SPIEGEL TV (SPTV)
Film Institute (BFI)
Research Network (DFN)
Centre (URZ) University of Münster
of Sociology (IFS) University of Münster
1998 SPIEGEL TV was replaced by
Münster / Offener Kanal
tasks out of the SPIEGEL TV contract were taken over by
SNT Mediaconcept, Münster
Workareas of the call which are covered
Education / Training - Arts, culture, entertainment
- Science information in the mass media (TV and Internet)
according to contract
"The project advances the dissemination of science information through
educational multimedia-devices and commercial online-services in close
relation with mass media ventures. The methods introduced in the project
will improve access of local residents to services, through new public
oriented pedagogical tools, develop human resources and significantly
increase the competitiveness of less favoured groups as a result of
sex, distance or age."
...more than 50 'deliverables'...
of the call
These objectives were formulated in the original proposal:
production of conceptually and aesthetically innovative science videos
for educational settings and the development of science online-services
for Internet-user-groups based on these TV programs." - Results: The
project has produced 9 science TV programs for broadcast and numerous
online-presentations of science content (storyboards and interfaces).
"The use of such science videos in various educational settings, including
‘tele-universities’, privileged and deprived milieus etc." - Results:
The project has tested and evaluated science TV programs and Internet
offerings in various settings, mainly university teaching (IFS) and
socially diversified milieus (BFI).
"The acceptance of science online-services designed to move from information
to individualised expert counselling." - Results: The project has not
been able to establish 'individualised expert counselling services'
within a commercial online-service, due to the cessation of the SPTV
partnership in 1998. Other online-offerings, though, have been developed
SPTV had been expected to provide the mass media basis for our project.
During the first year (1997) vigorous efforts were made to direct part
of the formidable production facilities of SPTV into the project. The
pre-production, production and broadcast of 3 science TV programs rendered
valuable insights and tangible experience. Commercial considerations,
though, prevented a truly experimental format. Such experiments, we
learned, would have called for much higher and specific funding. The
management of the SPIEGEL Verlag (mother of SPTV) terminated, for economic
reasons, the contract in March 1998.
Film Institute, London
The BFI, the largest European public service organisation promoting
the development of film, television and video, has provided, as expected,
through its Research Department, the facilities and expertise to evaluate
international science TV programming and to conduct (within the funding
limits) surveys and focus groups. This has led to extensive reports
and evaluations which are unique in the field. In addition, the BFI
archives have provided support in many cases.
Research Network, Berlin
The German Research Network (DFN), which offers a value-added service
based on the central institutions (relays and gateways) of the science
network WIN etc., was expected to provide high speed accesses to the
Internet for science TV programming by SPTV. This was facilitated, but
- due to the production routines of SPTV - not actualised. In addition,
the DFN offered support in the production of the various interfaces
and 'shells' for TV and Internet presentation and, finally, took over
the production of one demonstration TV program.
Centre, University of Münster
The URZ was expected to and did provide local support in terms of value-added
scientific communication technology, mainly in the field of Internet-TV
related image 'grabbing' and on many levels of intra-university co-operation.
of Sociology, U of Münster
The IFS, based on its activities in establishing the content side of
electronic information and communication infrastructures at the University
of Münster, co-ordinated the project as a whole, produced the majority
of the 'content presenting' storyboards and interfaces, supervised the
production of the SPTV, WDR and DFN programs and co-produced the TV
Münster programs. In addition, the teaching activities at this
institution (in the form of large seminars) provided the basis for surveys,
evaluations, various student activities (i.e. campus TV) and ongoing
applications of the results in adult education and telelearning. The
IFS is also responsible for the publication and dissemination of the
results of the EPS-project.
