by erinflood

One year ago, OEDN announced today the formation of an Academic ITV Software Developer Kit (AISDK) program with the Center for Media Design at Ball State University as its first participating school.

Ball State has been prototyping various interactive television applications using OCAP and EBIF tools over the past few months. With the help of Vinayak Tanksdale, Instructor of Computer Science, we’re pleased to bring you regular updates from the program. Vinayak has designed vital software for a variety of groundbreaking projects since starting at Ball State in 2001. He’s been able to work with faculty across disciplines on projects involving art, journalism, music and telecommunications.

Specifically for OEDN, the Center for Media Design has been using Ensequence tools and the TVWorks XDK to do rapid prototyping of various interactive features.  As part of this process, they have leveraged interfaces that originated for the Windows Media Center and have re-implemented them using OEDN tools.

Ball State University has been developing interactive television interfaces using Windows Media Center technologies since 2006.  These interfaces feature interactive graphics for three news stories, widgets, interactive advertising, and customization.  Ball State University Center for Media Design’s Insight and Research group has conducted comprehensive usability testing on these interfaces.  These interfaces have been used for live news broadcasts as well as pre-recorded content.

Vinayak and his team have also developed widgets using ODEN tools. They are currently are planning an inter-disciplinary course in interactive political news and information using C-SPAN content.  Faculty members and students from Political Science, Computer Science, and Journalism Graphics will be working on this in the Spring 2010 semester.

The master plan for this C-SPAN ETV app is to focus on a specific national issue such as healthcare, judicial hearings, etc. to design an interface, develop it, build content, and test it.  Insight and Research personnel will be actively involved in usability testing at multiple times during the semester.  They plan to use the proven Research Informed Design process to build the interface.  Political Science students will collect and index content, Journalism Graphics students will design the interface, and Computer Science students will implement the interface using OEDN tools.  The collective experience in successfully developing television and mobile interfaces in an inter-disciplinary fashion will help to develop this interface and deploy it over cable networks.

We are very excited about the strategic approach Ball State University has applied to the OEDN AISDK and look forward to sharing news of progress going forward.