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‘Ancient’ website touted world’s best e-content

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Ivana Filipovic, 604.506.2441 (cell); ivana_filipovic@sfu.ca
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323


August 13, 2009
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An SFU-designed website that portrays the Fraser Valley as it was thousands of years ago has emerged ahead of 20,000 other e-projects from around the globe to win the World Summit Award, the United Nations-based contest for e-content and creativity.

A Journey into Time Immemorial (http:www.sfu.museum/time/), which is based on First Nations traditional knowledge and oral history, was selected from 500 finalists by a team of international e-content experts in New Delhi.

The site was created by SFU’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and new media specialists from the Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC) together with representatives of the Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre in Mission, B.C.

The project has already gathered numerous national and international awards. “This one is great because it’s on the world stage, spreading Canadian content across the globe,” says Ivana Filipovic of the LIDC team.

“Its success comes from the great working relationship we have had with the Xá:ytem Centre. We were given great creative freedom and worked closely with our Mission partners, who came to campus several times for film shoots (as characters for the site story). This really made the website come alive.”

The site was credited by the WSA for its “dynamic panoramas” used in the recreation of the Xá:ytem ancient dwelling and spiritual site.

Of the contestants, WSA chair Peter A. Bruck says: “We do not see a digital Hollywood or Fleet Street…..rather, the most interesting e-contents come from smaller markets and players – they appear to be much more in touch with users and their communities.”

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