The WDR came into the project as a sponsoring partner (non-funded) after
SPTV left. Its well established science program 'Quarks&Co.'
was to provide a platform for further experiments to interconnect science
on the Internet and in TV. All efforts were concentrated on developing
a 'working Internet interface for TV' to be used in the large live studio
facilities of 'Quarks&Co.'. An intensive co-operation between 'company
b', the WDR and the IFS ensued, resulting in a elaborate 3-D-interface
solution that was used in one live program in late 1998. All this took
place under 'pre-contract' conditions. Due to very late arrival of the
amended contract from Brussels (April 1999) WDR was not able to make
further plans for applications of the interface in 1999.
Münster / Offener Kanal, Münster
TV Münster became the other 'substitute' for SPTV as a funded contractor.
This open / public channel produced 4 'European Popular Science'-TV
programs which explored various formats suited for Campus or University
TV productions. The idea was to merge 'grass roots efforts' and a fairly
professional 'shell' (produced by company b and SNT Mediaconcept respectively)
that could be re-used not only on a local, but also on a European level
by universities etc.
company b, Babelsberg
This highly innovative company was part of the 'Europäisches Filmzentrum
Babelsberg' and had been recommended to us by, among others, the ISPO
project officer. company b entered a very fruitful co-operation with
the IFS, the DFN, the BFI and the WDR discussing the feasibility of
a powerful 3-D-Interface Internet-TV for TV and even movie productions.
This project in some ways proved to be way ahead of the actual willingness
of science TV producers to change their routines. company b developed
an interface for 'Quarks&Co.' and had started other developments,
when, in August 1999, it collapsed due to corporate re-arrangements
at the 'Europäisches Filmzentrum'.
SNT Mediaconcept, Münster
SNT in September 1999 took over, with ISPO's consent, the remaining
tasks of company b (in terms of assistance) and produced the re-usable
'shells' for the 4 programs by TV Münster. This local co-operation
will prove helpful for future Campus TV activities based on the project.
Production of popular science videos
for educational settings and development of science-online information
The original contention of our proposal that "content production
has not kept pace with the advance of communication technologies" and
that "educational institutions still find reason to hold back on adopting
a multimedia approach" has proven to be prophetic. All the efforts of
our project - which by ISPO itself was touted as "making
science 'cool' for the new generation" - have only made a dent in
the prevailing separation between so-called serious science and the
young generation, which, "through mass media exposure, has been intellectually
socialised by these seemingly ‘illegitimate’ forms of knowledge" (cf.
original proposal). We feel that our concepts for TV production and
our content production and presentation experiments for online-purposes
came several years too early. They should be realised now. On the other
hand, especially on a local and regional level (multimedia university
learning, adult education in media competence, local public TV etc.)
we have made satisfactory headway.
Evaluation of the educational impact of popular science videos and of
The methodological problems of reaching "individuals and groups
- students and trainees - in educational settings undertaxed by the
visual quality of their learning situation and overtaxed by the unresolved
dilemmas of the educational system" (original proposal) were solved
by concentrating on two populations, students at the University of Münster
and focus groups in the UK, selected by the BFI. Due to the content
production tasks of the project it was not possible to fund quantitative
research, so qualitative forms of observation and evaluation were used,
which have flowed into various reports and publications. In addition,
our 'evaluated experience' has been directly converted into university
teaching experiments, adult media competence training at the University
of Münster, a telelearning project, student activities concerning
campus TV etc.
Production of 9
produced three science TV programs with SPIEGEL TV: 'Der
konservierte Mensch. Botschafter aus der Geschichte' ; 'Das
Geheimnis der Affensprache' ; 'Die
Erben des Sherlock Holmes. Wie Wissenschaftler Verbrechen aufklären'.
