Graphics Co-ordinators Report
This article updates you on some current
projects which are underway. Later in this issue, I have summarised the
SIMA (Support Initiative for Multimedia Applications) projects which have
recently been approved. These will provide an excellent continuation of
the work carried out in the first 18 months of the project which led to 14
reports being produced. The 14 projects were selected from a set of very
good submissions to AGOCG and with limited funds we could only support a
relatively small number. The projects were chosen from a total of 51
proposals from 35 sites. If you do not subscribe to SIMA (only 50 for UK
Higher Education (HE) for all the reports) then get in touch and I will
send you an application form.
Colour Slide Set
Lindsay MacDonald is extending his slide set on the topic
of colour in computer graphics and producing a second set of slides. Both
sets will also be made available on PhotoCD with a viewer as well as being
available as 35mm slides.
CTI Centre for Art and Design
I chaired a meeting to discuss the
requirements for a CTI (Computers in Teaching Initiative of the Funding
councils) Centre for Art and Design. This led to a paper which has been
approved by the TLTP Advisory Group. An invitation to bid has gone out to
sites and it is hoped that the Centre can be commissioned in summer 1996.
This involvement has been part of ongoing discussions with people in art
and design as to how the centrally funded initiatives for IT through the
Funding Councils Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) can be taken
up by this subject area. Other AGOCG activities have included trying to
ensure better prices for software through CHEST and supporting CADE
(Computers in Art and Design Education) in its newsletter and workshops
programme following the successful CADE '95 Conference held in Brighton at
AGOCG Events for 1996
AGOCG have agreed that there will be the following
events during 1996: Video Conferencing Demonstration; Graphics Supporters
Event (possibly including a software show); Computer Graphics Curriculum
Workshop. Look out for promotions of these.
JISC Joins W3C
JISC has become a member of the WWW Consortium (W3C). This
entitles JISC to representation at meetings and involvement in decisions
about directions. Chris Lilley (C.Lilley@mcc.ac.uk) is to be the
representative for the next year. Chris will be setting up ways of people
inputting information through him and for him to let people in HE know
what is going on.
Other Things to Look Out For
Other developments which are currently
underway include: a review of public domain graphics user interface tools
(being funded directly via JISC); a Tcl/TK cookbook; and a review of
AGOCG WWW Pages
We would welcome comments on the AGOCG WWW pages
(positive, negative - but preferably constructive!).
The URL is:
Comments to me at any time please.