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About DVAction and frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Genesis of the project

DVAction is a database of digital video and images comprised of techniques and equipment used in the general chemistry laboratory. It is a free resource designed for instructors to aid in the development of multimedia materials for their courses. Instructors can quickly link to any video segment or image (called objects) within the database or easily copy an object from the database into their own materials. The database is ideally suited for the creation of multimedia lecture presentations and online laboratory manuals and quizzes.

Flexibility was one of the key issues in the design of this database. Video techniques are divided into stand-alone segments so that instructors can choose to view a technique in its entirety or view a segment within a technique. For example, if instructors wish to focus on what happens at the endpoint of a titration, they do not have to show the entire titration. They can simply select the segment containing the endpoint. This allows for the creation of materials tailored to a specific need. The video objects also come with voice-over and text. Instructors can choose to use both these features, one of these features, or none of these features. For example, voice-over may be advantageous for an on-line laboratory manual; however, a lecturer may want to provide his or her own narration for a video presentation. Finally, there is flexibility in the way the objects are accessed. Instructors can link directly to an object in the database, or they can download objects to their computer or website. The method used to access the objects will depend to some extent on the application, disk space, and network speed.

Instructors may use DVAction in any creative way they choose. However, all objects within the database remain the property of the DVAction Project and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation. Instructors should take all appropriate steps to attribute credit. See complete Copyright statement.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: Can I link to DVAction?

A: Yes, you may link to DVAction. Detailed instructions are available. The creators of DVAction ask that all appropriate steps be taken to attribute credit; please review the complete copyright statement for more information.

Q: Can I copy movies and images from DVAction to my own site or computer?

A: Yes, you may copy DVAction media materials to your own computer or web site. The materials remain the property of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation and users are asked to give credit to the CIC and the DVAction project (see copyright statement for complete information).

Q: Can I add materials to DVAction?

A: In the future, it may be possible for end-users to add additional materials to the DVAction database. However, there are currently no concrete plans to add this feature to the project.

Q: Do you have any materials about [insert subject here]?

A: Everything created by the DVAction team is available in its entirety in the database. There are no additional techniques or modules in production.


Principal Investigators

  • Lynn Hunsberger, General Chemistry Laboratory Director/Lecturer, Northwestern University
  • M. Claire Dougherty, Head, Digital Media Services, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Roxy Wilson, Assistant Director, General Chemistry Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Chris Jones, Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rizalia Klausmeyer, Director of Freshman Laboratories, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate student assistants

  • Anne Eidelman, Chemistry, Northwestern University
  • Mary Ellen Biggin, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Video Team

  • Dennis Glenn, Manager, NUAmps, Academic Technologies, Northwestern University
  • Jason Betke, NUAmps, Northwestern University
  • Bill Petersen, Intern, NUAmps, Northwestern University
  • Yuko Nagaki, Intern, NUAmps, Northwestern University
  • Kai, Intern, Intern, NUAmps, Northwestern University

Database Team

  • M. Claire Dougherty
  • Russell Dawson, student consultant, Academic Technologies, Northwestern University
  • Kyung Kim, student consultant, University Library, Northwestern University

On-screen talent

  • Anne Eidelman
  • Roxy Wilson
  • Mary Ellen Biggin

Voice talent

  • Lynn Hunsberger

Administrative leadership

  • David Bishop, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Bob Taylor, Academic Technologies, Northwestern University
  • Harry Samuels, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Steve Marek, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Brian Nielsen, Academic Technologies, Northwestern University
  • Susan Gonzo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Timothy Eatman, Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC)

General cheerleading, advice, and ad-hoc assistance

  • Mark Schaefer, MMLC, Northwestern University
  • Stu Baker, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Volodymyr Karpenko, University Library, Northwestern University
  • Jim Ferolo, MMLC and RTVF, Northwestern University (and

Server support provided by Northwestern University Library's Information Technology Division and Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center. DVAction runs on a WindowsNT Server. The database engine is SQLServer; dynamic page generation in asp (Microsoft Active Server Pages). Video and images served from Apple OSX QuickTime Streaming Server and Apache web server. DVAction database based on IMS Metadata standard.

Copyright statement

All of the information, content and services (collectively, the "Content") within the DVAction website is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Northwestern University and the University of Illinois own the Content. The Content is intended for the educational, non-profit use of users of the Service only. Permission is expressly granted to copy or link to objects in the DVAction database under the following conditions: 1) the use must be for educational, non-profit purposes 2) full and complete attribution to the DVAction project must be included; no changes in or deletion of author attribution or copyright notice shall be made and 3) users acknowledge that they do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material. Users may not sell, charge fees for access to, or modify any portion of the Content in any other way or for any other purpose without the written consent of the CIC or DVAction. Requests regarding use of the Content for any purpose should be directed to Lynn Hunsberger at <>.

DVAction reserves the right to reject or terminate any inappropriate links to Project content. Miscellaneous: DVAction reserves the right at its discretion to change these Terms of Service and will notify users of any such changes by online postings. Your continued use of the Service after the posting of any amended Terms of Service shall constitute your agreement to be bound by any such changes. The Service may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of the Service, including the availability of any portion of the Content at any time, without notice or liability. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS STATED ABOVE OR ANY CHANGES THE SERVICE MAKES IN THESE TERMS, THEN PLEASE EXIT THE SERVICE IMMEDIATELY.