is an open source and uses little bandwidth. Also, techniques in rich-media...


I like the idea of concentrating on the more manageable (than video creation) topics of audio with accompanying slides (from video snapshots of a blackboard or presentation software).

I'd like to get some ideas on educating resistant users about licensing, and promoting amongst traditional lecturers the augmenting of their material with multi-media. One has to take baby-steps not to overwhelm them. One has to create a culture around you in your institute so that everyone understands collaborative content creation and gets exctited about it.

As a system administrator I expect to also concentrate on mirroring and caching issues, connectivity issues, codecs and quality issues to balance low bandwidth and material of the correct quality.

Personally I often refuse to work with nonfree software (in the GNU sense). Here I hope to "know my enemy" a bit. I do already compromise on some issues (we run skype, flash, realplay, and w32codecs at our institute, which allows me to run on a purely Linux platfom). So I will see where a to consider some of these a necessary evil in the bigger picture or longer run.

We will soon redesign our aging and soon-to-be-embarrassing website. It should be user friendly, have extremely fine-grained control of authentication, almost social-software-like, ease our application system (we are writing an application database) and incoporate wiki, drupal, application database (and all contacts), good smooth modern looks, ease-of-use, open protocols and standards, educational content, and some of the issues discussed here will help me consider the 1) standards and 2) educational content sides of this.