PICTURES FROM 25 JULY 2003:
A small big idea by the School of Administration at
Friday afternoon, the School of
Administration at UFRGS hosted
one of the main events in the segment of national public security:
a meeting of the Office of Integrated Management of the Public
Security National Department (SENASP), broadcast live by EATw
to other public security departments throughout the country.
meeting took place at the School of Administration because it features a
Web-based conference service, in which a video chat capability allows
simultaneous audio and video streaming over the Internet, providing
users all over the world with real time interaction.
the SENASP meeting, interactivity was paramount in order to discuss the
topic with other regional departments in Brazil. Likewise,
the experience in RS is a pioneer in the consolidation of a Unique
Public Security System, an idea proposed by the Federal Government, and
which needs to be disseminated. After
live broadcasting, EATw can make the respective records available for
later on-demand access over the Internet.
meeting had the participation of illustrious guests: the
Governor of RS, Germano Rigotto; the Minister of Justice, Márcio Thomaz
Bastos; and the Special
Secretary of the President's Council for Economic and Social Development,
Tarso Genro. It was conducted by the National Secretary for Public
Security, Luiz Eduardo Soares; and the Secretary of Justice and Security
of RS, José Otávio Germano. The
Regional Coordinator, Júlio César Cônsul, was also present, as well
as several other authorities.
broadcasting room at the School of Administration was used, as well
as contiguous classrooms, for live broadcasting, to make it easier for
journalists and other guests to follow the event.
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see the event’s video by clicking here
affectionately known by the expression "This is our TV on the Web”,
was officially created in the Administration School at UFRGS in May
2002, during the term of post-graduation coordinator Professor
Henrique Freitas, with the purpose of "socialising knowledge
in administration through the use of new communication and interaction
In practice, it broadcasts live events allowing for synchronous
interaction through the video chat capability, with later on-demand
access to the contents digitally recorded.
In just over a year, it has already broadcast many live events,
generating a vast and rich virtual collection, openly available to the
appearance of this interesting innovation in academic and social
settings was caused by budget restrictions laid out at UFRGS, by the
peculiar culture of its School of Administration of "showing one’s
face and what one does”, and by the idealistic vision of professors
The original idea came up with the evolution of experiences
accomplished by professor Luis
Roque Klering on the Wcams
web site, which has always been inspired by a popular web site in the US
(Earthcam), which films the
streets of New York. In 1999, this web site started replacing its web
cams with video cameras, generating really live pictures.
This feeling of being able to see real New York streets from
Porto Alegre (virtually, on the screen of a PC), millions of kilometres
away, was really impressive – or, so to speak, incredible!
that observation, the following reasoning derived:
if they can do that, we can do the same around here, broadcasting
live from the Praça da Matriz, Largo dos Açorianos, the Guaíba River
and other places to all over all the world, just like in a small TV set.
This idea led to another one, even more fascinating:
if it was possible to film a street, then it would also be
possible to film a classroom and make it possible to broadcast classes
and other academic events, such as
thesis defences, interviews, lectures, and ceremonies, and
broadcast them over the Internet.
countless experiences were made, until we arrived at a basic kit for
In 18 May 2001, a pioneer experience was made in the School of
Administration at UFRGS:
a live Internet broadcasting of a dissertation proposal defence
Other increasingly better broadcastings were accomplished,
culminating in the creation of EATw in May 2002.
example of EATw, providing
live broadcasting by using merely a basic kit (video camera, digital
video card, microphones, notebook and video server), is a solution much
cheaper and flexible than other solutions based on large and fixed
teleconference rooms. Also, it has an extraordinary advantage:
live broadcastings and recordings can be accessed from anywhere
at any time.
video chat technology is not a complex one. It just seems to break some
strongly rooted paradigms. It will certainly exert great impact in the
near future on the areas of education (with the intensification of long
distance learning), health, politics, and town management. Also, it will
help bring citizens together, conduct long distance conferences, allow a
joint discussion of projects and make many other solutions feasible.
The picture of a video chat seems to restore an interesting
illustrative analogy masterfully used by Charlie Chaplin in his film
"Modern Times”, produced in 1936, showing a kind of "window"
by which a company’s president, from his office, could see and
interact with others parts of the company.
is also anticipating a nearby future, in which distances between
different spots in the world will be shorter and shorter, or even
PICTURES FROM 20 JUNE 2003:
Where beaches, plenty of natural beauties,
history, religion, magic, enchantment, mysteries and much heat come
The capital of the state of Bahia is more
than 400 years old. It was founded by Portuguese governor Tomé de Souza
in order to host the Portuguese Empire in America, after they arrived in
Brazil in 1500. It was the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763.
See some pictures taken in the city's
(Note: Itororó Dike was built during the
Dutch invasion, between 1624 and 1625)
Construction works at the future metro line: 1
Irmã Dulce Health Centre: 1
Pelourinho Square, a meeting point of Bahians:
PICTURES FROM 8 JUNE 2003:
A tour of its streets
The capital of Rio Grande do Sul has a new
and modern option of leisure: a double-decker bus, which goes on a tour
of the city several times a day, in an itinerary that takes about one
hour and a half. The point of departure and arrival is the parking lot
at the Usina do Gasômetro. The bus passes by streets and avenues such
as Beira-Rio, Borges de Medeiros, José de Alencar, Érico Veríssimo,
João Pessoa, Osvaldo Aranha, Goethe, 24 de Outubro, Independência,
Duque de Caxias, Riachuelo, Siqueira Campos and Mauá. From the bus
“top floor”, especially arranged for it, one has an interesting view
of the city.. It looks like one is a new world, an almost imaginary one.
That’s Porto Alegre, tchê.
It is worth seeing!
following pictures are only a few selected ones, from a much greater
number of photographs:
For more information on the tourist line, click here.
PICTURES FROM 1 JUNE 2003:
portico at the Town Park, built in the shape of a giant strawberry, the
symbol of the city. Every two years, this park hosts the Festa
Nacional do Moranguinho (Strawberry National Fair).
Other former views on Wcams:
Translated by Traduzca