The University of Newcastle Access Grid (AG) is a collaborative tool which permits geographically distributed groups to interact in real time. The equipment includes computers, cameras, projectors, microphones (echo cancellation hardware) and SmartBoards.
This technology provides Access Grid participants the ability to hear and see each other, as well as share documents, in real time without delays. This provides an opportunity to work together when convenient, rather than having to travel to meetings or conferences around Australia and the world.
The software is Open Source and was originally developed by the Futures Laboratory at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Chicago. The AG software is currently used in over 50 countries. For more information on the world of Access Grids, visit http://www.accessgrid.org.
The basic software is supplemented by applications from various sources to permit sharing of PowerPoint presentations, desktops, browsers and drawing surfaces to name a few.
In the context of the University, this tool will provide benefit in the area of high-level teaching (honours level and above) as well as academic collaborative work (brain-storming) sessions. It will also prove to have relevance in seminars, tutorials, training and large-scale distributed meetings.
Booking an Access Grid Session
To book an Access Grid session, please complete the form Access Grid - Booking Form, then either
- print it (or open it and fill it in) and send it by mail to “Juliane Turner in Mathematics”
- save it, fill it in and e-mail it to Juliane Turner.
Note that when you are booking the Access Grid you should specify the information detailed in the “Meeting Details” section below.
The following e-mail contact can be used to obtain further information about Access Grids located within The University of Newcastle - AGR@Newcastle.edu.au
For contacts to schedule an external Access Grid session, please visit the (global AG node listing) to obtain the contact details for the various external AGs.
To assist with the Access Grid meeting, please supply the following information (example information provided in italics).
|Sample of information required|
|Date:||21 March 2010|
|Time:||1pm - 3pm (Remember other sites may be in a different time zone)|
|On-going booking:||Semester 1|
|AG Venue:||UNewcastle Venue (This is the AG Virtual Venue used for meeting)|
|Purpose/Course Name:||AG1010 - Person xyz will be providing a presentation to external sites|
|Sites:||“USyd AG Node", “UoW AG Node", "QUT AG Node" and "UQ AG node"|
|Contacts:||Bill Smith (W.Smith@Uni.ed.au)|
|Extras:||There will be a PowerPoint presentation from UWS, and therefore, we will need to use VenueVNC to receive the presentation to the remote sites. (If you are not sure of the technologies requires, simply stating that there will be presentations from site X will be very useful.|
Access Grid Nodes
|V206 – Callaghan Campus
Room Structure (Equipment used)
|Cameras||4 cameras are employed:
|Control Machine 1||
|Control Machine 2||
|Mathematics Staff Notebook - Callaghan Campus
Room Structure (Computers Used)
Procedures and General Information
- Access Grid Installation Guide for Fedora 8
- Access Grid 3 All in one Installer for Windows
- Access Grid Global Quality Assurance Program
For any additional information, you may wish to visit the following websites:
The Asia Pacific AccessGrid Website (APAG)
International AccessGrid Website ( www.accessgrid.org)
Access Grid Documentation (AG-Doc)
Access Grid Documentation (AG-Projects)
International List of Access Grids (AG Nodes)