One 'Quarks&Co.' TV program was produced with the WDR: 'Wie
wir sterben', including a 3-D-Web-TV-studio
interface. Four 'European
Popular Science'-TV programs were produced with TV Münster:
und Sterben', 'Zur
Hölle mit der Natur. Ewiges Leben durch moderne Technik?',
Aufbruch der Gehirnforschung', 'Phantastische
Wissenschaft', introducing a re-usable 'shell'
for campus TV productions. One science TV program was produced with
the DFN: 'Sequences
of the future', demonstrating the activities of the DFN and using
a novel interface for merging Internet and TV. The nine productions
use different formats exploring the feasibility of science presentation
within the limits of the present mass media system.
and interfaces for organising science content on the Internet and in television
The IFS, in collaboration
with its partners, developed various methods of 'storyboarding'
beginning with simple tools for research and pre-production and leading
to online-versions of all the films produced - SPIEGEL-Online, WDR-Online,
TV Münster-Online, DFN-Online. In addition, the IFS developed several
special interfaces for science content presentation on the Internet:
Westfalia - War in the World', 'Die
grösste Show des Jahrtausends', 'Fantastic
Trek' etc. Interfaces for teleteaching, 'Telewissen',
and multimedia university teaching, cf.seminar
websites, were developed. A major contribution of the project are
'interfaces for television' produced for the WDR, TV Münster and
DFN programs: an interface
for live TV studio navigation in cyberspace, an interface or 'shell'
for campus TV productions and an interface
for general TV and Internet purposes.
and evaluations of science in TV programming and on the Internet
The BFI conducted a survey
of science TV programming in North America and in Europe, 'Programming
audit - best practices', expanded on the possibilities of 'making
science cool' within the existing framework of public and private science
results - making science cool', reported on Internet use in various
educational setting in the UK, 'Web
pages as a value added service', and on a focus group survey, 'TV
website content and use'. The IFS installed a comprehensive 'science
media directory' and produced reports and papers on various aspects
of the project, among them reports for the INET99, 'Broadcasting
the Web. Interfaces for science and the mass media', and for the
German ISKO-conference 1999, 'Wissenschaftsvernetzung,
Internet und Interface-Design für die Massenmedien', and a
paper on 'pre-production
Project members have drawn
from their experience with the project in articles dealing with, for
example, 'Net communities' (R. Rilling), 'Virtuality in the social sciences',
'Interface culture' (H.J.Krysmanski) and 'Media literacy' (C.MacCabe).
Two book publications by members of the project team are in progress:
'Media Competence for Scientists. Results of the European Popular Science
Information Project' and 'Fantastic Science: A Primer for the Media'
( both at Waxmann Verlag).
Dissemination of results
and future plans
In conjunction with the University of Münster, the Deutsche
Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) and the DFN, the IFS will conduct
training courses for scientists (for a national clientele, commencing
May 1999), drawing from the contacts and expertise gained through the
EPS-project. A telelearning
program has reached its experimental stage, involving the University
of Münster and possibly the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin. Further
production of science campus TV programs will be promoted by the DFN,
the University of Münster and TV Münster.
of work done with that described in the project workplan
tasks outlined in the contract were completed.
a more general level, though, the departure of SPIEGEL TV in early 1998
changed the whole texture of the original project in the sense that
we were forced to 'diversify' and to explore side roads in order to
pursue the project goals. This has led to the accumulation of a multitude
of relevant and interesting aspects - as the following list of deliverables
of project experiences
resistance of the two cultures - (commercial) mass media and (academic
/ public) science institutions - against the digital revolution
was underestimated. At the outset of the project SPIEGEL TV as
well as the BFI were still almost exclusively using analogue technologies,
although plans for 'digitalisation' had been touted at both places.
In addition, the production routines and the time regimes at organisations
like SPTV and the WDR on one hand and at our scientific partner
institutions on the other did not mesh too well: hectic last minute
activities vs. carefully planned inputs coming too late, for example.
What has been missing here - and seems to be typical for the European
situation - was a common 'digital and multimedia culture' as one
would find in the USA.
management and co-ordination, which in spite of the disruptions
went rather smoothly, would have been aided by an interactive
software program for cooperation. So we would recommend that ISPO
should try to provide projects of this type (spanning different
production cultures) with some sort of a co-operative software
and even make the granting of funds dependent on the acceptance
of such a system by all partners.
also recommend to call for projects that develop common 'techno-cultural'
ground, a common multimedia culture for institutions working with
the Internet / digital multimedia on one hand and institutions
of the traditional media (TV, book publishers etc.) on the other.
