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Name of Collaboratory :


Collaborative Stereoscopic Access Grid Environment (CSAGE)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2004 End Date : 2007 Info Last Updated : Wed, Dec 8 2010 11:01pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  

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Domain(s) :

  MATHEMATICS/COMPUTER SCIENCES >Computer Science >Information Science and Systems  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


This project had strict objectives to develop a Virtual Research Environment for both the Natural Sciences and the Arts and Humanities communities, which would bring together the use of semi- immersive graphics presentation, using stereoscopic projection, to the users’ work place and also be integrated within the video conferencing system of the Access Grid.

This project was aimed at a very small part of a complete VRE, focussing on delivering best practice to the data storage, annotation and presentation pipeline of a standard research programme.

The main features were:
- construction and use of semi-immersive portable stereoscopic facilities to increase levels of ‘presence’ when viewing and exploring users data sets;
- software and hardware development and integration within the Access Grid environment;
- the recording of performances, in the same digital format, within a framework playable by a larger community base as and when required; and
- the dissemination of use and practice through user driven workshops and surgery events.

The final, second generation system, is far from a polished product, but so far they have found ways around the current inadequacies of the system to make it a useful tool.

One measure of success was the adoption of part of these software and hardware tools by the research communities themselves. As the hardware equipment cost a reasonable amount of money (£5K-£10K) and required some time to build and use well, it is worth reporting that there have been a number of groups actively building or raising funds to construct similar systems. Most have considered just one or two of the key components.


Access to Instruments :

  All software, links to where to buy hardware, and documentation are freely available at their Website.

As of 2009, the System was co-publicised and co-aided through vizNET, and offered a free hire scheme for equipment.

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University of Manchester
   School of Computer Science (University of Manchester)
Project Partner
University of Southampton
Project Partner

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Project-reported performance data :

  There have been eighty+ events distributing, both publicity and use, during the programme, to literally 1000's (although many, 450 where at one location). This has moved the sessions from purely dissemination to now use of the tools.  
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