What are the Michigan Lecture Archives?

15 January 2008

The Michigan Lecture Archives are a web-based collection of digital lectures, comprising indexed slide images, synchronized to high-quality audio and video of the speaker. The presentations can be viewed directly, in streaming mode, or can be downloaded for local viewing. No software application is required, other than a standard web browser with the free Real Player plug-in.

The University of Michigan ATLAS Collaboratory Project has been contracted by the ATLAS Collaboration since 2006 to record and archive lectures made during ATLAS and relevant LHC events at CERN and around the globe. Over the past several years, the Michigan team has recorded nearly 500 ATLAS lectures, including plenary sessions from Collaboration Weeks, relevant ATLAS and LHC-related workshops, and a variety of software and physics tutorials.


Q: Where do I find the archives?

A: Here are some useful links for starting your navigation:

Home - All Michigan Lecture Archives

ATLAS Home - All ATLAS-Specific Archives

ATLAS Meetings - Plenary Sessions and Other Relevant Meetings

ATLAS Tutorials - Software and Physics Tutorials


Q: What is the most recent event archived?

A: Archives of the LHC New Physics Signatures Workshop held Jan 5-11, 2008, in Ann Arbor MI, USA, can be found here.


Q: Where do I send my comments or my requests for events to be archived in 2008?

A: Please send all comments and requests to wlap@umich.edu


Q: What is the future for the Lecture Archives?

A: The Lecture Archives will soon change viewing format from Real Player to Flash. This change is facilitated by the fact that the archive format is a generic XML-based structure called the Lecture Object. By archiving the lectures and the associated material in standard formats, such as JPEG, MPEG-4, and XML, and avoiding proprietary formats, the long-term survival and quality of the lectures is assured. Lecture viewing formats for PDA's, such as the iPod, has also been demonstrated and proven to be a useful tool for the academic environment.

In the longer term, the Michigan team is investigating methods for completely automating the recording and archival process, including the usage of a robotic camera for video capture. This research and other developments have been reported most recently at CHEP 2007 (Computing in High-Energy Physics). A talk and contributed paper can be viewed here.Steven Goldfarb


Steven Goldfarb

University of Michigan


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