DIT is one of Ireland’s largest higher education Institutes with a history stretching back more than 125 years. There are 21,000 registered students and approximately 2,000 staff in DIT. The Digital Media Centre (DMC) is a multidisciplinary research group within the Faculty of Applied Arts and has an extensive portfolio of national and EU projects. The DMC has been a partner in a wide range of projects funded under frameworks 4, 5 and 6 of the National Qualifications Framework. It was a partner on the CIPHER FP5 project, co-ordinated by the Open University in which it developed interactive 3D Heritage Narratives. It participated in the IP SALERO for intelligent media content, and STREP EASAIER, and was the co-ordinating contractor for the STREP ICING in the area of ambient intelligence for city services and administrations.
At a national level, the DMC has a long history developing state-of-the-art Cultural Heritage (CH) interfaces, dating back to the i3g project in 2000, investigating multi-modal and 3D web delivery of the National Gallery of Ireland collection. In 2002 the DMC secured a contract from Enterprise Ireland to develop a 3D simulation environment for testing mobile Cultural Heritage Interfaces (CHI) in partnership with Oracle Group. A new Multimodal Interaction Laboratory (MMIL) has recently been constructed within the DMC, with initial financial support from Enterprise Ireland (EI). DMC is a key partner in the Digitial Repository of Ireland (DRI) project where it leads the Interfaces work package.
Role, Contributions to the Project, Expectations of Outcomes
DIT is responsible for designing and developing the multi-modal and accessible user interfaces to DRI. These interfaces will be refined over the course of the demonstration phase in response to user feedback. The DRI user interfaces will include standards based multi-modal rendering technologies (e.g. animated media, streaming audio and video) and client side scripting for enhanced performance and user experience. Where appropriate, these interfaces will also allow for access to DRI resources from mobile devices.