Web-cam's potential for collaborative activities in the Earth sciences

Benjamin J. Kadlec, David A. Yuen, Xili L. Yang, Evan F. Bollig, Yunsong Wang, Gordon Erlebacher, Maxwell Rudolph

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We report here our experiences from using easily acquired web-cam components for collaborative ventures in the Earth sciences. We have used a variety of hardware and different software. We demonstrate from various locations in the U.S.A. the feasibility of using web-cam in multitudinous activities, relevant for conducting research and knowledge dissemination. We summarize the quality of the connections from the various combinations of communicating parties. Today, web-cams can be utilized as an economical and viable means of point-to-point communication in the Earth science community. Greater bandwidth is sorely needed for activities such as multi-party conferencing on the present internet network. We propose that web-cam can be readily deployed as a web-service for facilitating collaborative research over the GRID infrastructure, using the middleware Narada-Brokering. Web-cam will play an important role in the emerging field of geoinformatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61
Number of pages1
JournalVisual Geosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


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