The Virtual Nottingham Treasure Hunt 2006 (VNTH06) is a joint student project initiated as part of a first-year learning requirement of the NTU (Nottingham Trent University) Multimedia programme.
The online arrangement of the project has been designed to unify the collected student works through a manner that is both open and structured. I have used a grid of linked thumbnail images to do this based on the original map sectors used by students to make their projects. I have used this approach in an effort to enforce a single organising strategy for the project as a whole (through the use of a single top-level access point) and at the same time provide an open platform for students to consider the design of the relationships between each of their project elements within their individual presentations. I have also provided the students with the ability to interlink their projects with their peers projects and to the main menu through the use of a single contextual menu (that is available to users on the final screen of each of the student projects).
The publishing features of the project were automated using file-access functions (implemented using PHP server-side scripting) rather than through using the more traditional 3-tier application design approach (HTML forms - operational logic - persistent storage). I chose this method in this case because of its simplicity and its flexibility for facilitating easy reorganisation of content.
VNTH06 integrates multiple NTU Multimedia student presentations into a single interactive work. It is a publishing platform for organising heterogeneous content and a means for students to locate themselves within their local creative practice network.