GlobalNOC Worldview makes a splash on the National Mall

IU is showcasing GlobalNOC Worldview in its exhibit at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. Hosted annually on the National Mall, the free event serves as not only cultural heritage expo but also a celebration of America's diversity and freedom of expression.

At IU's exhibit, visitors get to see the future of network visualization in action with Worldview. Similar to the iPad, but in much larger form, Worldview is an easy-to-use multi-touch system that allows visitors to view real-time data from the world's most powerful networks. They can also interact with physical landmarks and features on a global scale thanks to Worldview's integration with Google Earth. In fact, it only takes a few hand gestures to get a birds-eye view of everything from homes to exotic locales such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, or the Great Wall of China.

"Worldview is a sought-after, versatile tool that invites exploration and understanding about network visualization," said Dave Jent, associate vice president for networks. "Having it on display at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival allows us to educate the public about advanced networking, while promoting IU's status as a leading innovator in higher education technology." 

In addition to hands-on experience with Worldview, visitors to the IU booth can also:

  • Watch portions of a multimedia opera created by IUPUI music professor W. Scott Deal
  • Search digital archives on Hoosiers in the armed forces, the music of Hoagy Carmichael, or the writings of Frederick Douglass
  • Participate in an interactive art installation by digital artist Margaret Dolinsky, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at IU Bloomington

The GlobalNOC joins other IU participants from the offices of the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Information Technology, the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, the School of Library and Information Science, IU Libraries, the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, the Media Preservation Initiative, and Traditional Arts Indiana.

For more on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, see: festival.si.edu