About Windows on Maine
About the Pilot Project
Educational Video on Demand and Interactivity
Native American Resources
HOME: The Story of Maine
QUEST: Investigating Our World
Gulf of Maine Science Collection
Digital Maine Learning Group
Searching and Browsing the Collections
Visual Browsing: Video Ticker, Clickable Maps
Browser Plugins: Audio, Video, Multimedia
Use and Reproduction
Video and Audio Compression
A Pilot Project to Support Maine's Teachers and Learners -
Video on demand
Windows on Maine is a pilot project to develop an online service
offering streaming video programs and clips, and other primary and secondary
digital resources, via broadband and wireless connections. It features a
searchable database of complete programs and video clips from Maine Public
Broadcasting Network's award winning historical series, HOME, the Story of
Maine and its signature science series, Quest, Investigating Our World. Rich
multimedia that further documents Maine's history and the Gulf of Maine ecology
has been selected from collections of the state's cultural institutions, and
complements the video archive.
The Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine, Maine Public
Broadcasting Network (MPBN) and the Maine State Museum, in collaboration with
founding members of the Digital Maine Learning Group, have created a growing
number of digital resources in support of school-based and life-long learning.
Through Windows on Maine, crucial access is provided to enriched content that
is essential to meeting the 21st century skills embedded in learning standards.
Digital content is also a key component of current middle and high school
professional development and training programs.
Educational Video-on -Demand and Interactivity
Windows on Maine explores the promise of Video on Demand (VOD),
streaming media and its potential to be a force in evolving a new educational
paradigm. Asynchronous streaming media used in the database includes video,
audio, animation, interactive resources including Flash, searchable text,
photographs, datasets, hot spots, web links, and transcripts. It offers the
educational advantage of 24x7, or the "anytime-anywhere" notion that allows
teachers and learners to tune in when and where they want. Entire programs from
MPBN's Home and Quest series are available for on-demand viewing. Carefully
selected clips from programs in each series illustrate key curricular concepts,
and may be streamed on-demand, or downloaded to individual computers and
integrated into lessons. The video resources are complemented by a broader
range of other digitally converted materials: images of artifacts, text
resources, audio files, maps, data sets, satellite and radar images, sonar and
other seafloor images
Today, the speed of networks and most computers enables students and educators
to access digital resources and a large variety of the tools used in multimedia
production. Software is available to make digitizing video, photos, audio, and
outputting edited movies to DVD, a fairly easy processes.
Everyone takes in information differently. Some remember what they
see. Some remember what they read, and some, what they hear. Windows on Maine
is designed to help students and teachers find the resources they need, and
present their ideas in a variety of interesting and memorable formats.
The web site also offers K-12 teachers online professional
development programming through the Annenberg/CPB educational distribution
network, thereby increasing the speed of Internet streaming access to video
resources that support teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Windows on Maine is more than a content database. The Web site is designed as a
vehicle to support the integration of technologies into classroom instruction
and curricula. As the collection is developed, advisors will help determine
video clips and other resources that best serve educators' needs in specific
subjects. It is made freely available as a tool to support quality technology
training, which focuses on instructional skills and classroom content, and to
facilitate the use of technology to change learning strategies.
The broad themes of the Windows on Maine pilot collection document Maine's
history and the Gulf of Maine ecology as impacted by its dominant and changing
natural resources: the forest and the sea. For the pilot project Windows
provides access to the five most popular and heavily used programs from the
HOME and Quest series. Hundreds of carefully edited clips from these programs
have been individually indexed and may be streamed or downloaded. Other
complete programs in each series are also available.
Multimedia resources have been selected from the collections of Fogler Library
and the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine, Northeast Historic
Films, Maine State Museum, Maine State Archives, and the Maine Historical
Society for their importance in enriching the broad themes that portray Maine's
history and the Gulf of Maine ecology: forestry and lumbering; fishing and
fishermen; hunting, trading, fur trading; shipping and ship building. Resources
that enrich the study of the Gulf of Maine science were evaluated and selected
by Gulf of Maine a consultant and a science teacher from
authoritative sites on the World Wide Web.
Native American Resources
A special focus has been given to the selection of resources that
support the study of Native Americans in Maine (LD 291), and their history,
cultural and economic systems, government and politics, and tribal territories.
