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The Requirements Continued

Institute of Translational Health Sciences specifically requested using digital signage to support the researchers. "We realized we didn't want just another conference room or another space to teach," Patridge said. "We wanted [the space] to have a unique signature, so we could provide something new on campus that a lot of people aren't offering." Bardyn added that the space also needed to streamline faculty investigative experiences. "[Before], the investigative experience of a faculty member at the University of Washington required that they visit multiple websites and contact multiple departments, including the Health Sciences Library, to obtain support for new research," Bardyn said. "ITHS and the Health Sciences Library were used to handling routine interactions, each with their separate expertise, but in the digital age, services for researchers have morphed considerably."

The Solution

To design the Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) space and install the digital signage, the Health Sciences Library engaged CompView, an AV integration firm providing complete design/build solutions and technology products. CompView had previously worked with the university's school of medicine, which referred the integrator to the Health Sciences Library. "[The library] wanted it to be a high-impact space - a multipurpose collaboration and [data] visualization room that people from various departments could use," said Laurie Simon, sales account executive for CompView. The chosen space was originally a staff office area that would be redesigned. During initial redesign planning, the library conferred with CompView on the technology that would best suit its needs, as well as add something distinctive to the campus. "We talked about options like projectors, or a single large display, but it was really important to the library to have the flexibility to send video and data from multiple sources to individual displays or to a whole display [setup]," said Dean Roberts, systems integration manager for CompView. After conferring with CompView, the library settled on a 2x3 video wall comprising 55-inch displays, which would help health sciences clinical researchers analyze and visualize data, and give researchers the ability to send six different sources from various devices to any or all of the displays. "When you're collecting large data sets [to] have as many subjects and data sets as possible, as a lot of health science researchers do, it's helpful to have multiple screens to visualize and look at the data," said Sally Pine, special project librarian for the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington. "Spreadsheets only go so far, and having large-capacity screens to do analysis, or produce charts, graphs or 3D models is very helpful." Bardyn added that the changing needs of researchers in the digital age - including research data management, survey creation support, librarian consultations, data visualization space, bibliometrics, team science and more - made a video wall the best solution. "[TRAIL] leadership recognized the need to merge services and workflows and create spaces that housed fully immersive visual environments for joint groups or teams of investigators to view data," she said. After the library chose a video wall, CompView helped project admins select a manufacturer that would supply displays for the wall, and recommended NEC Display Solutions. "NEC offers a solid video wall solution," said Roberts. "It's a good, known product that compares well with anything on the market, price- wise." With the video wall solution in place, CompView got to work retrofitting the space.

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