[ESIP-all] How can Earth Update help disseminate your science?
reiff at rice.edu
Thu Jan 6 10:05:55 EST 2011
Dear ESIP friends:
Bottom line - if you have some cool graphics, engaging stories, neat
animations... and you want us to link to your website, please send me
the link! We especially want realtime graphics... today's wave
heights, etc., but any cool educational sample graphic that you create
As you all know, we developed museum kiosk software "Earth Update",
that has been on display at HMNS and at many museums since fall 2002.
Over 20,000 copies of that software suite are out there, mostly in the
hands of teachers. It gets annually updated with new topics. The
entire software suite comprises five modules: Atmosphere, Biosphere,
Geosphere, Hydrosphere and Cryosphere, plus three games; TicTacToe (a
knowledge game with rules like Hollywood Squares), HotSpots (a game to
find the highest or lowest places on earth, and the places with the
highest population) and DataMiner (a data plotting activity with data
from World Resources Institute). Each module can be a separate kiosk,
as can TicTacToe-cryosphere versus TicTacToe-hydrosphere, etc., so at
"Earth Forum" at HMNS there are 24 computers each showing a different
piece of the software (e.g. each module separately, each TicTacToe
separately). (The TicTacToe game is by far the most popular!) The
museums and teachers can edit the TicTacToe game to customize the
So, we'd like your advice on improving Earth Update! What topics/
images/movies/realtime data should we include in the 2011 version?
Please check out the online version of Earth Update to see the topics
presently in the suite:
and the online version of the activities at
The software on the DVD is NOT html - it is written in Macromedia
Director, so that is safe for an unattended kiosk, and the price comes
with a key for the "fullscreen" version that blanks out the menus so
it is safe for unattended use. And our "topics" modular system allows
the user to customize the display with more local content. Some of
the data are daily updating images - for those, the software always
remembers the most recent choice, so if you have it on a computer
without internet access, it doesn't fail.
Anyway, if you have topics, images, animations, and activities that we
can include on the next version of the disk, please send me a link.
If it's an image that updates daily (or weekly), etc., we need one
that that the url doesn't change from day to day. We will create a
"topic" file in the relevant module (e.g. biosphere), and give you
credit, and also have a link for "more information". So, for each
image or movie (almost any format), we need:
url of the graphic (does it update daily)?
a caption for it
a title for it (does it answer if a question? if so, give us the
a url for "more information"
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