Within our own project we came closest to this with our 'interfaces
what we demonstrated is, that fairly elaborate multimedia products
- be it videos or websites - can also be produced in a grass roots
manner, as we have shown on a local level in Münster. Students,
for example, have produced some remarkable Internet presentations
within the project. And: with the help of a local open TV channel
and the addition of a professional 'shell' it was possible, using
amateur equipment, to produce campus TV programs of good quality
that have been praised by the local scientific community. This
kind of spreading a multimedia 'micro-culture' should be encouraged.
by target groups
was intensive feedback coming from the students of our many mass seminars
at the U of Münster. More than 200 students were included at one
time or another in the activities of the project, as consumers of videos,
as users of websites, as producers of websites and as producers of videos
within the TV-Münster effort. Here, the project has left us with
a bright and interested group, of which many are working their way into
media professions. About 10 M.A. and Ph.D. theses are in the making.
members have attended a number of conferences and have presented first
results, notably at the bi-annual congress of the German Education Association
'Medien - Generation', March 1998 in Hamburg, and at the conference
of the German section of ISKO, September 1999 in Hamburg (we have been
invited back for the next conference).
TV programs of SPTV at Vox, of 'Quarks&Co.' at the WDR and of TV-Münster
have resulted in some consumer feedback, which has been analysed in
our reports. The same holds for the users of our online-presentations
(SP-Online, WDR-Online, Die Zeit-online, publikom). The BFI reports
3 and 4 also contain such information.
tried to provide a systematic view of the project's workarea and therefore
we ourselves were dependent on the outlay of the results in the final
report before 'spreading the word'. Due to this character of the project
the main target groups - scientists interested in mass media activities
and media producers interested in science content - are just beginning
to be addressed.
use of the project’s results, ongoing and planned activities
the scope of the contractors
of Münster and TV Münster are going to enter a cooperation
for more campus TV productions using the 'shell' and the project experience.
The DFN will use the EPS-program 'Sequences of the future' as
a basis for presenting its work in television (ARD, Einstein-Channel'
The WDR is still interested in the project (i.e. storyboard applications)
and offers EPS team members the opportunity to contribute as science
May 2000, the University of Münster in conjunction with the Deutsche
Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) will conduct nationally advertised
seminars for scientists based on the EPS-project experience and
its contacts (director: H. J. Krysmanski).
Based on the telelearning concept 'Telewissen' experimental multimedia
teleteaching will commence at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences,
U of Münster, and, possibly, at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin.
Other forms of multimedia teaching initiated by EPS, incorporating Internet
and TV productions, will continue at the IFS.
writings by various members of the EPS team are planned on
competence for scientists
Content generation and science fiction
Interface culture and the windows-metaphor
Adult education: The above activities also apply to groups outside
of universities including media workers, professionals etc.
Telelearning: In case the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin, adopts
the concept 'Telewissen', activities based on multimedia devices will
move into the field of political education (politische Bildung) for
a wide range of groups including youth and the handicapped.
DFN will assist in disseminating the results of the EPS-project within
its own system of projects ('test beds'), promoting awareness for the
cultural and aesthetic (not only technological) dimensions of science
List of films
are relevant and current in the sense that they are now being used as
examples in our media competence training for scientists and that the
experience is being reflected
in our writings and in future projects. The pre-production and production
of these programs was characterised by the confrontation between the
two cultures of commercial mass media routines (SPTV) and of academic
culture to which the EPS team and its scientific contacts belong. For
research, scriptwriting and co-operation our storyboarding method was
developed - which evolved into presentations for SPIEGEL-Online. The
EPS team took part in shooting and editing of the films, but was able
to only marginally influence the format, which was determined by commercial
considerations. The same held true for the selection of the themes -
mummies, apes, crime - which were completely mainstream.
