Abstract: EARTH UPDATE is an interactive, real-time display system of Earth images and data designed for Museums and Schools and available to the general public as a "museum in a case"! Running from the CD-ROM, the program displays hundreds of images and movies of the best of earth images and data, documented, with web references of how to find out more. Roughly 15% of the material represents "today's data" ... - weather maps, bioactivity maps, earthquake maps, etc. By copying the software onto a hard drive, you can see "today's data" by downloading today's images free from the internet with a single click. Museums can subscribe to our automatic updating service. Each of the submodules can be run separately, resulting in 6 different kiosks if desired. Over a million visitors have interacted with our software in museum and school settings. This powerful software suite is now available for purchase as a single CD which includes both Mac OSX and Windows (2000/XP) versions.
Earth Update is an interactive, real-time display system of Earth images and data designed for Museums and Schools and now available to the general public as a "realtime museum on a disk"! Running from the CD-ROM, the program displays hundreds of images and movies of the best of earth images and data, documented, with live web links of how to find out more.
(Adapted from Public Connection home page)
We have created the "Public Connection" in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), by developing interactive real-time displays of real-time earth and space science data. The "Space Update" software has now been fully field-tested by over 800,000 visitors and is available for purchase for display at museums and schools! The all-new "Earth Update" software is also ready for sale. This project was initially funded by NASA/Goddard's Digital Library Technology Project and is now part of the Learning Technologies Program. "Earth Update" is funded by NASA's Office of Earth Science. Our logo, a 6-pointed star, is created from interlocking triangles. The silver triangle symbolizes observing space from the Earth (the bottom point is man with two upward arms reaching to the solar system on the left and the galaxy and beyond on the right). The blue triangle symbolizes observing Earth from space (the top point is a spacecraft viewing down to observe the curved Earth below). The former symbolizes our "Space Update" software - the second, our "Earth Update" software.