Michael Murtaugh

Glorianna Davenport
Research Supervisor

Dexter is a continuity engine which sits atop a database of story content. It provides a mechanism for associative navigation through the database, recommending the "best" material to see next, based on topics previously chosen by the audience. Dexter works on a "spreading activation network" concept, which assigns more energy to clips with more epistemic punch.

Several students have used the Dexter engine as a front-end for their own interactive documentary projects, including:

Jerome B. Wiesner: A Random Walk through the 20th Century.

MIT Athletics

Travelling in Zagori

Other projects have adapted the Dexter engine for other purposes, including:



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