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New Columbia Interactive Design Features Better Browsing and Highlights the 'Interactive'

By Lauren Marshall

Trophic levels of the Serengeti Plain

Columbia Interactive, Web portal to the majority of Columbia's digital content, now features a new subject area format, making it easier to browse a variety of digital resources for related information, and a more accurate search engine.

There are 16 new subject areas including arts, science, history, literature, business and finance, and education. In addition to showcased items, such as a featured digital tool, faculty profile, essay or multi-media article, each subject area provides links to e-seminars, class websites, events, faculty interviews, learning tools and centers and institutes that relate to that subject.

As part of the upgrade, Columbia Interactive users will, for the first time, have general access to dozens of new cutting-edge interactive learning tools created for e-seminars. One such digital learning tool, a multimedia explanation of the three-tiered ecosystem in the Serengeti Plains featuring the voice of Dickson Despommier, professor of Health and Microbiology, is the showcased item for the science subject area. "The new format highlights some of Columbia's best examples of digital media across disciplines and allows users to easily find them," said Jason Fox, managing director of production for Columbia Digital Knowledge Ventures(Columbia DKV), the creators of Columbia Interactive.

The new subject areas have been designed as the primary way to search through the Columbia Interactive site. Advanced word searches can also be performed and are more accurate with the integration of new Inktomi technology, similar to what appears on Google.com. The search function is now accessible from every page on Columbia Interactive.

Columbia Interactive, a growing database of the University's digital resources, allows students, faculty and staff to register for e-seminars featuring notable Columbia faculty free of charge. Forty-one e-seminars have been created to date. The following lists some newly released e-seminars.

Medical Ecology: Environmental Disturbance and Disease E-Seminar 3, Normal Environment: Stratospheric Problems with Dickson Despommier, professor of public health and microbiology.

Covering Terrorism, E-Seminar 1, The Media and 9/11 with Brigitte Nacos, associate professor of political science

Nonviolent Power in Action, A Series of Three E-Seminars with Dennis Dalton, Barnard professor of political science E-Seminar 1, Gandhi: Discovering the Power of NonviolenceE-Seminar 2, Martin Luther King Jr.: An American GandhiE-Seminar 3, Gandhi's Disciples

America Since 1945, E-Seminar 2, The Politics of Anti-communism with Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History.

The Politics of Health Care, E-Seminar 1, The Roots of Health Care in the United States with Michael S. Sparer, associate professor of public health

Slavery and Emancipation, E-Seminar 1, The Origins of Slavery in the New World with Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton professor of History

Introduction to Cardiac Care, Heart disease is America's leading killer with Benjamin H. Lewis, assistant professor at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

The Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, E-Seminar 1, The Crisis of Victorianism with Casey Nelson Blake, Columbia professor of history

America and the Muslim World, E-Seminar 1, Battles and Bibles, 1776-1913 with Richard W. Bulliet, professor of history

The History of the City of New York, E-Seminar 2, Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground with Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun professor of History and Social Sciences.

Published: Apr 04, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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