NASA Learning Technologies FY2005 Annual Performance Plan
Learning Technologies Project Office
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NASA Ames Research Center
Project: Animated Earth
Last update: 30 September 2005
This report documents the project’s objectives, deliverables, outcomes and ongoing progress. It
also describes the project’s plans for deployment, evaluation and continuation. This is a living
document – it is modified and updated as the project progresses.
1. Provide one-hundred (or more) internet-accessible animated visualizations of important Earth
Science processes, events, and phenomena to students, educators and the public, using NASA
remote sensing and model data.
2. Maintain a public server-side infrastructure to deliver these visualizations using the chosen
standards and protocols.
3. Provide support for appreciation of educational content:
3.1. Provide sufficient text descriptions to accurately identify animations. Include file size,
time frame, specific location if relevant (versus planetary) and scientific content.
3.2. Provide relevant keyword identifiers for animations. At a minimum this would include
the primary Earth science category or geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere or biosphere
with sufficient additional keywords to accurately define the animation (e.g., as listed by
DLESE or other standardization organization including animations that address topics
such as solar radiation [energy balance] recipe for a hurricane [natural disasters], on-
demand or resizable content [technology, health]). Specific NASA satellite and that
satellite’s data collection tool would also be appropriate.
4. Identify another visualization tool (e.g., NASA Digital Earth) that uses Animated Earth data.
5. Utilize the NLT forum capability as an evaluation and feedback mechanism.
1. K-16 teachers, students, and the general public.
2. Software developers desiring to include the visualization capability in their applications.
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