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AEIOU - The Development and Presentation of a Multimedia National Project

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Freiburg, Germany ISBN 978-1-880094-30-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The 5 letters AEIOU are found over the entrance of Austria's most famous gothic cathedral, St.Stephan's in Vienna. Nobody really knows what they stood for. Some say they stood for "Austria Erit In Orbe Ultima" (Latin) meaning something like "Austria will be the ultimate country in the world" or (German) "Allen Ernstes Ist Oesterreich Unersetzlich" meaning something like "All of the world belongs to Austria", and there are also some more modest interpretations! Be it as it be, Austria celebrated its millennium in 1996 and for this occasion the hypermedia group at Graz University of Technology was awarded a contract to prepare a multimedia presentation of Austria, again using AEIOU as acronym: this time the 5 letters stand for "Annotatable Electronic Interactive Austrian (in German Austria is called Oesterreich) Universal encyclopedia". By end of 1996 a 4 G Byte presentation of Austria including a complete encyclopedia, hundreds of pieces of music, hundreds of historic movie-clips, thousands of historic, geographic and arts pictures, and much more was available on the Web (see ). To be able to strucure and adminstrate such a huge amount of information new techniques involving the WWW based knowledge-management system Hyperwave (see ) were necessary. In this presentation, those techniques are presented. It is explained how AEIOU can be used as a treasure-cove for teaching and learning purposes. Continuing work and why it is necessary will also be discussed. AEIOU will be compared with some other similar undertakings. A good part of the demonstration will, however, be dedicated to a guided tour through some of the highlights of AEIOU, and this tour should be a feast for both eyes and ears.


Graz University of Technology, H.M. (1998). AEIOU - The Development and Presentation of a Multimedia National Project. In T. Ottmann & I. Tomek (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 1998--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (p. 29). Freiburg, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .