Big Book OF AV Page 233 Digital Signage Players, Content and Connectivity

DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLAYERS, CONTENT AND CONNECTIVITY 233 Blazing a Trail: NEC's Displays Bring Data to Life in University's New "Idea Incubator" Space Higher education facilities have long been leaders in discipline- based research and development that changes the course of history and furthers scientific progress, and to continue this tradition, Universities are always on the lookout for innovative new ways to learn, teach, research and collaborate. So when a Seattle university's Health Sciences Library decided to add a new space on campus to enhance research data analysis and allow multidisciplinary collaboration, administrators wanted something more than just another conference room. The Challenge In light of this mission, the library formed a partnership with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, the University of Washington Medicine Research Information Technology, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Pacific Northwest Region in the summer of 2015. The partnership wanted to create and fund a space on campus that would accelerate health research and innovation by supporting researchers and investigators in the University of Washington community and allow a multifaceted approach to research. "Transforming learning spaces and medical libraries for the researchers and investigators working in a university in 2025 is going to require bona-fide [interactive] spaces that have been tested for proof of concept, [as well as] not remaining constrained, even trapped, by the need to stay close to our traditional approaches in research universities," said Tania Bardyn, associate dean and director of the Health Sciences Library. With this goal in mind, the partnership began exploring what this space might look like. The Requirements There were two main requirements for the collaboration space. First was the location. The campus is large, with researchers located on both the north and south sides, so the space had to be centrally located. The Health Sciences Library was a good fit location-wise, and had another attractive feature: a larger budget than some of the other departments on campus, according to Emily Patridge, assistant director of clinical research and data services at the University of Washington. "The researchers don't have a lot of space - some of them are lucky to even have their own desks - so this was an opportunity to come to a shared location, use equipment their departments might not be able to fund, and do multidisciplinary collaboration," she said. This meant the space required the latest technology, and the Quick Facts Facility: University of Washington Location: Seattle, Washington Challenge: Create a new campus space for data visualization of health sciences research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Challenge: An immersive presentation space that gives researchers and clinicians a collaborative area for data visualization projects, 3D imaging and presentations. Solution: 2x3 Video Wall with NEC X555UNV Displays Date: November 2016 CASE STUDY

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