(SPTV): The program, aired 5 December 1997 was commercially successful,
with a market share of 3.5 % (well above Vox average). The BFI contributed
footage. There was extensive Internet research, some Internet images
were used. Various types of storyboards and online-presentations were
produced and tested.
Geheimnis der Affensprache'
(SPTV): The program, aired 12 December 1997 had a market share of
1.7 %, which was disappointing to the management. As far as format
and quality was concerned, it was the best of the three. It was the
one first re-broadcast, in a slightly altered version, by Alexander
Kluge in one of his dctp-shows. Research on the part of the IFS had
been intensive. Footage by the BFI and the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen
Film, Göttingen, had been secured.
Erben des Sherlock Holmes - Forensic'
(SPTV): The program was aired 19 December 1997, market share 2.5 %
(average). The EPS-project had provided extensive scripts, Internet
material and qualified experts. The quality of the show was conventional,
in spite of elaborate storyboards etc. Online presentation (SP-Online)
was marred by the fact that copyright considerations (that could not
be quickly resolved) prevented the use of images.
The following WDR-program
is current and valid as a model for interface-solutions Internet-TV
in large, live studio-settings:
(WDR): The program was aired 17 November 1998. It contained, on an
experimental basis, a section where a 3-D-animated interface provided
an access to the Internet, showing the presenter navigating via a
large screen into 'cyberspace'. company b and the IFS had prepared
various versions leading into visually interesting websites. The presenters
decided on a visually toned down version because they felt that the
theme did not justify 'technical fireworks'. Still, the other versions
of the interface should still be available from the successors of
company b. Aspects of the production process and its realisation are
The following TV-Münster
videos are current and valid as model solutions for campus TV programming
using various resources, different levels of competence and formats.
All programs are 'held together' by a professional 'science campus TV
shell'. The four programs were aired repeatedly commencing 6 December
1999, to a potential audience of 150 000 households in the region. The
programs were co-conceived and co-produced by the EPS-team and TV-Münster
/ Open channel. Katy Teubener and Nils Zurawski of the IFS, who had
gained experience in the collaboration with SPTV and WDR, functioned
as main authors, directors and editors, drawing from local (university)
experts and situations. All programs were accompanied by complex online-information.
und Sterben' (TV Münster / SPTV): Here various dramaturgies
were tested to explore the dimensions of one central theme. There
was extended use of inserted images. The program was received very
well locally and within the university.
Hölle mit der Natur - Nanotechnology'
(TV Münster): Here the attempt was made to organise animations
and other images around a lengthy interview with a renowned local
expert on nanotechnology. The formal problem of 'talking heads', so
common in science programs, was addressed. Some limits of non-professional
camera-work and the existing editing equipment became evident. But
the 'shell' held up and this program, too, was well received.
- Aufbruch der Gehirnforschung'
(TV Münster): This program constituted a special case since much
of the video material was based on SPTV shooting for an EPS-program
on brain research in the summer of 1997 (partly at the U of Münster).
Rough cut original material (never broadcasted) of about 90 minutes
was edited and finalised at TV Münster, based on a script by
H.J.Krysmanski. One side idea was to reflect on the fact that TV channels
(private and commercial) by now have much interesting material in
their archives that could by re-used and re-combined under the aspect
of science communication.
