case study focuses on a research project to design and develop
language technology software. While computers are very effective
at storing lots of information and they can generate text,
it is a challenge to tell a computer to get information
out of a database and to present it as text in a flexible
way that suits individual needs. This is the challenge the
project tried to solve.
outcome of the project was a concept called Dynamic Document
Delivery (DDD). DDD is an approach for generating
World Wide Web pages directly from a database to suit an individual’s
interests, level of knowledge (including what the user has
just learnt), and even the language they speak. No one has
to write the web pages, the software generates them directly
from the database.
research project set out to design a DDD system that would
generate web pages from a database of objects in the Powerhouse
Museum. This was the Power project. This case study will
- What the project was all about.
Who developed the software.
problems the research tried to solve.
What goals the project had.
How the software was developed and designed.
case study includes transcripts from an interview with Associate
Professor Robert Dale, Macquarie University and Dr Cécile
L. Paris, CSIRO.
here to find out more about language technology.
studies developed by the Professional Support and
Curriculum Directorate and supported by the Multicultural
Programs Unit of the NSW Department of Education and
Training in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum