The KMi Stadium project has supported
a vast range of educational webcasting experiments within the Open
University and external clients. The logistics of managing such
events from a web based access point of view has led to the development
Stadium Backlot System.
The Stadium Backlot system facilitates
the management and maintenance of both live web casts
and replays. The management hierarchy allows for the organisation
of multiple venues, or event
groupings. In the Open University sample venues range from the Berrill
Lecture Theatre, one of our main large auditoria, to our Sound and
Vision Studios; an example of an event grouping would range from
a course webcast series, to the vice-chancellors open management
All the audience accessible pages generated by Stadium
Backlot, are defined by header, footer and template files, and
it is therefore
relatively easy to change the appearance of any given Stadium.
The content of the dynamically created audience web pages are
based on the time, the viewers location, and who they are. Consequently,
the events list page shows the current status of
events in the system, and viewable by the person from their current
The web page listing events at the
Berrill Lecture Theatre.
The web pages presenting a web cast event's details show the title,
date, speakers, venue and description of the event. Prior to the
event this page also contains a downloadable calendar file, and
it refreshes regularly to check to see if the event is ready to
At this point buttons appear on the web
page to allow the audience to enter the event (usually there
will be several buttons to allow the audience to pick a data rate
to their internet connection). After the event the managers of
the Backlot system can enable similar launch buttons for viewing
replays of the event.
An example of a title page of an
The management of Stadium Backlot is via secure
web page access (i.e. username and password system). Editing
and adding data to the system is via web based forms. Managers
of the system can have varying privileges from access right across
all Stadium to just specific tasks within specific Stadium.
An example of the type
of detailed management available.
Management tasks include:
Adding new Stadium
Adding/Editing Events, including uploading relevant media etc.
Adding/Editing speaker details
Berrill – http://stadium.open.ac.uk/berrill/
KMi Podium – http://stadium.open.ac.uk/podium/
AUA stadium - http://stadium.open.ac.uk/aua/
Webcast@OU - http://stadium.open.ac.uk/webcast-ou/