The Nimbus PC-186 was one of only 2 computer systems that were able to interface to the Philips VP-415 Laserdisc player and access the content held on the specially created discs that were made as part of a partnership between Acorn Computers, Philips, Logica and the BBC to mark the 900th
of the original Domesday Book.
The project, which included contributions from 10,000 to 14,000 schools and is thought to have cost over £3m, was recorded in 1986 on two newly developed interactive video discs from Philips. The discs were named 'The Community Disc' which was double sided and 'The National Disc' which was single sided.
The National disc is a more adventurous disc than the other and is fun to use, wheras the Community disc is more for educational and fact-finding purposes i.e to be used merely as a sophisticated map (Rod Harrision)
Each school was sent a list of four different things to do. The area they were given was divided into twelve kilometre squares. For each square, the children had to decide the three most important types of 'land cover' . What was on the land? Woods? Farms? Housing? For each square they counted how many amenities there were . Sixty one things were listed to count, from factories to hospitals. The schools also chose four photographs which they thought best showed what their area was like, and wrote captions to the photographs. Last of all, they wrote twenty pages about the special things which happened in their area .
The Nimbus implimentation of the Domesday System consisted of:
A Nimbus computer with a keyboard and mouse
Installing the Domesday System
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