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2010.11.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Graduate Students Create Video Interview Prototype for Project Harmony

Omaha - Graduate students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Capstone in Management Information Systems course will demonstrate the secure online video interview distribution system (VIDS) prototype they created this semester for Project Harmony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, inside the atrium of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, 67th and Pacific Streets.

The course, based in UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology, consists of a student-executed, real world information system project to benefit the community by leveraging students’ skills honed during their academic program toward a Master’s of Information Systems degree.

The 13 graduate students, under the direction of faculty member Dr. Gert-Jan de Vreede, worked with Deb Anderson and Patrick Falke of Project Harmony to develop the VIDS prototype.

Project Harmony representatives will also be on hand during the Dec. 9 prototype presentation at UNO.

Project Harmony is a non-profit child advocacy center founded in 1996, whose mission is to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.

Project Harmony has been searching for a method to secure the distribution of videotaped interviews to replace their current DVD system. VIDS is designed to serve Project Harmony as they improve their services to law enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services in Nebraska and Iowa.

VIDS provides a secure, online instrument for distribution of videotaped interviews to preauthorized individuals within the Special Victims Unit, Child Protective Services and other local, county and state law enforcement agencies, and prosecuting and defense attorneys.

Users can log into VIDS through a secure portal to view interviews – eliminating the need to create and distribute DVD copies to many locations.

The end-user functions are easy to navigate. The administrative user functions are much more robust, allowing the administrator to manage users and agencies, and process and deliver videos from their desktop. In the past there have been issues with the disposal of obsolete DVD; with VIDS, that concern no longer exists.

For more information, contact Wendy Townley, UNO University Relations, at (402) 554-2762; or Patrick Falke, Project Harmony, at (402) 595-1326.

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