Wissenschaft - Magazin'
(TV Münster): This program was done in magazine-format, deriving
its title from the doings and musings at the Institute of Planetology
at the U of Münster, which is one of the most mass media conscious
institutes here. This piece and the others were conceived and directed
by student groups with the help of the IFS and TV Münster. This
video reflected a common situation of campus TV efforts: heterogeneous
products from different sources. Here our idea of using a professional
'shell' proved to be particularly helpful. Good echoes on this program,
The final video,
by DFN and IFS, is current and valid as a model for using interfaces
to present science content and the work of scientific institutions in
advanced forms of TV programming and especially in environments where
TV and the Internet begin to merge.
of the future' (DFN / IFS): This video was developed after
it became clear that the second 'Quarks&Co.' program could not
be produced in time. We also thought it helpful to realise our ideas
of an interface Internet-TV without the restrictions of an existing
science program format. Another aspect was that the DFN, in spite
of all its powerful service functions to the German science community,
has not projected its work into the mass media in an adequate way.
The video will be used by the DFN as a starting point to develop working
contacts with public and private television (i.e. the ARD and, notably,
the new science 'Einstein channel' in Berlin).
List of storyboards / interfaces
The term 'storyboard'
refers to forms of visual presentation of (scientific) content within
the limits of Internet interfaces. Just as in the pre-production phase
of filmmaking etc., the storyboard here develops a narrative structure
suited for communication and co-operation between, for example, the
various groups involved in producing TV programs. But the storyboard
can also serve as an online-presentation of a TV program or it can stand
completely on its own, as an 'Internet narration'. The most important
aspect of Internet-TV convergence, though, seems to be the issue of
interfaces, i.e. the design of 'portals' or complex 'window arrangements'
suited to open up cyberspace for navigation (cf. Steven
Johnson, Interface Culture. How New Technology Transforms the Way
We Create and Communicate, HarperEdge 1997). The storyboards and interfaces
listed here are documented on the EPS-website.
Storyboards related to film
/ video / TV productions
The following storyboard-examples
are current and valid in the sense that most of them can still be retrieved
by the users from various TV-websites and that they serve as examples
for organising science content for (or after) TV production, in ongoing
design and teaching projects:
Pathfinder mission' (SPTV / SP-Online-Forum): This link collection
was organised as a research and treatment platform for a 1997 SPTV-program
(Vox) on the mission. In addition, the EPS-project provided experts
for a lengthy SP-Online-forum (which was one of the most successful
in this early phase of SP-Online).
konservierte Mensch - Mummies' (SPTV / SP-Online):This one
and the next three demonstrate the development of a storyboard in
various stages - from a pre-production tool to SP- / WDR-Online to
Language' (SPTV / SP-Online): see above.
Erben des Sherlock Holmes - Forensics' (SPTV / SP-Online):
und Sterben' (WDR-Online): see above.
'Zahlen lügen nicht - On numbers and statistics' (WDR):
This storyboard did organise extensive online-research into a treatment
/ script for WDR; the program was not realised.
Leben' (WDR-Online): This was a link collection organised
as a storyboard for another 'Quarks&Co.' program.
und Sterben' (TV Münster / EPS / publikom): This storyboard
and the next three, as they appear now, were designed to accompany
and deepen the information and content of the TV-Münster programs.
Behind them is a long line of 'working' storyboards and electronic
'treatments'. At the time of the airing of the programs these online-presentations
were accessible via the public information homepage of the City of
(TV Münster / EPS / publikom): see above.
Wissenschaft' (TV Münster / EPS / publikom): see above.
Hölle mit der Natur - Nanotechnology' (TV Münster,
EPS / publikom): see above.
here we have assembled a few more storyboards in various stages
of development and sophistication.
Interfaces for television
The following interface-examples
are current and valid in the sense that they represent some of the central
results of the EPS-project, namely various models and procedures ('shells')
for 'packaging' science content for TV productions:
(company b / WDR / IFS): The function of this interface ('Wie
was studio navigation of cyberspace in a realistic manner. Extensive
research on the 'topology' of cyberspace and its representation was
conducted. Some of the topologies ('Plumbdesign-Thesaurus',
were used as sources of inspiration. But with the funds available
it was not possible to merge the considerable 3-D-animation capabilities
of company b and the exciting research and design being done on 'cyberspace
topologies' elsewhere to the fullest extent. We think that projects
addressing this field - studio navigation of cyberspace that is not
just flashy and 'hype' but gives a true impression of the 'non-Euclidean'
geometry of cyberspace
- should be high on the agenda of information society promotion. Such
projects would touch the core of the digital information process and
they could have eminently practical application when the Internet
and TV really merge.
