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Rockefeller State Park Website. Developed By Arati Avhad Xue Li Shirali Agrawal Proceedings of Student Research Day, CSIS, Pace University ,  May 9th, 2003. Client. Dr Charles Tappert (CSIS Pace) Dr Peggy Minnis (Dyson Pace) Katrina Shindledecker (Rockefeller State Park).

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Rockefeller State Park Website

Developed By

Arati Avhad

Xue Li

Shirali Agrawal

Proceedings of Student Research Day, CSIS, PaceUniversity, May 9th, 2003

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  • Dr Charles Tappert (CSIS Pace)

  • Dr Peggy Minnis (Dyson Pace)

  • Katrina Shindledecker (Rockefeller State Park)

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Why the website?

  • To attract more visitors, volunteers, and donors to the preserve

  • No source of information easily available for the Preserve

  • In today’s age Internet is the most effective medium to reach people

  • Websites have a major share in making most of the US parks popular

  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve needs an online presence for broader visibility

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What is the website?

  • The “Rockefeller State Park Website” is an attractive and interactive information gateway to the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which will help in attracting more and more visitors to the park.

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What is the website?

  • The site presents:

    • historical, geographical, geological and botanical information about the preserve

    • information about the facilities, activities and programs in the preserve

    • interactive trail maps

    • 180 and 360-degree panoramic tours of the park

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Tools used

  • HTML / JavaScript / CSS

  • Java Applets

  • IBM HotMedia

  • ESRI ArcView GIS

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver

  • Adobe Photoshop

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ArcView GIS

  • A powerful and easy-to-use tool, that brings geographic information to your desktop

  • Gives the power to visualize, explore, query and analyze data spatially

  • ArcView uses MrSID image format. This is a multiresolution wavelet-based image format

  • Various geographical data are stored in ArcView using x, y, z coordinates for longitude, latitude and elevation

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ArcView GIS

  • Geographical data can overlay the aerial photograph already stored in the system. One can then create a single view with a certain data superimposed on the aerial photograph giving a contextual image.

  • One can query data satisfying certain attributes and as a result that data gets highlighted on the view.

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IBM HotMedia

  • HotMedia can provide special effects such as:

    • Streaming audio

    • Panoramic views

    • Animations

    • Panning and scrolling

    • Synchronized audio

    • Zoomable multi-resolution images

    • Hot links

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IBM HotMedia

  • One can assemble the entire experience into one file that is easily added to a Web page and delivered over today's networks.

  • HotMedia dynamically determines the minimal code and data content, which is needed and downloads it progressively.

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IBM HotMedia

  • This code being based on Java applet technology requires no plug-in or special media servers.

  • HotMedia works over standard HTTP protocol requiring no more than a standard Web server for all its current functionality.

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  • The site is structured into various sections based on the kind of information provided. Access to these sections is through a hierarchical dynamic menu system.

  • In addition to standard hyperlinks using HTML and JavaScript, the site contains hyper linked rich media content.

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Results & Conclusions

  • Visitors of the preserve can be in touch with the preserve from the comfort of their home.

  • They can keep themselves updated with the latest Park News, Special Events Schedule and other programs information.

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Results & Conclusions

  • With the interactive trail maps and panoramic views, first time visitors can get the realistic feel of the Preserve.

  • More serious hikers can plan their day ahead using the trail maps and accurate trail information provided on the site using the ArcView GIS data.

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Results and Conclusions

  • The HotMedia makes it possible for a non-technical organization like Rockefeller state Park Preserve to easily host interactive rich media content with no need to invest in special servers and software.

  • It makes it easy to view the rich media content even for the slowest dial up connection user with no need to download large plug-ins.

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Recommendations for Future Work

  • A Web Content Manager can be developed to facilitate to update of the site with new content by any non-technical person.

  • Follow-on projects can also be concerned with the creation of databases to store and algorithms to analyze and present various environmental data.

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