A Native American consultant to the project selected resources for inclusion in
HOME: the Story of Maine series
The HOME project has been under development for four years and is
being produced in partnership by MPBN and the Maine State Museum, with support
from an IMLS Leadership grant. At the cornerstone of the project is a series of
half-hour television programs (past and current programs (13)), in-depth Web
site content, and companion classroom materials. HOME: The Story of Maine
series has won the following awards:
2004 Boston/New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural Affairs
Program - "Frontier Wars"
2004 National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)
Outstanding Instructional Program Award - "Rolling Back the Frontier"
2003 Silver Telly Award in the TV documentary category for "People
of the Dawn"
2003 Bronze Telly Award in the Cultural category for "Rolling Back
2003 Bronze Telly Award in the TV Documentary category for "Rolling
Back the Frontier"
QUEST: Investigating Our World series
Quest is a science project being produced by MPBN, and offers
similar components: a television series of one-hour programs (five programs
from past years and six programs from 2005), in-depth Web site content, and
companion lesson plans. The overall science themes explored in QUEST focus
primarily on the natural and environmental sciences.
QUEST is the winner of three CINE Golden Eagle Awards, an international
competition. The winning episodes are Pandemic, Summer: Getting the Bugs Out,
and Aquaculture: Down on the Salmon Farm.
Gulf of Maine Science Collection
This collection of video clips, animated simulations, interactive
maps, and audio files offers a window into the ecology, oceanography,
fisheries, and natural history of the Gulf of Maine. A science consultant
selected the resources to support enriched learning activities related to the QUEST
episode "Gulf of Maine." Teachers and students can integrate materials from the
Gulf of Maine science collection-such as recordings of whale sounds, underwater
video of fish and their habitats, and a real-time map of ocean currents-into
The Digital Maine Learning Group
Statement of purpose: Maine has a unique opportunity, in the
context of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), to use digital
content in service of the state's economic, educational, and cultural
development. The Digital Maine Learning Group was founded to help members work
in a coordinated manner to ensure wise use of limited resources. Contributing
members to the Windows on Maine Project are:
Maine Public Broadcasting
Fogler Library, University of Maine
Maine State Museum
Maine State Archives
Maine Historical Society
Northeast Historic Film
Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine
All items in the public domain are credited to the originating
source. Maine Public Broadcasting Network has granted the project classroom
rights to the Home and Quest series programs.
Footage from Northeast Historic Film obtained through Windows on
Maine may not be used for commercial purposes. Northeast Historic Film (NHF)
grants a Creative Commons "Attribution - NonCommercial License" for the moving
images from NHF's collections included in Windows on Maine unless otherwise
Permission to use materials under copyright for educational
purposes has been obtained. We request that credit be attributed to the
creators and/or collection sources for all resources.
Searching and Browsing the Collection
Search and browse are combined in a single interface. A keyword
field is available, but may be left blank if a topic is selected from dropdown
menu. Quick Search returns results that display video resources first, followed
by releated documents.
Using the advanced search, visitors may conduct searches by most
metadata elements associated with an object: title, description, subject,
resource type, date, geographical locations (city, town, reservation and
county) and keyword. The Advanced Search returns results that display video
resources first, followed by related documents.
To make access to image files more convenient, the web site
displays the image files in three ways: thumbnail images for a list of results,
medium sized images for viewing online (72 dpi), and larger size images for
downloading and use in movies and other projects. Video files (.mov or .wmv)
are streamed based on the user's connection speed.
Visual Browsing - Video Ticker
You may be one of those users who have clear ideas of what results to expect
when you search Windows on Maine. Or, you may be uncertain about your retrieval
needs, or unfamiliar with the structures and types of information available in
this video database.
The Video Ticker is an intuitive and interesting way to browse
random samplings of video clips. A stream of thumbnail images and titles moves
at varying speeds across your desktop, and are linked to more detailed
information and the video clip. The Video Ticker requires a Flash player.
The Video Ticker is designed as an end-user browsing tool that
imparts an overall sense of what is available in the collection, and then
allows drilling down to specific topics of interest. The primary goal is to
provide random, visual access to video that has been divided into clips, as an
alternative to video indexing, querying, and retrieval.