for campus TV
(SNT MediaPartners / IFS / TV Münster): This interface or 'shell'
was produced to provide a re-usable professional frame / packaging
for semi-professional or amateur videos coming out of scientific institutions
reflecting visually on their work etc. It was used in our TV-Münster
This effort therefore constitutes a model for starting campus TV efforts
that require - in addition to acquiring this interface or 'shell'
- little more than a local outlet (like an 'open channel') and local
initiatives based on (digital) amateur equipment. In this sense, we
are at present trying to interest the U of Münster in supporting
further productions with TV Münster, using this 'shell'. The
shell can also be adapted, at little cost, by other institutions and
might, we suggest, even be promoted for use through ISPO.
for general TV (DFN / IFS): This interface or shell was developed
through the DFN ('Sequences of the future') with the specific intention
of presenting science information through a 'window' equally well
suited for Internet and TV presentation. With growing bandwidth much
of what scientists are producing in the 'test beds' of the DFN can
not only be presented impressively on the Internet, but should also
find its way directly into TV presentations. The DFN, in this sense,
will use this EPS-product to promote this idea within its own, technically
oriented, clientele and with TV companies.
Storyboards / interfaces
for the Internet
The following storyboard
/ interface-examples are current and valid in the sense of presenting
various models of organising science / information content for the Internet:
An online presentation for the City of Münster website on occasion
of the 350th anniversary of the Westphalian Peace Treaty,
exploring ways of presenting peace research information on the Internet
for a wider audience.
science: An ongoing project to illustrate a special contention
of the EPS-project, namely that science presentation in the mass media
has to be linked to the science fiction tradition. This interface
is still under development as a TV interface, an Internet version
and also as background for a CD-ROM and book publication.
- history of a metaphor: This elaborate storyboard (which
for copyright reasons can only be shown with its introductory page)
is in preparation of a CD-ROM and book publication (beyond the EPS-project)
which will deal with the history of the interface ('window') in world
culture, partly as a future resource for interface design.
Trek: This fan website by one of our students was developed
into an interface for organising a mass seminar on science fiction
and popular culture (1998/99). All proceedings, student papers etc.
were integrated into the website, which has accompanied the EPS-project
since, gaining a certain stature in Star Trek fandom.
grösste Show des Jahrtausends - Die Zeit-Online: This
was an attempt, by Nils Zurawski, to tell a story consisting of a
lengthy text and elements of 'hypertext storyboarding' for a younger
audience. The online-presentation is accompanied by a reportage on
Interfaces for teleteaching
The following interfaces
are current and valid for follow-up projects in telelearning and university
(U of Münster): A survey of telelearning and teleteaching
projects in Germany was undertaken and a basic platform developed
for what can be called process-oriented, interactive telelearning
and / or science-oriented tele-discourse. This platform incorporates
simple software solutions for interaction and visual exchanges. It
will be, with assistance of the U of Münster, tested in the coming
semesters within the Faculty of Education and the Social Sciences.
In addition, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin, has expressed interest
to use the system for its political telelearning program.
Various seminar-websites: R. Rilling and H.J.Krysmanski have
used various forms of seminar-websites
as experimental platforms for what may be termed 'interfaces into
special science content' developing in cyberspace.
of reports, evaluations and assessments
The following reports
etc. are current and valid in the sense that they are being used in
a media competence training program for scientists, as sources for publications
of science media (1997): This initial survey was installed
on the EPS-website early in the project in order to evaluate the science
content of selected media (newspapers, magazines, TV / radio, science
technologies (1998): This report reflects on the technical
and organisational aspects of the pre-production process in the TV
industry that would have to be considered if the goals of the EPS-project
should really be implemented.
Film Institute, report 1: An extensive survey of science TV
programming in North America and Europe, 'Programming audit - best
Film Institute, report 2: An analysis of the formats and aesthetics
of science programming, 'Initial results - making science cool'.
Film Institute, report 3: Results of surveys in various educational
settings in the UK on web use ('Web pages as value added service').
Film Institute, report 4: Results of a focus group survey
in the UK ('TV websites content and use').
report: A report for the INET99 conference ('Broadcasting
the Web: Interfaces for Science and the Mass Media').
report: A report for the German ISKO section conference in
Sept. 99 in Hamburg ('Wissenschaftsvernetzung, Internet und Interface-Design
für die Massenmedien').
Various user tests and assessments: This material, notably
an extensive evaluation
of science programs by students, is documented at the EPS-website
and will be incorporated in the two major publications presenting
our results still in progress.
Others: Several large seminars (i.e. 'New
forms of scientific communication',
and the mass media',
society, internet and politics',
'Popular culture and science fiction', 'Campus
yielded interesting student papers. In addition, several M.A. and
PH.D. theses are in the making.
List of publications
R. Rilling, one of the early EPS-team members, has published several
articles drawing from the experience, i.e. 'Politik und Netz' (in:
Ch. Maar, C. Leggewie: Internet & Politik. Bollmann: Köln
1998); 'Internet & Politik: eine vertrackte Angelegenheit mit
Fragezeichen' (in: c`t 19/1998); 'Standing
in the middle of nowhere - where do you want to go today? - Über
das Verschwinden der flüchtigen Netzgesellschaften' (in:
I. Lohmann, I. Gogolin, eds.: Die Kultivierung der Medien. Erziehungs-
und sozialwissenschaftliche Beiträge. Leske+Budrich: Opladen
1999). He also maintains one of the most prestigious websites on Internet-policy
in Germany ('Wissenschaft
Krysmanski: H.J. Krysmanski has accompanied the project with
a number of publications for the social science community and general
neue Medien und soziologische Imagination' (in St. Hradil, ed.:
Differenz und Integration. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt 1997), 'Virtuelle
Welt, Computer und Gesellschaft' (in: Soziologische Revue, 1/99),
der Massenmedien durch die Welt der vernetzten Computer - und was
Wissenschaft damit zu tun hat' (in: I. Lohmann, I. Gogolin, eds.:
Die Kultivierung der Medien. Erziehungs- und sozialwissenschaftliche
Beiträge. Leske+Budrich: Opladen 1999), 'Windows
in Art - Interface Culture' (Patek Philippe Magazine, April 2000).
Colin MacCabe, head of research of the BFI during the project, contributed
a paper on occasion of the Congress of the German Education Association,
where the EPS-project was featured at one of the sessions: 'The
Geopolitical Aesthetic or How to educate through the media' (in:
I. Gogolin, D. Lenzen, eds.: Medien-Generation. Leske+Budrich: Opladen
Nils Zurawski was senior researcher in the project: 'Gesellschaftsbilder
in der Informationsgesellschaft' (in: H. Kubicek, R. Rilling et al,
eds., Machtfragen der Informationsgesellschaft. BdWi-Verlag: Marburg
Publications on 'Media competence
for scientists' and on 'Fantastic science: a primer for the
media' (plus CD-ROMs) - in German and English - are being prepared,
presenting results and consequences of the EPS-project in a form that
will be helpful in promoting media competence of scientists and, respectively,
will explore the relations between science presentation and science
fiction, mapping possible themes and subjects for the mass media.
These publications are being developed
within a media
competence program for scientists, conducted jointly by the
University of Münster and the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie,
Berlin, commencing in May 2000.
by H.J. Krysmanski,
Science. Media, Science and Power (in German),
in part reflects on the EPS-project