Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

Locational garden information & live expert commentary information on instances of plants and objects

Digital Locational Garden Information & Live Expert Commentary 3D information about the gardens, instances of plants, and accessibility has been recorded digitally in a GIS. This GIS data is used to: generate the 3D VRML models of the gardens; locate archived images that contain specific plants in one or more gardens; calculate the locations of a plant to direct the cameras in one or more gardens to point at each instance of the same plant; and enable bespoke searches for specific information such as accessibility.

The private section of the website contains the live camera controls, together with project specific files and work under development. Using the live camera controls Staff have been able to video conference between the two gardens, and so share experience online �virtually�, while controlling the remote cameras and discussing the view from the other garden.

The Web provides a facility that makes publication of instances that relate directly to particular experience on particular sites possible for the first time. Gardeners are not always articulate. The various recording processes described above need to be complemented by narrative skills in eliciting and explaining the expertise that is being deployed in these historic gardens.

The Valhalla project has demonstrated that it is possible to add value to conventional video surveillance systems and to integrate them into a larger spatial information system (or GIS). Video security systems are now commonplace across Europe. There are still some issues about coverage on sites which are diverse and split into discrete spatial cells, but these can be overcome by the sensible use of wireless technology and power from solar cells, as is already in use on some European motorways. The costs of this technology continue to decline. However the costs of realizing and organizing the data about the objects visible in the field of views of the cameras is not so easily reduced. This is the area of expertise demonstrated in this Trial.

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