A map of Maine and a map of the Gulf of Maine watershed serve as
visual browse interfaces. You may click on a feature on a map and find
resources related to selected locations, (town, city, county,
reservation, body of water or mountain on the map). The map search may also be
limited by time period. Use the Advanced Search to retrieve resources by any
location name .
You can also select a place and display all associated names and
their legal history. To maintain consistency in place names, trace the history
of a name, and provide a unique identifier for minor civil divisions (cities,
towns, reservations, etc) within Maine, the State Geocodes are mapped from
metadata provided by the catalogers, and provide uniformity for place names
among multiple institutions. The Maine State Geocodes database is available
courtesy of James Henderson, Maine State Archivist.
The web site has been designed to function with the most recent web
browsers. Due to differences in web browsers, and the variety of media offered,
displays may not be uniform. Access to all the resources may best be obtained
with later versions of browsers:
Internet Explorer (IE) for Windows (Versions 5 and 6)
Opera for Macintosh OS 8.6-9.2
Safari and Netscape for Macintosh OS X.
Firefox 1.0 for Windows
Plug-ins: Video, Audio, multimedia
Video files are MPEG-4 files that use a QuickTime3 player
(.mov extension) and Windows Media player (.wmv). For both platforms
intelligent streaming is available, which automatically adjusts the bit rate of
each client stream according to bandwidth that is currently available. For some videos, progressive download is used rather than streaming.
Audio resources are compressed as MPEG-4 files and use the QuickTime format.
Your browser may automatically prompt you to download and install the
Multimedia: Transcripts of Historical Documents, Flash movies
Historical documents that are difficult to read are displayed in a
unique interface that gives the viewer a zoomable image of the document and a
sliding "tray" containing a transcription of the document. The tray is parked
to the right when the page loads, with the transcript hidden. The visitor may
slide it to the left in front of the document, and move it out of the way for
viewing the document image. The transcription and image are separately
zoomable, and transcription text may be copied and pasted into word processing
documents for use in school projects and lesson plans.
Transcripts of original documents require the Macromedia Flash plug-in, available as a free download. The web
site's opening Flash movie also requires the plug in. Flash Player allows you
to view and interact with applications within a web page.
Use and Reproduction
All resources may be downloaded. We request that credit be attributed to the creators and/or
collection sources for all resources.
Certain pages on this site may ask for contact information. These
may include contact forms, logins or feedback pages. The information collected
by this site is used only for the educational aims of the site, to respond to
visitor inquiries and to facilitate instructional functions. Information is not
shared with or sold to any third party for any reason, and is not made
available to other departments of the University of Maine without the express
written permission of the person whose information is involved.
Windows on Maine is a collection of historical documents and
streaming video. It is our policy to make every effort to create material that
is accessible to all users. If you have difficulties accessing the material on
this site or are unable to use the files in their current format, we will be
happy to work with you to find an alternative method of delivery. For more
information, contact Maine Infonet E-mail:
Metadata Guidelines for the project were developed and revised
regularly as the items selected from the various collections raised
unanticipated issues. The primary schema is based on a widely used, qualified
version of the Dublin Core schema: the Dublin Core Libraries Working Group
Application Profile (LAP). The DC schema can map readily to other schemas, such
as MPEG-7, by referring to the existing mappings by other projects. Metadata
Guidelines include the following documents: Elements Table, Guidelines, Type
Vocabulary, Object and Multiple Files, and Topics Thesaurus.
An interactive cataloging interface supports delivery of metadata
to the database In general metadata was delivered in batch from each archive,
mapped to the metadata profile, and made accessible for collection curators to
edit and revise as necessary.
The State GeoCodes are mapped from metadata provided by the
cataloger to maintain consistency in place names, trace the history of a name,
and provide a unique identifier for minor civil divisions (cities, towns,
reservations, etc). This metadata makes it possible for users to click a map
and the have displayed all associated place names and their legal history, or
retrieve associated documents based on location (Geocode). Additionally, using
the Geocodes provided uniformity for place names among multiple organizations.
Digitization of Video
Video and audio compression:
|Digital Master Formats
||Internal 4CC 'Sink'
|DVCPRO 25 (NTSC 8-bit 4:1:1
||Target video bitrate
||Target audio bitrate
||Total essence bandwidth
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