|The Access Grid is the
implementation of a set of technologies that makes use of the power of large
displays and multiple connections to bring large numbers of people together
into a common working environment. The
technology is growing out of the high-energy physics and computer science
community but is being adopted and improved by this social scientist oriented
group. Sheridan, for example, is a leader in television production and they
pioneered brining some of their expertise to the computer-literate, but
video-production challenged AG community.
The torch now has been passed on to ANU in Australia but the goal of
an easy to use, but enveloping collaborative environment still needs lots of
work. They’re also working on
integrating improved audio, video (DV and MPEG4) and recording technologies.